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Though some­what hec­tic, every­thing worked out in the end for Pat and Jen’s wed­ding.


I missed the wed­ding rehearsal because I had to close the books for the month at work. I did­n’t get to Pat’s place until 9:30 that night, which went late into the morn­ing as loose ends were tied up, and Jason and I stayed up until 3:00 am to fin­ish the slide show.

The girls got even less sleep I’m sure; the last I saw them they were gig­gling in bed like a high-school sleep­over.

Before leav­ing for Jason’s place to stay the night (leav­ing the house for the girls), Pat gave me God of War 2 and Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal as gifts for being in the wed­ding par­ty.

In the morn­ing we woke up at sev­en, had some muffins and cof­fee, dec­o­rat­ed the cars, got dressed, and raced to the church.

The Ceremony

Due to my miss­ing the rehearsal, I did almost every­thing wrong. I faced the wrong way, walked down the wrong aisle, got up at the wrong time, and laughed it all off.

Pat, Mr. Robot, Mr. Logic, had tears of joy in his eyes as Jen walked down the aisle. I could see the emo­tion in his face and eyes, and was simul­ta­ne­ous­ly shocked and touched. I think he got his wish, and dis­cov­ered that he loves Jen more than he real­ized.

The cer­e­mo­ny was short and sweet, in a grand church with too much echo.

Afterward, we stepped into a limo that chauf­feured us down­town for the pic­tures, on a day that you could­n’t ask for bet­ter weath­er.


Wedding par­ty pho­tos were tak­en in the Courtyard, which is a stone brick patio in the mid­dle of the down­town mar­ket. Then Pat and Jen (with Lin hold­ing her train) went off to take more pic­tures, so the rest of us walked around the mar­ket for the rest of the time.


There were a few hic­cups through the night — time issues, audio issues — but noth­ing that could­n’t be solved.

It was a good feel­ing to be an MC, mak­ing deci­sions on the fly, mak­ing sure every­thing went smooth­ly. It was almost as if every bit of my char­ac­ter, every­thing I’ve gained — from my con­fi­dence to my strength — was lead­ing up to this day to make sure every­thing went well. I felt impor­tant, like I could do some­thing for Pat after all the things he’s done for me, and that was the best part.

Dinner was a glut­to­nous Chinese nine-course meal spread out over four hours, the order as fol­lows:

  1. Roast duck, roast pork
  2. Deep fried crab claws
  3. Shark fin soup with Chinese red vine­gar on the side
  4. Lobster with gin­ger & onions
  5. Salt & pep­per shrimp
  6. Steamed sea bass
  7. Deep fried chick­en
  8. Shitake mush­rooms and baby bok choy
  9. Yeung Chow fried rice and e‑fu noo­dles

Unfortunately, Jason and I were too busy to eat, but we got a taste of each dish. It worked out when we had room for dessert, which was a gorg­ing of rich sweets.

There were three games; this one had Pat look­ing for pins on Jen’s dress while he was blind­fold­ed. Even Pat’s mom sug­gest­ed putting a pin in a provoca­tive spot, and Pat told us he thought she was try­ing to get them to have kids.

There were also a few unex­pect­ed sur­pris­es, even though I was involved in the plan­ning of the wed­ding. Countertenor D. Kai Ma sang an opera for us, a capel­la, in an extreme­ly con­trolled falset­to at the end of the speech­es. Also, Pat and Jen did a med­ley for the first dance, start­ing out with a for­mal Latin dance, into robot­ics to Daft Punk’s Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, then break danc­ing.

There were a cou­ple breaks in the night where I could sit and relax before run­ning off to get the next part going.


The wed­ding favors — minia­ture dim sum steam­ers filled with can­dy — includ­ed a five dol­lar gift cer­tifi­cate to the casi­no that night, so after every­thing was squared away and the guests went their sep­a­rate ways, the wed­ding par­ty went to the casi­no.

I’ve nev­er gam­bled in my life and offered to give Pat my mon­ey, cit­ing my poor luck late­ly, but he refused to accept it. Katie and I pooled our mon­ey togeth­er to bet on the horse races, and along with the ones with decent odds, she kept bet­ting on a horse called “A Girl To Remember”. We stopped as soon as we were up, by two dol­lars no less, split the mon­ey, and shook hands. Pat proved me wrong.

It was around three when we went home, exhaust­ed from cer­e­monies, pic­tures, and a lack of sleep.

Post-wedding Party

The next day, Pat and Jen had us over for a post-wed­ding par­ty, a gath­er­ing to fin­ish off the left­overs from the rehearsal. Even more food was brought over, includ­ing fork-roast­ed bar­be­cue pork, soy sauce chick­en, and duck, and I think they end­ed up with more left­overs than they start­ed with.

Jen want­ed Pat to put on the wed­ding dress, which he agreed to do if the eight “kids” would sing on Karaoke Revolution. I don’t think he expect­ed us to call his bluff, because he ran away when the last duet fin­ished singing. When we final­ly got him in the dress, Jen and Amy had to drag him down­stairs to face the par­ents.

A Great Group of People

The wed­ding par­ty was a very unique group. I relate to Jen in find­ing it very dif­fi­cult to make friends. We’re both extreme­ly picky peo­ple, and per­haps this is why I got along with hers so well. She describes her friends as gen­er­ous, but what stands out to me is also how polite and friend­ly they are. You can judge a per­son by their friends, and it’s a per­fect reflec­tion of both Pat and Jen.


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Top 5 TV Show Locations To Visit in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a city full of the razzmatazz of show business and that is emphasized by the high number of television shows that shoot on location in Sin City.

Here’s a list of the best of those TV shows, where they were filmed, and what people on TripAdvisor have to say about visiting the famous locations.

Casino Confidential

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The reality TV show that covered life behind the scenes at Binion’s Casino in Downtown Las Vegas first aired back in 2012. The employees are the focus of the show as they encounter the eccentric characters that wander into the casino premises.

What They Said: “Binion’s is a classic downtown casino when it comes to gambling and food. Just old school Vegas with a rich history in an older building that may seem a little dark and smoky.” – Tom S, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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CSI is one of the most renowned crime drama TV shows ever made. It first hit screens in 2000 with CSI: Las Vegas before spin-offs CSI: Miami and CSI: NY were launched.

The Las Vegas original starred William Petersen, Laurence Fishburne, Elisabeth Shue, Ted Danson, and Marg Helgenberger. The CSI: Experience attraction can be found at the MGM Grand and celebrates the series’ involvement with the city.

What They Said: “If can keep my teen girls interested, then it is more than worth it!! We had fun and learned a few things as well!!” – RhoDoops, Trinidad and Tobago.

