Friends star David Schwimmer has said the sitcom made him a recluse as he struggled to handle his new found fame.

David, 49, has now reinvented himself as a director and movie actor since the show finished.

When he recalls upon his time on Friends as a global star at age 27, he told Hollywood Reporter ‘’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.

“As an actor, the way I was trained, my job was to observe life and to observe other people, so I used to walk around with my head up, really engaged and watching people.

“The effect of celebrity was the absolute opposite: it made me want to hide under a baseball cap and not be seen.

“And I realised after a while that I was no longer watching people; I was trying to hide.

“So I was trying to figure out: How do I be an actor in this new world, in this new situation? How do I do my job? That was tricky.”


In the podcast, he also told that he turned down a role in Men in Black which was then taken by Will Smith and the film transformed into a huge Box Office smash.

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