David Schwimmer on ‘Friends’ Fame: It Messed with My Relationships 

David Schwimmer appeared on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast where he discussed how fame from the role on Friends drastically altered not only his relationships but how he generally conducted himself in public.

“It was pretty jarring and it messed with my relationship to other people in a way that took years, I think, for me to kind of adjust to and become comfortable with,” he said. “As an actor, the way I was trained, my job was to observe life and to observe other people, and so I used to walk around with my head up, and really engaged and watching people.”

“The effect of celebrity was the absolute opposite,” Schwimmer continued. “It made me want to hide under a baseball cap, not be seen. And I realized after a while that I was no longer watching people; I was trying to hide. So I was trying to figure out: How do I be an actor in this new world, in this new situation? How do I do my job? So that was tricky.”

The 49-year-old actor also discussed the appeal of NBC’s show, which became a bona fide sensation (52.5 million tuned in for the show’s finale) and garnering a devoted fandom — even now.

“Because you are in their home, there’s something very approachable about actors on television, and I think especially in a half-hour comedy, where there’s something very comforting about it,” he said. “In our show I’m the same guy for 10 years, you can rely on me to be a certain way and you know me — or you think you know me.”