Las Vegas

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If one show glamorized the security side of casino management then it has to be Las Vegas.

The show ran between 2003 and 2008. It starred a stellar cast of James Caan, Josh Duhamel, Nikki Cox, Vanessa Marcil, James Lesure, Molly Sims, Marsha Thompson, and, later, Tom Selleck.

The show revolved around staff working at the fictional Montecito casino resort. A number of scenes were shot at the Mandalay Bay.

What They Said: “This was our first time in Vegas so I wasn’t sure what to expect. But this is a beautiful hotel! Very clean in the rooms, lobby and casino. The rooms were very big and very comfortable.” – kas400, Newark.

Pawn Stars

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It is one of The History Channel’s shining beacons – ever since the first episode aired in 2009, the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop on 713 Las Vegas Blvd S has become a popular tourist attraction thanks to its role in the television show.

Richard ‘Old Man’ Harrison, Rick Harrison, Corey ‘Big Hoss’ Harrison, and Austin Chumlee Russell have become household names for their appearances in the show.

The arrest of Chumlee on a drug charge in 2016 has failed to turn viewers away though.

Such is the popularity of the series that not only is it still one of the most successful network shows still being produced, it even spawned an online slot game based on the shop.

What They Said: “The show is definitely better on TV. Small store. Lots of stuff. Interesting artwork. Lots of jewelry. Crowded.” – Rob N, Boise, Idaho.

Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock Hotel

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The hit US reality TV show covered everyday life for workers at the Rehab pool party that can be found at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

It first aired back in 2008 and ran for three seasons before being cancelled. Recurring cast members included Director of Nightlife Matthew Minichino, Special Events Security Supervisor Sharon Meyers, Jake the security guard, and a number of bar staff and cocktail waitresses.

Lawsuits and drug stings tainted production of the show but it certainly helped to boost tourist numbers at the casino and pool venue.

What They Said: “I’d recommend Hard Rock Hotel to Jersey Shore types in their early 20s who love getting blitzed out of their minds…but if that’s not you, you should stay elsewhere.” – MonkeyBusinessNYC, New York.


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Brothers-in-law Brett Raymer and Wayde King take centre stage as viewers get an insight into how customized aquarium installations are made.

As a result of the success the show has experienced, it has drawn a large number of tourists to the firm’s headquarters in Las Vegas.

What They Said: “My grandson watches the show all the time. This was a great tour. All the people on the tour had had the opportunity to have their pictures taken with Brett and The General and an opportunity for autographs. I was impressed with how friendly everyone was.” – zevah93, South Dakota.

If you’re more of a fan of classic movies, you can visit loads of locations from the movie Casino too. The guys over at have put together a cool list of location addresses with stills from the movie alongside photos of how the locations look now.

40 Facts About Friends

Twenty-five years ago—on September 22, 1994—Friends made its NBC debut and forever changed the face of American sitcoms. In addition to turning its six stars—Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer—into household names (and eventually some of the highest-paid actors in television history), the series actually helped to get Mental Floss off the ground (more on that later). Here’s a look back at the series that is still one of the most streamed shows in Netflix’s library.

1. Friends was originally called Insomnia Café (and a bunch of other things).

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In the early 1990s, Friends co-creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman wrote a seven-page pitch for a new sitcom titled Insomnia Café. In addition to the different title, the plot itself was quite different from what came to be known as Friends. For example, Ross and Rachel weren’t the key relationship; instead, Joey and Monica were supposed to be love interests.

After NBC bought the pilot, the title became Friends Like Us. NBC president Warren Littlefield came up with another title that was also considered, Across the Hall. By the time they shot it, the title had switched again to Six of One. When the show premiered on September 22, 1994, they had finally landed on simply Friends.

2. The cast could have been completely different.

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With a cast of six people, it’s not a surprise that many different actors were considered for each role. For example, Kathy Griffin and Jane Lynch actually became friends after meeting while both were auditioning for the part of Phoebe.

Both Jon Favreau and Jon Cryer were considered for the role of Chandler before it went to Matthew Perry, but Perry almost didn’t get the gig either. During the 1994 pilot season, he filmed the pilot for a show called LAX 2194 in addition to Friends. The show would have been about baggage handlers at LAX who sorted aliens’ luggage. Thankfully, it wasn’t picked up, and Perry was able to take the Friends gig.

3. The producers wanted Courteney Cox to play Rachel, but cox resisted.

Before the show premiered, Courteney Cox was probably the most famous cast member. She was known for many commercials plus Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” music video. The Friends producers originally asked her to play Rachel, but she requested the role of Monica because she liked the “strong” character.

4. The role of Ross Geller was written for David Schwimmer.

This may come as a surprise because Eric McCormack (best known as Will of Will & Grace) made news when he said that he auditioned “two or three times” for Ross. But, executive producer Kevin Bright had worked with Schwimmer before, so the writers were already developing Ross’s character in Schwimmer’s voice. And indeed, Schwimmer was the first person cast on the show.

5. The opening credits were not shot in New York.

Don’t let your New York City tour guide trick you into thinking that you’re looking at the fountain from the iconic opening credits of Friends—unless you’ve brought your tour guide with you to Burbank for some reason. Although the fountain looks a lot like Central Park’s Pulitzer Fountain, the actual shoot occurred on a Warner Bros. lot.

6. The cast took a trip to Las Vegas together before the show aired.

Director James Burrows, who went on to direct a handful of episodes for the show between 1995 and 1997, brought the six cast members to Vegas because he “had a feeling about the show.” While they were at Caesar’s Palace, he encouraged the group to enjoy themselves. “This is your last shot at anonymity,” Burrows told them. “Once the show comes on the air, you guys will never be able to go anywhere without being hounded.”

7. Caesar’s Palace played an important role on Friends later on.

Caesar’s Palace played a key role in the fictional world of Friends as well. In “The One in Vegas,” the season 5 finale, Joey is seen playing a gladiator at the Vegas hotel. This is, of course, the same episode where Ross and Rachel get married in a drunk stupor and come stumbling out of a Vegas chapel while Monica and Chandler, who were about to get married, look on.

8. Monica was an early Mental Floss fan.


In the 2003 episode “The One With the Soap Opera Party,” Monica is shown casually reading a new magazine called Mental Floss while hanging out at Central Perk. We really owe David Arquette a lifetime of gratitude because he’s the one who made it happen. “I thought it was so interesting,” Arquette told Entertainment Weekly at the time, ” I gave it to Courteney” for the show.

