Ready to feel old? Ross's son Ben from hit TV series 'Friends' is now the same age as Rachel was in season 1!

Cole Sprouse and Dylan Sprouse who took turns playing the role of Ben are now successful actors in their own rights.

                            Ready to feel old? Ross's son Ben from hit TV series 'Friends' is now the same age as Rachel was in season 1!

You get reminded of your growing age every now and again by articles that tell you how old your favorite childhood cartoon is now, but be prepared to feel old in a much weirder way. Remember Ben from ‘Friends’? He is now the same age as Rachel was when the show aired season 1 in 1994.  

The role of Ben, son to David Schwimmer’s Ross, was played alternatively by one-half of one of the most famous twin child stars at the time, and no, we are not talking about the Olsen twins. Equally adored and equally adorable Sprouse twins, who later became famous for the Disney Channel series ‘The Suite Life of Zack and Cody’ brought Ben to life on the NBC series. Cole Sprouse, who played Ben was a mere 8 years old when he first appeared on the show.  


Rachel, played by Jennifer Aniston, was, of course, his almost-stepmom. When she first made her appearance on the show as the naïve and distraught runaway bride in episode 1 of season 1 of the show, she was 25-years-old. She was, in fact, the second-youngest cast member of the hilarious show, with castmate Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing) as the baby of the group. He was 24, at that time.

And Cole, who's playing the iconic Archie’s comics character Jughead on the CW TV show ‘Riverdale,’ is now 25. While it is mind-boggling for us to see the sweet and naughty Ben seducing women of all ages as the dark and mysterious Jughead, it is also pretty spectacular to see the young actor’s evolution.  

Although Rachel and Ben did not have many scenes together, the little time they did spend together was pretty iconic. In season 7 episode 16, we saw the two of them bonding over a mutual love for pranks. However, Rachel got into trouble when Ben’s pranks got too out of hand. 

Post ‘Friends’ Cole and his twin brother Dylan had kept busy with their celebrity lifestyle, having become two of the most recognized and beloved faces and reportedly earning a whopping $40,000 per episode for ‘Suite Life.’ They did take a short break from showbiz after the spin-off of the series, ‘Suite Life on Deck’ ended in the late 2000s. 

Both brothers attended college, with Cole earning a degree in archaeology with special focus in geographical information systems and satellite imaging from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. In 2015 Cole graduated from New York University after studying archaeology. We can’t help but assume his paleontologist TV dad Ross would have been so proud of him.