'Friends: The Reunion' Full Lineup: From Reese Witherspoon to David Beckham, all guests appearing in the episode
'Friends' at one point was also really famous for the celebrity friends and lovers who appeared on the iconic show, even if as guests. Who can forget Brad Pitt playing Will Colbert, a member of the Rachel hate club with Ross (David Schwimmer)? Jennifer Aniston's first husband Tate Donovan was also on the show, playing Rachel's love interest Joshua. But while on 'Friends' back in the day, the guest appearances made sense due to a star's personal history or of course simply because they were suited to the role, some of the celebrity appearances that are slated for the upcoming 'Friends' Reunion episode are a bit of a head-scratcher.
Some celebrity appearances, of course, make perfect sense. Reese Witherspoon, who will be one of the guests for the special episode, played Jennifer Aniston's spoilt younger sister Jill and has gone on to become Jennifer's close friend and her co-star in the acclaimed 'The Morning Show.'
While some other celebrities such as BTS may not seem to have any connection to 'Friends' at first glance, let's not forget that RM from BTS has often shared how the show taught him English. RM in an interview shared, "my English teacher was the sitcom 'Friends'. Back in the days, when I was like 15, 14, it was quite like a syndrome for all the Korean parents to make their kids watch Friends. I thought I was kind of like a victim at that time, but right now, I'm the lucky one, thanks to my mother. She bought me all 10 DVDs — all the seasons. So firstly, I watched them with the Korean subtitles, and then next time, I watched with the English subtitles, and then I just removed it."
So while Reese Witherspoon and BTS seem to have a solid connection to 'Friends', others have rather more tenuous ties. David Beckham will be appearing as a special guest on the reunion episode, but from what we can see, Beckham's sole connection to the show is that the location where Ross married Emily (Helen Baxendale), inspired the setting for David and Victoria's big day as well. Other celebrity guests who will be a part of the special episode include Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Cindy Crawford, Mindy Kaling, Kit Harington, Cara Delevingne and James Corden.
While we assume Mindy Kaling and James Corden will be there for comic relief on this unscripted show, we're still trying to figure out what exactly Kit Harington and Cara Delevingne will add to the show. Will Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber belt out a version of 'Smelly Cat'? Considering Bieber was a babe in arms quite literally when 'Friends' was on the air, it will be interesting to see what is his connection to the special episode.
In case you thought the list of celebrity appearances couldn't get, well, more random, Malala Yousufzai will also be one of the guests on the episode. It's unclear whether Yousufzai will simply make an appearance as an avid fan of the show or to promote a larger cause. Besides the celebrity guests, many former 'Friends' stars will also be a part of the episode including Tom Selleck who played Richard, James Michael Tyler who played Gunther and Maggie Wheeler who played Janice. You can catch the reunion episode of 'Friends' streaming on May 27 on HBO Max.