9. Lisa Kudrow didn’t know how to play guitar.

“I didn’t like the guitar,” Lisa Kudrow admitted about Phoebe Buffay’s chosen musical instrument. “I wasn’t getting it. So I think I even asked, ‘What if she plays the bongos?'” They ended up bringing a guitar teacher in, but that didn’t last long. Kudrow learned a couple of chords, then announced that she was done with the lessons. She decided that Phoebe would only know a handful of chords anyway. And thank goodness because “Smelly Cat” is perfect just the way it is.

10. Friends was filmed in front of a live audience—except for cliffhangers.

Shooting an episode of Friends was a lengthy process, typically lasting five hours, with multiple takes per scene and 20 minutes between scenes to change sets. Still, the show was filmed in front of a live audience made up of 300 fans. And that’s the way the cast preferred it. “It’s kind of like a test to see if the material works, if the jokes work, if the story tracks,” LeBlanc said. Perry agreed, “Our energy just elevates every time there’s an audience.”

So, what wasn’t filmed in front of a live audience? One example is the cliffhanger in the season four finale, “The One With Ross’s Wedding.” At the end of the episode, Ross is about to marry Emily, but accidentally says Rachel’s name at the altar. “We couldn’t have an audience for that,” Aniston said. “We always remove the audience for the cliffhangers because, obvious reasons, you don’t want to spoil it.”

11. Many people, including Lisa Kudrow, thought that Chandler was gay.

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Kudrow said that she was surprised to hear Perry’s interpretation of Chandler at the first table read because when she first read the script, she thought Chandler was supposed to be gay. And she wasn’t the only one. During the first few seasons of the show, many fans speculated about Chandler’s sexual orientation. In 1997, David Crane told Entertainment Weekly, “No, Chandler isn’t gay. Nor will he be gay.”

12. They were the first TV cast to negotiate as a group.

During the first season, each cast member was receiving around $22,000 per episode. But allegedly, by the second season, each actor had a slightly different salary. In 1997, all six cast members refused to work until they all earned an equal salary of $100,000 per episode. This was big news. “Stars of hit shows often threaten to boycott their series in pursuit of higher salaries,” The New York Times reported. “What is unusual is this cast’s effort to use solidarity as leverage.”

This negotiation worked very well. By the final season, each cast member was earning $1 million per episode.

13. Phoebe Buffay’s twin sister, Ursula, was also a character on Mad About You.

Kudrow was already playing Ursula the waitress on Mad About You when she was cast on Friends. NBC and Mad About You encouraged Kudrow to take both roles. According to her, it was the producers of Friends who decided to “address this and say they’re twin sisters.” She went on to play Ursula Buffay in eight episodes of Friends as well.

14. The apartment numbers switched during the series.

At the beginning of the series, Monica’s door had the number 5 on it. The producers later realized that didn’t make sense as Monica lived on a higher floor. They changed her apartment number to 20. The number on Chandler’s apartment changed as well—from 4 to 19.

15. There was a connection between Friends and Home Alone.

In 2016, the folks at 22 Vision shared a video documenting a previously unrealized connection between Friends and 1990’s Home Alone. It turns out that Monica and Chandler may have bought the house owned by the McCallisters in the movie. How is that possible? With the help of some Hollywood trickery.

16. Kudrow’s pregnancy was written into the show, but Cox’s was not.

Kudrow got pregnant with her son, Julian Murray, in 1997. Kudrow was dubious about Phoebe getting pregnant, too, but the writers decided to have Phoebe act as a surrogate for her brother’s triplets. On the other hand, in the final season, Cox was pregnant with her daughter, Coco Arquette. This was not written into the show for an obvious reason: the series had already established that Chandler and Monica couldn’t have kids. So, they hid Cox’s pregnancy to the best of their abilities with costumes and props.

17. Joey’s Magna Doodle art became a job for the crew.

Over the years, a few crew members were responsible for drawing on the Magna Doodle on Joey’s door. But in the later seasons, it was primarily a job for Paul Swain, who was the best boy on the electric crew.

The Magna Doodle became one of the show’s stars. It sat right in the middle of Joey’s door, so whenever a character walked through that door, the Magna Doodle was prominently displayed. Fans became obsessed with the drawings. Swain said, “They were looking for hidden meanings being given through the Magna Doodle.”

18. Matt LeBlanc took the Magna Doodle.

Unsurprisingly, LeBlanc had a soft spot for the Magna Doodle, too—and actually took it with him when the series ended. (He took the foosball table, too.) It even found a second life on his short-lived Friends spinoff, Joey.

19. The actors didn’t always play well with animals.

It was widely publicized that Kudrow was afraid of the duck who made an appearance in season three. Before that, Ross had a pet monkey, Marcel, who was actually played by two monkeys: Monkey and Katie. Marcel was written out of the show in season two because it became too time-consuming to shoot scenes with a monkey. According to Katie’s trainer, Nerissa Politzer, Monkey was once supposed to pick up a bra, but ended up throwing it at Aniston instead. There’s a fun blooper (at about the 6:20 mark above) in which Rachel is trying to explain a TV show to Marcel, but it doesn’t go so well.

20. The cast had a huddle before every episode.

Every week before filming commenced, the cast would get together for a moment to prepare for the show. This was the moment that Schwimmer was dreading before the finale because he knew it would make him emotional. “I started to lose it in this ritual that we had before the show,” he said, “which is just a group hug, kind of get in a little circle, right before we come out. And that was the moment I was dreading for a long time because I knew that moment of just looking at everyone in their eyes, and saying ‘Have a good show,’ and knowing that was the last time we were going to be able to be in our little circle.”

21. For the opening credits in “The One After Vegas,” everyone was given the last name “Arquette.”

This episode was the sixth season premiere. It was also the first episode after Courteney Cox married David Arquette. In the credits, her name was switched to “Courteney Cox Arquette” and the other cast members followed suit with new names like “Jennifer Aniston Arquette,” “Lisa Kudrow Arquette,” and so on. You can see the credits above. The episode is dedicated: “For Courteney and David, who did get married.” (The couple divorced in 2013.)

22. Cox and Matthew Perry confronted Judd Nelson on a nearby soundstage about an on-set bet.

While promoting the show on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Cox told the story of an elaborate bet between her and Perry that later involved the major ’80s star.

“One day I was on the set, and I was sitting around, reciting this line, like, doing this imitation of Anthony Michael Hall,” she told Leno. “He has this line in a movie. The line is, ‘Chicks cannot hold their smoke, that’s what it is.’ And Matthew Perry walks over to me and very adamantly says, ‘Oh, Weird Science.’ And I said, ‘No, Matthew, that’s The Breakfast Club.’ And he was 100 percent sure that it was Weird Science and I was 100 percent sure it was The Breakfast Club.”

