11 Actors You Forgot Were On Friends

11 Actors You Forgot Were On Friends

Brad Pitt was def the best cameo.

Most of these stars were either significant others to the gang, or random strangers the gang didn't quite interact with, but we the audience loved. Maybe you are a Friends expert and didn't forget about any of these stars, but isn't it still nice to take a walk down memory lane and see all of those familiar faces?

1. Robin Williams

Arguably one of the best cameos on the show, he and Billy Crystal crashed the gang's couch and gave quite the story in a few minutes.

2. Charlie Sheen

Before Two and a Half men, or two and half scandals, Sheen played a navy officer with ties to our very own Phoebe.

3. George Clooney

The handsome doctor on the left tries to date Monica... or is it Rachel?

4. Sarah Ferguson

While Joey was being a tourist he just happened to run into the Duchess of York. When am I just going to happen to run into Prince Harry?

5. Brad Pitt

He wasn't quite as crazy about Rachel and some of us are.

6. Brooke Shields

Joey's been on his fair share of first dates, but this one was something else.

7. Dylan and Cole Sprouse

They only played one perfectly adorable child, but they both stole our hearts.

8. Paget Brewster

You may realize this beautiful woman from Criminal Minds, but when she was on Friends she played Joey's roommate, who Chandler liked. To be fair we all liked her a lot too.

9. Julia Roberts

Sure, they were cute. But no one is as cute as Chandler and Monica.

10. Alec Baldwin

His face looked pretty much like the above photo for the whole episode. He was so enthusiastic about everything, it was hard not to wish he was gone already.

11. Paul Rudd

Maybe you didn't forget about him, but this is just a friendly reminder of how great he was on this show.

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Dear Shondaland, You Made A Mistake Because April Kepner Deserves Better

"April Kepner... you're not average"

I'll admit from the first time we were introduced to April in Season 6, I didn't like her so much. I mean we hated the "Mercy Westers" in the first place, so how could we see the potential in the annoying, know-it-all resident that was trying to compete with our beloved Lexie Grey.

But then, we saw her come face-to-face with a killer and thought maybe she had potential.

We then saw her surprise everyone when she proved to be the next trauma surgeon in the making and we were intrigued.

Notice how none of these stories had anything to do with Jackson Avery. Not that we didn't love her with Jackson, but for whatever reason you've chosen to end their very popular relationship. Suddenly, you think that April is not worth further exploration but you've forgotten one simple thing. We fell in love with her before "Japril" was ever in the picture.

We love her because her story was unlike the others and she had one of the best character developments on the show. She wasn't damaged like Meredith Grey or Alex Karev who have been on their journey to become all whole and healed, but she still had to fight hard to be taken seriously. Her story has so much potential for future development, but you've decided to throw it all away for "creative reasons."

I'm sorry, but there's nothing creative about doing the exact same thing you've done to all the other characters who have left the show. We've endured the loss of many beloved characters when you chose to write off George, Henry, Mark, and Lexie. We even took it when you did the unthinkable and wrote McDreamy out of the show - killing off one half of the leading couple. (WHO DOES THAT???)

But April Kepner? Are you kidding me?

She may no longer be with Jackson, but she was so much more than half of Japril. While most of us hate that Jackson and April are over, we probably could have dealt with it if April was still on the show. Now they're done and you think there aren't any more stories to tell about her character. Why? Because she'll just get in the way of Jackson and Maggie?

How could you not see that she was way more than Jackson's love interest?

She's so much more than you imagined her to be. April is the headstrong, talented trauma surgeon no one saw coming. The farmer's daughter started off an ugly duckling who became a soldier because she needed to be one and turned into one big beautiful swan who constantly has to fight for her coworkers and family to see her as such.

She's proven to be a soldier and swan on many occasions. Just take giving birth to her daughter in a storm on a kitchen table during an emergency c-section without any numbing or pain medication as an example. If she wasn't a soldier or a swan before, how could she not be after that?

Yet, you - the ones who created her - still see her as the ugly duckling of a character because she always had to take the backseat to everyone else's story and was never allowed to really be seen.

But we see her.

She's the youngest of her sisters who still think of her as the embarrassing little Ducky no matter how much she's grown.

This swan of a resident got fired for one mistake but came back fighting to prove she belongs. Not only did April Kepner belong there, but it was her talent, her kindness, her strength that made her Chief Resident. This simply wasn't enough for Dr. Bailey or her other residents so she fought harder.

