Matt LeBlanc Talks "Friends" in Boston Common Spring 2014
He's widely recognized for his character Joey Tribbiani on the hit series "Friends," and Matt LeBlanc fully admits his association with the character doesn't phase him in the Spring 2014 issue of Boston Common magazine.
During his interview with the publication, the 46-year-old actor opened up about the prime time series, including how he approached his character and his fans.
Highlights from Mr. LeBlanc's Q&A session are as follows. For more, be sure to visit Boston Common!
"I'll always be known for 'Friends' - so will Matthew [Perry], David [Schwimmer], Courteney [Cox]. It's ok with me. I can only speak for myself but I'm very proud of it. I wouldn't do anything differently."
On his days as Joey:
"Joey was a peripheral character in the beginning. He was this guy who lived across the hall and hit on the girls all the time. Fortunately, I had the foresight to think, 'This is a special thing that's starting to gel, like a lighting-in-a-bottle thing, and I want to make sure I stick around. It was a survival tactic. Because I thought, 'How long can it last if I'm just the guy hitting on them?'"
On being forever associated as Joey:
"I can think of a lot worse problems to have than being stuck with people’s perceptions of Joey. If people think that’s who I am, then I’ve done my job. Now I’m pigeonholed as an asshole version of myself. But that’s fun."
On his popularity during the show's heyday:
"The weirdest thing was walking into a room, a restaurant, a bar, a movie theater, anywhere there's a lot of people, and everybody sort of stopping what they're doing and taking notice you're in the room. And they know you, or they think they do - they know your name, they know what you do for a living, they know how much money you make, they know where you're from, but they're all strangers to you."
Photo Credit: Rainer Hosch for Boston Common