More and more crew members got involved in the debate and the stakes kept rising. “We realized that Judd Nelson was over on stage 29, doing Suddenly Susan,” said Cox. “So, we ran over there and found out that yes, indeed, it was The Breakfast Club.” As for the bet, once Cox finishes telling her story to Leno, she rings a bell and Perry brings her a tissue. She tells Leno that Perry has five more months of being her “man slave.”

23. For “The One with the Dollhouse,” the props department had to make SIX different cardboard dollhouses.

In the season three episode, Phoebe makes a dollhouse out of cardboard. But the dollhouse ends up catching on fire, which meant six identical ones had to be created from scratch. And in true television deadline fashion, they were put together in three days. The Friends props master, Marjorie Coster, described it as the “pièce de résistance” of the department.

24. In “The One Where Old Yeller Dies,” a few takes were messed up thanks to a chatty kid.

The plot of the episode is that Rachel hears the first word of Ross’s son, Ben. Ross is desperate to hear Ben talk again and spends the rest of the episode trying to get his son to talk. In one scene, Ross says, “It’s Ben and his Dada. Dada. Can you say ‘Dada’?” He’s supposed to be met with silence, but the child actor kept actually responding, “Dada.” Later in the series, Ben was played by Cole Sprouse, who would go on to star with his twin brother in the Disney Channel show The Suite Life with Zack & Cody.

In 2001, two of these bloopers were released on Late Night With Conan O’Brien. You can see them here (at 9:30).

25. Matthew Perry struggled with addiction during production.

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In 1997, Perry went to rehab for an addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol. He went again in 2001. He later told People, “I was never high at work. I was painfully hung over. Then eventually things got so bad I couldn’t hide it and everybody knew.”

26. Matt LeBlanc spent several years hiding from his Friends fame.

In a 2016 interview with The Mirror, LeBlanc talked about the dark side of fame. “For years and years, I barely left the house. I was burnt out,” LeBlanc said. “I wanted to not have a schedule, not be somewhere. I was in a position to do that. My agent was bummed. Most actors call their agents and say, ‘What’s going on?’. I’d call mine and say, ‘Please lose my number for a few years.’ It was a very dark time. I almost had a nervous breakdown.”

27. David Schwimmer had trouble dealing with his immediate fame, too.

LeBlanc wasn’t the only cast member to struggle with the newfound fame that Friends brought to the cast. “It was pretty jarring and it messed with my relationship to other people in a way that took years, I think, for me to adjust to and become comfortable with,” Schwimmer said during an appearance on The Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast.

28. Jennifer Aniston almost didn’t return for the last season.

By the time the show ended, Aniston was arguably the most famous cast member thanks to films like The Good Girl and Bruce Almighty. Her then-husband, Brad Pitt, didn’t hurt her celebrity status either. With that fame came the rumors that she was almost responsible for the show ending prematurely. In a 2004 interview, Aniston admitted that she had hesitations. “I had a couple issues that I was dealing with,” she said. “I wanted it to end when people still loved us and we were on a high. And then I was also feeling like, ‘How much more of Rachel do I have in me?’” She eventually agreed to the final season.

29. There are Central Perk cafes based on the famous coffeehouse from the show.

While there isn’t an actual Central Perk in New York City, the fictional cafe has inspired some real ones. In 2010, Friends fan Du Xin opened a Central Perk replica in downtown Beijing, which became extremely popular. Its success meant that Du Xin could later afford to reproduce Joey’s apartment next door. In 2012, another Central Perk popped up in Liverpool.

30. Bruce Willis appeared on the show for free after losing a bet to Perry.

Apparently Perry was quite the gambler. He got into a debate with Willis while the two were making The Whole Nine Yards. Perry believed that the film would be number one in the box office on its opening weekend, but Willis disagreed. In February 2000, the film was number one. Willis was set to appear on Friends as the dad of Ross’s girlfriend and Rachel’s love interest. As a result of the bet, he had to donate his earnings for the guest stint to charity.

31. It featured a lot of future stars.

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In addition to making household names of its main cast members, Friends gave an early start to several soon-to-be stars as well. Among the now-familiar faces you might see if you rewatch the series, including Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo, Melora Hardin and Craig Robinson from The Office, and Riverdale’s Cole Sprouse.

32. Fans have concocted a lot of bizarre theories about the show.

Did the entirety of Friends take place in Rachel’s dream? Or in Phoebe’s hallucinatory mind? Over the years, fans of the show have come up with a host of theories to explain particular aspects of the show—and some of them are pretty bizarre.

33. James Michael Tyler was working as a barista when he was cast as Gunther.

In 2014, James Michael Tyler—the actor who played Central Perk’s Gunther—told BuzzFeed that he was working as a barista in real life when he was cast on the show. “I had a job at a coffee shop called The Bourgeois Pig in Hollywood, which is still around and one of the last independent coffee shops that hasn’t been taken over or whatnot. I was one of their first baristas—I think I started there in 1990 or so.”

34. Gunther’s bleached hair was accidental.

“I had a friend who wanted to be a hairdresser and wanted to practice bleaching someone’s hair, so I offered what hair I had left at the time,” Tyler told BuzzFeed. “It came out white and that was the night before I was called in for the first day of shooting the first season.” As he was originally hired as a background actor, just to give the Central Perk set some authenticity, it didn’t seem like a big deal … until his role became a recurring one.

“I bleached my hair every week for 10 years,” Tyler said. “I did it myself after a while. It was just easier instead of coming in early to do it. I would just do it the night before.”

35. It’s one of the most watched shows on Netflix.

The Holiday Armadillo has granted your wish: “Friends” will still be there for you in the US throughout 2019

— Netflix US (@netflix) December 3, 2018

Decades after its premiere, Friends still maintains a massive fan base. In the UK, it’s the most streamed series on Netflix, and it holds the number 2 spot in America (only The Office gets more viewers). In late 2018, when Netflix announced that the series would be leaving the service on January 1, 2019, fans revolted; a petition to bring the show back was launched and #Justice4Friends became a trending password. Amazingly, it worked!

36. British fans love Ross Geller.

In a 2016 survey by Comedy Central, Friends fans in England were asked to vote for their favorite cast member. Schwimmer’s Ross Geller came out on top with 25.6 percent of the vote, just edging out Chandler Bing, who 25.4 percent named as their favorite Friend.

