This may come as a big shock, but it turns out that the couple are on-screen Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox are actually related in real life! According to genealogists, the actors are distant cousins!
As you know, popular actors Chandler and Monica played on the fans’ favorite series for no less than a decade, but now their romantic scenes might be a little uncomfortable for some people.
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This is because the MyHeritage genealogy team revealed that Perry and Cox are 11th cousins!
Apparently the connection was made through Courteney’s mother, Courteney Copeland, and Matthew’s father, John Bennett Perry.
More specifically, both Perry and Cox are descended from ancestors William Osbern Haskell III and Ellen Haskell, a couple who lived in England about 500 years ago.
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The two had two sons named Roger and William, the first being a direct ancestor of Courteney while the second is equally related to Matthew.
So basically they’re cousins!
Of course, it’s too far away to matter at all, but nonetheless, it’s a bit bizarre for some to find out this information after all these years of shipping your characters out on the small screen.
MyHeritage Research Director Roi Mandel said, “We went very deep into that line and checked every name. We have found many records to support this and we are confident that they are related to each other. That’s no surprise. It makes sense when you go back that many generations, the chances that people will be connected are higher. ‘
The same company also learned through this research that both Perry and Cox are related to none other than Lady Gaga!
This information about the actors comes right before a highly anticipated movie is aired on HBO Max Friends Goodbye special! What do you think of the reveal that the couple are distantly related on screen?