Friend David Schwimmer studied drama at Oxford, had crummy summer jobs and once wanted to be a surgeon. The TV star who played Ross Gellar on Friends for ten years spoke about these things in an interview with England’s “The Guardian.”
One new revelation from the interview is how much Schwimmer really wanted to be a doctor, a surgeon, but later switched to acting. “I was fascinated by the human body: I knew everything about the lymphatic, the vascular and the skeletal systems. I was a big science geek,” said Schwimmer. So why did he pursue acting instead? In a word – Girls. “I found that I could talk to more girls in acting class than in the science lab. So that kind of derailed my medical career,” he explained.
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We all know that struggling actors must take on some very difficult and sometimes embarrassing jobs just to make the rent while they go on auditions. The traditional cliché is that every waiter in Los Angeles and New York is a struggling actor. But what about a roller skating waiter?
“I was a roller-skating waiter in Chicago for a summer,” David Schwimmer told The Guardian. Apparently this type of waiting tables offered a way to make a lot in extra tips. “You make your real money by doing stunts,” explained Schwimmer. “Everyone gets their burgers and fries, then you say: ‘Hey, you want me to jump over your kids for five bucks?’ They’d have their kids lie on the ground and I’d just jump over them at 30mph.”
Other revelations include how much the Friends star loves Shakespeare. But he admits that he lacks the vocal ability “to give the language justice.”
As for Ross, the character he played for ten years on television, David Schwimmer seems to be tired of being asked about what the character might be doing these days. It has been seventeen years since the program ended its highly successful run. On Ross Gellar Scwhimmer said, “I have no idea what Ross from Friends is up to at the moment. I don’t really think about it. Though we did kind of speculate what the characters might be up to in the reunion show.”