37. None of the actors was a huge fan of the theme song.

Though it’s impossible to imagine Friends without also envisioning the opening credits, in which the cast play in a fountain and dance along to the Rembrandts’ “I’ll Be There for You,” apparently no one was a huge fan of the tune. “No one was really a big fan of that theme song,” Aniston said while appearing on The One in 2016. She then backtracked a bit: “I don’t mean to say that. We felt it was a little, I don’t know. Dancing in a fountain felt sort of odd, but we did it.”

38. Aniston probably watches the show as much as you do.

While there are a lot of actors who can’t bear to watch any of their projects, Aniston isn’t one of them—at least not when it comes to Friends. While appearing on The One, Aniston said that she can’t resist leaving the show on when it comes on TV. “I can’t help it,” she said. “First of all, I’m trying to remember which episode it is. Then, half of the time I’m saying to myself, ‘I don’t remember that!’ It’s just that you can get sucked in to the nostalgia of it.”

39. The identity of “Ugly Naked Guy” wasn’t revealed until 2016.

A dozen years after the series finale of Friends aired, intrepid HuffPost reporter Todd Van Luling finally uncovered the identity of the man who played “Ugly Naked Guy” on the show. The character—who lived in the apartment across from Monica and Rachel—was frequently referenced, but only ever appeared on the show twice. And in neither of those appearances was his face visible. But after a year of research, Van Luling finally had his answer: Ugly Naked Guy was an extra named Jon Haugen. (Though Van Luling’s account of how he tracked this information down is worth a read.)

40. A (real) reunion isn’t happening.

In 2015, Cox went on the Late Show with David Letterman where he asked her about the possibility of a reunion. Cox responded, “It’s not going to happen.” She went on to explain that it’s difficult enough for the six of them to get together for a cast dinner, let alone a full-fledged reunion.

Kauffman and Crane have similar views about a reunion. In a 2014 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Crane said, “People say they want it, and the more that we say it’s a bad idea, people . But I think if we actually gave it to people, there would be such backlash.”

A Jimmy Kimmel segment from 2014, which you can watch above, may be as close as we’re going to get.

This story has been updated for 2019.

Westworld‘s James Marsden and veteran actor Ed Asner are set to co-star opposite Linda Cardellini and Christina Applegate in Dead to Me, Netflix’s half-hour dark comedy series from writer Liz Feldman, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gloria Sanchez Prods. and CBS TV Studios.

Written by Feldman, Dead to Me, which has a 10-episode straight-to-series order, has been described as a comedic Big Little Lies. It is about a powerful friendship that blossoms between Jen (Applegate), a tightly wound widow, and Judy (Cardellini), a free spirit with a shocking secret.

Marsden will play a love interest to Judy (Cardellini) who seems confident and logical, but beyond that facade is a vulnerable man with a complicated past who is drawn to Judy’s big heart and free spirit. He has been one of the main series regulars on HBO’s Westworld for its first two seasons. It’s unclear whether his casting in Dead To Me will impact his work on Westworld where he stars as Teddy Flood.

Asner will portray a resident at the assisted living facility where Judy works, Abe is quick-witted and sharper than most. He and Judy (Cardellini) share a sweet bond and often lean on each other to get through life’s twists and turns.

Marsden is wrapping up production on Quentin Tarantino’s feature Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, and voice roles on Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog and Bron Studios’ Henchmen. He is repped by CAA and Authentic.

Multiple Emmy winner Asner, best known for his starring roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off Lou Grant, most recently guest-starred on MacGyver and recurred on Cobra Kai. On the big screen, he’s next set to star in A Promise Kept. Asner is repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency and manager Perry Zimel.

This is where you know all the cast of Netflix’s Dead To Me from

The latest Netflix series everyone is talking about is Dead To Me. It follows a widow called Jen (Christina Applegate) who is trying to figure out who killed her husband Ted in a hit-and-run car accident. Jen meets Judy (Linda Carellini) at a grief support group. They become best friends, and Judy helps Jen find out who killed Ted. There are so many twists and turns along the way, but another thing you can’t help but notice is how recognisable all the Dead To Me cast are.

Every time a new cast member is introduced, it’s another round of where on EARTH do I recognise them from? It will irritate you for hours. That’s because almost all of the Dead To Me cast have been in big films or shows before, but never in roles you can pinpoint in your mind. Here’s where you recognise all the Dead To Me cast from – you can thank me later for saving you from going insane trying to remember.

Where you know the Dead To Me cast from:

Christina Applegate plays the show’s main character, Jen. You might recognise her as Amy (Rachel’s sister) from Friends, or Veronica (Ron Burgundy’s wife) in Anchorman.

Judy (played by Linda Cardellini)

You’ll kick yourself when you realise that Judy is Velma from the Scooby Doo films!!! Picture Judy in glasses and a bright orange turtle neck jumper. There you go. She also played Lindsay in Freaks and Geeks on Netflix.

Steve (played by James Marsden)

Judy’s ex-fiancé Steve is played by James Marsden. Before being part of the Dead To Me cast, James Marsden played the Corny Collins from the Corny Collins show in Hairspray!!!! He was also the dumb af prince in Enchanted, which is a million miles away from his role as Steve.

Abe (played by Ed Asner)

A rogue one, but some eagle-eyed viewers will have recognised the adorable Abe from Judy’s classes. He’s played by Ed Asner – who is Santa Claus in Elf!! The way he reacts to Steve showing up at a class in episode five is similar to how Santa reacts to the Central Park Rangers, you should have spotted that one.

Jason (played by Steve Howey)

Impressive if you recognised Jason from somewhere. Jen meets Jason on a grief retreat, nearly hooks up with him but then he wont stop talking about his dead ex. Jason is played by Steve Howey, who is Daniel ie the fiancé of Liv (Kate Hudson) in Bride Wars!!

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‘Dead To Me’ Is One Of The Best — And Most Unpredictable — Series On TV


This is FRESH AIR. Tomorrow, Netflix presents a new 10-part series, a very dark comedy called “Dead To Me.” It’s about two women who meet at a therapy group to deal with grief issues. They’re played by Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini. And our TV critic David Bianculli says these actresses, like their characters and this new TV series, offer up one delightful surprise after another.

DAVID BIANCULLI, BYLINE: Based on their breakout roles as young actresses, Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, the stars of Netflix’s wonderful new “Dead To Me,” couldn’t be more different. Applegate became a star playing clueless, self-absorbed teen sexpot Kelly Bundy on “Married… With Children,” the crass sitcom that helped launch the Fox Network back in the ’80s.

