She became one of Friend’s most popular guest stars, thanks in part to the instantly recognizable cackle of her character Janice.
So it was only fitting that Maggie Wheeler should make a surprise appearance on HBO’s Max’s Friend reunion special, which was released Thursday.
The 59-year-old actress stopped by series stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer to reminisce about her time working on the classic sitcom.
Can’t Miss Her: Maggie Wheeler, 59, appeared as a surprise at Thursday’s Friends reunion as she fell into the role of Chandler Bing’s longtime on-off girlfriend Janice; still from the Friends Reunion
The cast provided a perfect entrance moment when they joked about how Lisa Kudrow laughed the loudest on set when she was in the role of Phoebe, before showing a behind-the-scenes clip of her playing at an inopportune moment. burst out laughing.
Of course, Maggie Wheeler’s Janice didn’t want to be fooled in the laugh contest, so she came in from the side of the stage.
“My God, I can’t believe you didn’t tell me!” she shouted in Janice’s grating nasal voice.
Janice took a seat on the arm of the plastered sofa, wearing a black blazer over a black floral blouse showing a hint of gray.
Unbeatable: The cast provided a perfect entrance moment when they joked about how Lisa Kudrow laughed the loudest on set, although no one could put Maggie’s Janice on stage; still from friends
Not to forget, “My God, I can’t believe you didn’t tell me!” she called in Janice’s voice as she sat on the arm of the sofa; still from the Friends Reunion
My little man! She shared greetings with the main cast, including a sweet hug with Matthew, for whom she played his longtime girlfriend.
She shared greetings with the main cast, including a sweet hug with Matthew, who she played his longtime girlfriend to.
Host James Corden’s first question to Maggie was how she made the popular character, which wasn’t much of a challenge for her.
‘You know, I got the audition sides on my fax and it says fast talking New Yorker, and I thought, [in Janice’s voice] “I know her. I … she just lives in me, that’s it.”
The actress spoke in a remarkably lower, sweet voice, but she was able to switch immediately to Janice’s rough, higher voice.
One of course: she said the part required a “ fast-talking New Yorker, ” and everything else came naturally. ‘I know her. I … she lives in me, that’s it ‘
Old Friends: She shared greetings with the main cast, including a sweet hug with Matthew, who she played his old girlfriend against; still from the Friends Reunion
Even though she knew right away which voice she wanted to use for Janice, it wasn’t until she got in touch with her main costar Matthew Perry that the classic laugh came to her mind.
“Matthew Perry is so funny, and the second I saw him and he opened his mouth, I was like,” Oh God, I’m going to lose it, I’m going to die. This character needs a laugh because I won’t be a single scene. with this guy, ” she admitted.
And I just looked and he and I went [Janice’s laugh] and that was it. It was just born in the moment, ‘she continued.
Thank you, Matthew, for your inspiration. And anyway everyone, oh my God, the Friends reunion, and I get to be a part of it! ‘
Inspired: It wasn’t until she started with her main costar Matthew Perry that the classic laugh came to mind; still from Friends Reunion
I can’t help but say, “Matthew Perry is so funny, and as soon as I saw him and he opened his mouth, I was like,” Oh God, I’m going to lose it, I’m going to burst. ” she shared
Big moment: She laughed to face the fact that Matthew was so funny. And I just looked and he and I went [Janice’s laugh] and that was it. It was just born in the moment, ”she revealed; still from friends
Maggie was already an established actress at the time of her Friends appearances, appearing in movies and TV shows dating back to the early 1980s.
She would go on to become one of the most popular Friends guest stars, appearing in 19 episodes, with at least one appearance per season throughout the show from 1994 to 2004.
Since the success of her Friends, the actress has kept up a steady stream of guest starring roles on popular series, both comedic and dramatic.
She had a lead role in the first season of Ellen DeGeneres’ sitcom Ellen, which started the same year as Friends, although she was reduced to a guest star in subsequent seasons.
Maggie was also a popular recurring character on Everybody Loves Raymond, playing a recurring character on the FX animated spy comedy Archer.
TV show: Maggie also starred in Ellen’s first season and was a popular guest star on Everybody Loves Raymond and Archer; seen in London in 2016