So, it turns out Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer weren’t the only cast members who had a crush on Jennifer Aniston during their time on Friends.
Cole, 31, became a prominent child actor during the 2000s and featured in more than half-a-dozen episodes of Friends between the year 2000 and 2002.
Starring as Ross Geller’s son, Cole rose to prominence during his time on the series and eventually landed a role on Disney series The Suite Life of Zac and Cody, along with his brother Dylan.
And now Cole has admitted that, during his time on the sitcom, he was ‘head over heels’ in love with co-star Jennifer Aniston – who played Rachel Green – admitting to sometimes forgetting his lines while he was looking at her.
Appearing on US morning talk show Live With Kelly and Mark, he said: ‘I was on Friends for about eight to 10 episodes. I think I was like seven or eight (years old) at the time.’
Ben and Ross turned the pranks back on Rachel in Ben’s big episode (Picture: NBC/Getty)
Cole Sprouse appeared in seven episodes of Friends between 2000 and 2002 (Picture: NBC/Getty)
When asked how he felt about working with Jennifer, he confessed: ‘I was head over heels about her. I’ve said it a couple of times before but I blanked when she looked at me in the eyes. Like I completely lost all of my lines, all the prep.’
One episode in particular, The One With the Truth About London, sees Rachel teaching Ben about pranks she used to play on her sisters.
Jennifer Aniston played Rachel Green for 10 years (Picture: FilmMagic)
Cole admitted he was ‘intimidated’ by Friends’ popularity (Picture: Shutterstock)
Friends ran from 1994 to 2004 (Picture: NBC/Getty)
And Cole admitted that being on set for the biggest show in the world was sometimes tough to handle: ‘I knew there was an energy in the studio that made me go, this is the biggest show in the world.’
Speaking about working with Jennifer, as well as David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and Courteney Cox, he added: ‘I knew it was massive, and I felt very intimidated when I walked in.’
Cole also told hosts Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos that he never watched episodes of Friends after he was done filming them because, despite appearing on the show, he was ‘too young’.
Cole (right) played Cody Martin on The Suite Life of Zac and Cody (Picture: Disney)
‘I’d never seen Friends. I never watched it. I was always too young.’
And he wasn’t the only Friends star who admitted to crushing on Jennifer, with Matthew Perry revealing before his death aged 54 that he had also had feelings for the We’re the Millers star.
In 2021, during the reunion special, David Schwimmer also admitted that he and Jennifer had feelings for each other while filming Ross and Rachel’s love story across the show’s 10 seasons – although, they never dated.
After finishing up on Friends, Cole went on to have a lengthy TV and film CV, appearing as Cody Martin in Disney series The Suit Life of Zac and Cody, as well as its spin-off show The Suite Life on Deck.
He also appeared as Cody in special episodes of fellow Disney Channel series, including Hannah Montana and That’s So Raven, before appearing in The Suite Life Movie in 2011.
Later in his career, after some time out of the spotlight, he returned to TV as Jughead Jones on Riverdale, which he was involved with for six years between 2017 and its conclusion in 2023.
Friends is available to stream on Netflix.
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