Cardellini, on the other end of the TV and comedy spectrum, starred as the sardonic outcast Lindsay, the central character in NBC’s “Freaks And Geeks,” at the end of the ’90s. “Married… With Children” lasted a decade. “Freaks And Geeks” was canceled after one brilliant season, but its reputation lives on. So does its influence because “Freaks And Geeks” was the spawning ground for Judd Apatow and his entire comedy world. That world includes, of course, the movie comedy hit “Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy,” which was produced by Apatow, starred Applegate and Will Ferrell and was directed by Adam McKay. Ferrell and McKay are the executive producers of “Dead To Me,” re-teaming with Applegate and pairing her with Cardellini, who’s since had memorable roles on “ER,” “Mad Men” and the current “Avengers: Endgame” film.

The other key contributor here is Liz Feldman, the writer-producer who created “Dead To Me.” Her credits include the CBS sitcom “2 Broke Girls,” but “Dead To Me” is so, so much better than that. It’s her career-best work, and it’s the career-best work for Applegate and Cardellini, too.

Applegate stars as Jen, a recent widow with two young boys and a long string of anger issues. She’s still dealing with the sudden death of her husband and, in the very first scene, defines her character with withering sarcasm when a married neighbor in her southern California suburb shows up at her front door with a gift. It’s a sort of sympathy casserole – a ready-made meal – and Jen accepts it, but not very graciously.


SUZY NAKAMURA: (As Karen) So you just heat it up at 300 and leave it in for 35 minutes.

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE: (As Jen) Thanks, Karen. You really don’t have to…

NAKAMURA: (As Karen) It’s my take on Mexican lasagna.

APPLEGATE: (As Jen) Great.

NAKAMURA: (As Karen) It’s nothing. We just don’t want you to think you’re alone. Jeff and I are here for you if you ever want to talk.

APPLEGATE: (As Jen) Thanks.

NAKAMURA: (As Karen) I just can’t imagine what you’re going through.

APPLEGATE: (As Jen) Well, it’s like if Jeff got hit by a car and died suddenly and violently – like that.

NAKAMURA: (As Karen) Right.

BIANCULLI: Jen has so much seething resentment. She visits a grief therapy group where she meets Judy, a woman with her own issues of loss. She’s played by Linda Cardellini. And while Judy is receptive to the soothing words of guidance from the group’s pastor, Jen is a lot less open to the entire concept of emotional healing.


KEONG SIM: (As Pastor Wayne) So last week, we started talking about the F word – forgiveness. Forgiveness can be very difficult, and it can take time, even a lifetime. But no matter what the circumstances, everyone is deserving of forgiveness.

LINDA CARDELLINI: (As Judy) Do you really think that?

SIM: (As Pastor Wayne) Jesus thought that.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: (As character) Amen.

APPLEGATE: (As Jen) Excuse me, how do you forgive someone who hits your husband with their car and then drives away, leaving him to bleed to death on the side of the road? How do you forgive that?

BIANCULLI: Yet somehow, Judy cracks through Jen’s shell, and the two end up spilling secrets and answering each other’s questions in an increasingly intimate all-night spontaneous phone conversation, as when Judy keeps encouraging Jen to talk about her late husband.


CARDELLINI: (As Judy) Did your husband really like running? I’m sorry. You don’t have to talk about him if you don’t want to.

APPLEGATE: (As Jen) No, no. He liked running, came to it later in life. He was 40.

CARDELLINI: (As Judy) What made him start?

APPLEGATE: (As Jen) He was getting doughy.

CARDELLINI: (As Judy) Oh, yeah. Men get that middle-aged man puff.

APPLEGATE: (As Jen) Yeah. I mean, he had a full-on beer belly. He was getting a beer neck.

CARDELLINI: (As Judy) A beer neck?

APPLEGATE: (As Jen) So he started running. I was proud of him. He was in the best shape of his life when the car hit him.

BIANCULLI: By the time the sun comes up and the women hang up, Jen and Judy are close friends, and “Dead To Me” seems set on the path to becoming a redeeming, heartwarming buddy comedy. But this is where Liz Feldman starts defying expectations in a way that is so unexpected, so creative and so effective that I don’t even want to reveal what happens.

Let me put it this way. You know the Season 1 cliffhanger that pulled the rug from under NBC’s “The Good Place” and redefined everything? “Dead To Me” pulls off a similarly stunning switcheroo in the very first episode more than once. And by the time the first season’s 10 episodes are over – and I’ve seen and loved them all – you’re likely to be amazed by the journey these characters and this show have taken.

“Dead To Me” also includes dynamic supporting work from James Marsden and, in a small but very touching and effective role, Ed Asner. But this series belongs to its two female leads, and they’re incredibly good. Both Applegate and Cardellini play their scenes vulnerable and intensely and embody fully believable characters. When they share the screen, whether they’re bonding or arguing, “Dead To Me” becomes something truly special like BBC America’s “Killing Eve,” Netflix’s “Dead To Me” is a terrific character study of two women with an extremely complicated relationship, and also like that show, is one of the best and most unpredictable series on television this season.

GROSS: David Bianculli is editor of the website TV Worth Watching and author of the “Platinum Age Of Television: From I Love Lucy To The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific.” He reviewed the new Netflix series “Dead To Me.” If you’d like to catch up on FRESH AIR interviews you missed, like our interview with actor Patricia Arquette, or with Erin Carr, a documentary filmmaker and daughter of the late New York Times media columnist David Carr, or with journalist Oliver Bullough, who investigated how oligarchs, kleptocrats and crooks hide their money, check out our podcast. You’ll find lots of FRESH AIR interviews.


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Killer Carl is the sixth episode of the first season of Shameless.


When a letter from Carl’s teacher arrives at the Gallagher home, Fiona is thrown into action to prove it’s a suitable domicile for rehabilitating a delinquent.


