A little more than 17 years after they exited TV screens for good, the cast of Friends is doing their damndest to prove they're still there for us.
As if it weren't enough that the HBO Max reunion is finally happening May 27, or that the whole gang got together in October 2019, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer joining forces to help Jennifer Aniston break the Internet with her Instagram debut, but the girls' also gifted us with an Emmys bit last September that helped us keep our fan fiction alive.
Because, yes, we 100 percent want to believe that the trio has been living together since NBC's must-see sitcom premiered 26 years ago. As Aniston joked with host Jimmy Kimmel, "We've been roommates since 1994....Hello?"
And lest we forget that our favorite nostalgia viewing debuted a whole two-and-a-half decades ago, 2019's blast from the past moment really drove that point home.
While it makes perfect sense that the twins who once played baby Emma Geller-Greene would have grown up in the years since Aniston and Schwimmer serenaded them with their best rendition of Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back," seeing them as teenagers was a bit jarring.
But, hey, not only does it appear the new millennium has treated 18-year-old Cali Sheldon and Noelle Sheldon well (we presume those residual checks aren't bad), their acting careers are coming along swimmingly as well.
Though the teens, based in Manhattan Beach, Calif., haven't made it a point to pursue acting hard core—"Our girls go to a normal school, and they go on auditions once in a while, but we don't make it our top priority," mom Gretchen Carpenter told Bustle back in 2015—they still nabbed plum roles in Jordan Peele's March 2019 horror flick release, Us.
Granting an interview to their high school newspaper, the identical twins remarked how floored they were to have a chance to act alongside the likes of Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, and Elisabeth Moss. (Forget the fact that their very first gig had them working with Emmy winner Aniston.)
"I never really thought I could meet people like [Nyong'o, Duke and Moss], so it was a really cool experience," Noelle said of their turn as a set of thoroughly creepy twins. "I didn't want to mess up because they were watching. So it was stressful, but in a good way."
Thankfully Peele provided a steady guiding hand. "Everyone there was super friendly, and Jordan Peele was insanely nice and he is an actual genius," Cali said. "To see him work was really cool, [and] he was super nice to us and he [was] just like a regular guy trying to make us feel comfortable."
Though they've just begun their freshman year at the University of California, Los Angeles (Cali has said her dream is to get a biochemistry degree, "so I can become a chemist and cure cancer. Then I want to petition for women to be allowed into a football league. Then I'm going to write a book") the 10-day job filming in Santa Cruz inspired them each to reconsider their dream career paths.
"I actually thought that I did not want to be an actress before we got the parts because I thought it would be too much work," Cali said, noting the instability of the field, "but seeing all of those [actors on set] as just regular people inspired me."
Should the teens forge ahead in Hollywood, they'd certainly be amongst good company. Plenty of their fellow Friends child stars continued acting after stints on the beloved comedy and it's safe to say their careers are anything but D.O.A.
So to bide our time as we wait for the cast's six stars to reunite, we decided to check in and see how the series' youngest stars are doin'.
(Originally published March 30, 2019 at 3 a.m. PT)