Regular Cast

  • William H. Macy – Frank Gallagher
  • Emmy Rossum – Fiona Gallagher
  • Justin Chatwin – Steve Wilton / Jimmy Lishman
  • Ethan Cutosky – Carl Gallagher
  • Shanola Hampton – Veronica Fisher
  • Steve Howey – Kevin Ball
  • Emma Kenney – Debbie Gallagher
  • Cameron Monaghan – Ian Gallagher
  • Jeremy Allen White – Phillip “Lip” Gallagher
  • Laura Slade Wiggins – Karen Jackson

Special Guest Star

  • Joan Cusack – Sheila Jackson

Guest Starring

  • Steve Howey – Kevin Ball
  • Dennis Boutsikaris – Professor Hearst
  • Noel Fisher – Mickey Milkovich
  • Marguerite Moreau – Linda
  • Joel Murray – Eddie Jackson
  • Pej Vahdat – Kash
  • Dennis Cockrum – Terry Milkovich


  • Brent Jennings – Principal Monroe
  • Robert Knepper – Rod
  • Lily Mariye – Malaya
  • Tiothy V. Murphy – Vlad
  • Willow Geer – Miss Devlin
  • Christopher Gehrman – English Teacher
  • Catfish Jean – Tire Neck
  • Aaron Todd Kessee – Double F
  • Justin Lee – Warren
  • Carlos Linares – Proctor
  • Timmy Mayse – Bloodied Man
  • Joe Minoso – Hector Aquilar
  • Anthony Wayne Skeen – Kenny Eaves
  • Chad W. Smathers – Oompa Loompa


  • Wilson Farrell – Skater Kid


  • “Previously on Shameless” – Frank Gallagher
  • Episode Runtime- 00:50:48


Fiona waking Steve upCarl trying to electrocute doll,againGallagher’s notice about their power got shut offKaren ask Frank to be her guardian in parent’s nightLip discussing about his paymentLinda notice about the shopliftingFiona telling the debt to get the f*ck out from her houseLip,karen,and ian meet one of their client After noticing the debt,Fiona confront frank in alibi Sheila seek help about the phobia from one of her friend Fiona come to carl school,discussing about parent’s night Mickey shoplifiting in the front of kash Fiona pay hector,so he can turn the power on again First time Lip meet prof Hearst Linda noticing Ian replaced the stuff that Mickey taken Ian showing off his gun skill to linda and kash Steve saving fiona and lip,saying that his “engaged” to fiona Frank and karen meet gallagher’s in the school hall After look at frank like his care nothing about carl,gallagher’s leave One of his client confront lip after his failed on SAT test Karl using the bat to smash one of lip client Karl after saving Lip In the mid credit scene,the principal flirting with one of teacher
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Shameless has been one of the most binge-worthy, guilty pleasure TV shows of the past decade. Developed by John Wells, the show is based on a successful British series of the same name, although the American version has surpassed in ratings. Following the life and times of the highly dysfunctional Gallagher family, we have found humor in very serious issues like underage drinking, teen pregnancy, unfit parents and drug abuse.

The cast of Shameless is the reason behind the show’s continued success. With a stellar group of performers, including William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum, the show has maintained a cult-like following of fans. Running from 2011, Season 8 is wrapping up at the end of the month, and Showtime has confirmed that the popular show has been renewed for a ninth season.

With plots that keep thickening and unexpected cliffhangers, Shameless has managed to keep our interest for close to a decade. We feel like we know the Gallagher’s personally, and don’t want to see a day where the show comes to an end. Join us as we take a journey into the past, and see how much our favorite cast members have changed over the years. Here are The Cast Of Shameless: What They Looked Like In Their First Episode And Now


15 Ethan Cutkowsky Grew Up Fast and Hard

Ethan Cutkowsky was just twelve years old when he was cast as little brother Carl on Shameless. As his first real acting gig, Ethan jumped into the world of fame and fortune before he was out of high school. Playing a Gallagher, he had to deal with some pretty heavy subject matter, and thus, grew up pretty quickly! In real life, he has mirrored some of the behavior that troublemaker Carl is famous for. Underage drinking, smoking and partying have been the norm for a recently-turned-18 Ethan. In fact, he got busted for a DUI in the fall, which was the result of some pretty bad judgment following a night of partying and indulgence. Sometimes what we see on the screen isn’t too far off from the truth!

14 Emma Kenney Will Be In A New Sitcom This Fall

Emma Kenney is best known for her role as boy-crazy little sister Debbie on Shameless. Like her costar Ethan, Emma was just 12 years old when she got her breakthrough role, one that would define her as a very capable actress. In fact, Emma was hand-picked to star in a Roseanne revival, that will air later this year. The hit sitcom has been on hiatus for twenty years and will come back for one season of eight episodes with some old, and some new cast mates. Emma will play Harris, David and Darlene’s daughter, which is quite fitting because she totally looks like a young Sara Gilbert! It will definitely be interesting to see little Debbie in a new role, but we also can’t wait to see her character’s development in season nine of Shameless, this November.


13 Emmy Rossum Hasn’t Aged A Bit

Emmy Rossum, who plays our beloved protagonist Fiona, seems to have barely changed from her first appearance in Season 1. The youthful actress joined the cast when she was 25 years old, and is barely much older now, at 31! She looks great and has recently tied the knot with her writer and director hubby, Sam Esmail. Emmy owes her youthful glow to a super healthy eating and exercise routine. Before her wedding, she dramatically changed her diet to include more whole foods and vegan options, increased her water intake and kept active with dancing and cardio. She has said that these little shifts made a huge difference in her overall energy levels, and she has continued to prioritize a healthy lifestyle to keep feeling (and looking!) her best.

12 Cameron Monaghan Turned Into A Handsome Ginger

Cameron Monaghan, who plays Ian Gallagher, also started on the show at a young age. Joining the cast from the onset of Season 1, Cameron was just 18 years old when filming began. His youthful, ginger looks made him seem much younger than that, however. His character has dealt with some of the most complex and poignant issues that the show has covered, to date. His portrayal of the life and experiences of a gay, bipolar teen with extreme family issues earned him phenomenal critical reviews. The LGBTQ community praised him (and the show’s creators) for bringing to light some otherwise closeted facts and realities about the struggles faced by queer youth. Further, Monaghan is straight in real life, making his performance that much more impressive.


11 Brenden + Brandon Sims Grew Up On Set

Twins Brenden and Brandon Sims were cast after Season 1 to play the youngest Gallagher, Liam. Originally, another set of twins who were cast was Brennan Kane and Blake Alexander Johnson, but they only appeared in a few episodes during Season 1. The twins, who were born in June 2010, were literally infants when they joined on. These tots grew up on set, quickly becoming regular cast members and joining in the Gallagher dysfunction. Despite officially sharing the role of Liam, as the twins grew up, Brenden became the primary actor and his brother was used mainly when Brenden was sick and unable to make it to the set. The brothers have acquired quite a fan following; their mother runs their Instagram account, which currently has over 72,000 followers!

10 Jeremy Allen White’s Real Life Is A Lot Like Lip’s

Jeremy Allen White, who plays teen heartthrob brother, Lip, has a personal life that is eerily similar to that of his on-screen persona. The first similarity is that Jeremy is dating actress Emma Greenwell, the “second Mandy” who was his on-screen on-again/off-again girlfriend for several seasons. The pair have been dating for over six years, and have plans to marry once they are a little bit older. Jeremy also shares some of the bad habits that Lip has acquired over the seasons: smoking and drinking. He has been spotted many a time at clubs, after-hours lounges, and bars, usually accompanied by his pretty girlfriend. The pair are still young, 26 and 29, and have managed to pack in quite a few experiences in their 20’s! The fame and fortune haven’t gotten to their heads though, they still seem very much focused on their relationship and professional goals.


9 Steve Howey Embraced The Man-Bun

Steve Howey has portrayed one of our all-time favorite characters, Kevin Ball, since the debut of Season 1. As the bad boy with a big heart, Kevin had no trouble drawing in a large number of(mostly female) fans. His scruffy, unpolished look, complete with his signature man-bun and sweet heart have made us swoon since the beginning. Funny enough, Steve Howey also has twins in real life, just like on TV. His wife, actress Sarah Shari, gave birth to the twins, a boy, and a girl, in March 2015. The couple also has a son who was born in July 2009. They were at the center of a strange lawsuit with a former nanny a few years ago. The woman alleged that she was made uncomfortable by being subject to “inappropriate” conversations between the couple and that they had been suggestive towards her. Sounds kind of like something Kevin and Veronica would do!

8 William H. Macy Isn’t Actually A Boozehound


William H. Macy, who plays deranged patriarch Frank on Shameless, definitely plays a convincing alcoholic. But in real life, the actor has given up the booze. The 67-year-old has admitted to having a pretty low tolerance for alcohol, and a penchant for some pretty severe hangovers. At his age, he decided that the partying was not worth the after-effects, so he decided to live a sober lifestyle. Playing a drunk on TV has been “easy” he has said, and he was actually really excited about Frank’s sobriety in Season 8, which gave the character a little more depth, and William had an opportunity to ditch the slurry speech and show his acting range a little bit more! It’s definitely nice to see a different side of the usually offensive Frank!


7 Justin Chatwin Fizzled Out Fast

Justin Chatwin, who played Jimmy/Steve for the first 3 seasons of Shameless was one of our favorite characters. Despite his shocking double life confession, we enjoyed watching him interact with the Gallagher clan; few boyfriends had the ability to jump into that dysfunctional family the way that he did, we must say! He officially was written out of the show at the end of Season 3, but he did make a few other appearances, to wrap up his storyline, in Season 4 and 5. He moved on to a regular role in the TV series American Gothic, and landed quite a few minor film roles, as well. The Canadian native has kept his private life quite under wraps, there doesn’t seem to be much information about his dating life, other than the fact that he went out with model Molly Sims from 2005 to 2009!

6 Laura Slade Wiggins Is Shamelessly Working On Her Music Career

You might remember Laura Slade Wiggins, who played Karen, Sheila’s daughter, in seasons 1,2 and 3. Her oddball, agoraphobic mother led her to rebel as a young teenager. Her manipulative relationship towards Lip was a big focus in Season 2. So, what became of Laura Slade Wiggins after her days on Shameless came to an end? She continued to act in small television roles, CSI and Law and Order among others. She also starred in the supernatural horror film Rings, which is part of The Ring trilogy. But, acting is not Laura’s main passion. She is actively working on establishing herself as a singer, songwriter, and performer. She released a 4 song EP in 2012, called Laura Slade Wiggins Is Clementine, using the stage name, Clementine.


5 Shanola Hampton Has Been A Favorite From The Beginning


Shanola Hampton, who plays sassy next-door-neighbor, bar manager and momma extraordinaire Veronica, has been a fan favorite since her first introduction in Season 1. As Fiona’s go-to voice of reason friend, we have completely fallen in love with her character’s wittiness and ability to keep everyone in line, including her sometimes erratic hubby, Kevin. Shanola has acted in several films over the years and has had some cameos in other TV shows, but Shameless has really been her career-making role. Her popularity has definitely paid off; she has managed to accumulate a net worth that is close to hitting the $7 million USD mark! That’s a nice little bit of change for her to enjoy with hubby, Daren Dukes, and their two children, Cai and Daren.

4 Noel Fisher Ditched His Dark Locks When He Left The Show


Noel Fisher, who played Ian’s tortured lover Mickey Milkovich for many years, officially left the show towards the end of Season 7. Noel ditched his signature dark locks for a lighter look and didn’t waste any time before taking on new film and TV roles. He was the voice of Klarion The Witch Boy in the series Justice League Action, and then landed a main role in the mini-series The Long Road Home. The 33-year-old Canadian actor had a big year in 2017, not only was it his first full year away from his former Shameless family, he also got married to his longtime girlfriend, Layla Alizada. Fun fact: Noel has done quite a bit of voice acting, and was also the voice of Michaelangelo in the 2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake.


3 Joan Cusack Walked Away From Shameless With Several Awards

Joan Cusack has had a very colorful acting career and was one of the most recognized faces amongst the Shameless cast. She first debuted her role as Sheila in Season 1 and quickly won us over with her neurotic, agoraphobic ways. Never have mental health issues been so endearing! Joan might’ve left the show in 2015, but not before she walked away with an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in A Comedy Series that same year. She was also nominated in 2011 and 2014, so clearly, her performance was pretty incredible! The 55-year-old actress- who is John Cusack’s sister- has seen no slow down in her workload since leaving Shameless. She has been working on movie after movie, and still appears in small television roles from time to time.

2 Emma Greenwell Cleans Up Nicely


Emma Greenwell, who was affectionately referred to as ‘second Mandy’ by fans and followers, played Lip’s obsessive and codependent girlfriend for several seasons. In 2015 and 2016, her character would only make one or two guest appearances, and she is pretty well written off the show at this point. But, not to worry, she still gets lots of Lip time, as she has been dating Jeremy Allen White in real life for over six years. The actress and model look starkly different with her blonde locks. She definitely personified that dark-locked, pierced bad girl in Shameless, but her everyday look is really polished and runway ready! Since leaving the show, she has been working on The Path as lead character Mary Cox. Although she was born in America, she grew up in London and has spent more of her life in the United Kingdom.


1 Isidora Goreshter Is A California Girl


Isidora Goreshter, who plays Russian prostitute turned business partner Svetlana, was actually born and raised in sunny California. The first member of her family to be born in America, she comes from a long line of Soviets who fled Russia in the late 70’s. Her thick Russian accent on set is fake, but she definitely has been around enough Russian accents to have perfected it! Svetlana was originally written into the show as a temporary character, but the positive reviews she received once her first few episodes aired gained her a spot as a lead character in 2016. She has been featured in over 50 episodes since her first appearances, and she will continue to play a big role in upcoming Season 9.


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