She endured the pressure but always ended up being a joke to the others. When she was fired yet again, your girl came back a little shaken. She doubted herself, but how could she not when everyone was against her.

Despite everyone telling her she couldn't, she did rise and no one saw her coming because she remained in the background. She went off to Jordan broken and came back a pretty risky trauma surgeon.

We've watched for years as she was handed promising stories that we never got to see fully develop because she was in the background. We never got to see her rise. We get the beginning and the end, but hardly ever the middle.

I thought we were finally going to have an amazing story arc in season 11 when she loses Samuel, but what did we really get? Two or three episodes of her coming to terms with the loss of her baby and then April's disappearance from the show while she's grieving off screen so that Dr. Amelia Shepherd can shine her first season on the show. Where is April's life-changing surgeries? What does April get? She's background music.

Now what?

It's season 14 and we finally get the story we've been waiting 9 years for! We get Dark April and her crisis of faith. A story arc all Christians can appreciate. Here's the chance for real character development in the foreground, but wait...

Before her story is even wrapped up, you announce that this season will be her last. So we're forced to realize that the only reason we're getting this story now is that you're writing her off.

No matter how you end it, it's not going to do her story justice. If you kill her off to end her crisis of faith story, you're not reaching the many Christians who watch the show. If you have her leaving Seattle and taking Harriet with her, you didn't know April. If you have her leaving Seattle and abandoning Harriet, you really didn't know April. So anyway you choose to end her story, you lost out on one great character.

You messed up.

Both April Kepner and Sarah Drew deserved better.

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Premiere: Behind The Scenes Of Johnnie Mikel's Music Video "Friday Night"

No this is not the behind the scenes look at Rebecca Black's "Friday" or Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night"

Up and coming pop star, Johnnie Mikel, just put out his latest single "Friday Night" and if you haven't heard it than you are missing out. I got a chance to sit down with him and talk about his music video for "Friday Night", upcoming touring, his songwriting, and future music endeavors.

Originally from Kentucky, Johnnie has had a passion for music all of his life. Living an hour outside of Nashville, it wasn't hard to gain access to one of the biggest music hubs in the world. However, the music scene in Nashville leans more towards country, which is not the vibe Johnnie is going for, for himself, "Nashville’s definitely very country and I do write country as well. Obviously, I don’t perform it, but I do write in that world a little bit. It’s interesting while I’m there. Sometimes I feel like I don’t exactly fit in. I have blue hair, I’m writing pop songs, and dancing in my music videos. A lot of people don’t really get that, but I think what’s interesting is that I am standing out there. There’s definitely a little pop group that’s kind of growing and definitely taking form there, so that’s cool to see."

Despite being surrounded by primarily country musicians, when he is in Nashville, that has not stopped Johnnie from pursuing a pop career. The world of pop is constantly changing and with that so are the artists that make up the genre. For "Friday Night" Johnnie tried pulling inspiration from R&B artists to incorporate their vibe into his song,"I was actually really inspired by 90s R&B and new jack swing and kind of like that whole revival that’s going on right now with Bruno Mars and Cardi B and all of Bruno Mars’ stuff honestly. So I wanted to kind of bring my music into that world cause I’m more just like straight pop... it was really fun to experiment with those sounds!"

The video for "Friday Night" looked like one big party and according to Johnnie, it was. They shot it at the roller skating rink he used to go to as a kid and he brought his whole family and all his friends to set, "Honestly it’s like the best set I’ve ever been on! It was so much fun cause all my friends and family were there. A lot of the people in the video are actually my friends so it didn’t feel contrived or forced or anything. We were literally hanging out. That’s what made it super fun!"

Johnnie mentioned that his favorite part was completely improvised and that it was a ton of fun, "The scene where we were having the party... We started filming and what happened kind of just happened. I just love how that translates on camera. It was just so real. And that was totally not planned either! They literally started grabbing me and I was like ok sure whatever! But yeah that was so much fun!"

Writing all of his own stuff and doing co-writes with people, Johnnie has had to learn how to open up not only through his music, but with other songwriters,"I had to learn how to be open with other writers. That was one of the biggest obstacles for me." Since songwriting is so important to him this was a necessity, "Being a writer is just how I share what’s going on in my world. I just feel like it comes from a super honest place with me. So writing’s always been important to me."

Johnnie has been building up his catalog and is ready to share it with his fans. While his plans are not concrete, he intends to tour in the near future, "I’m working on some touring options right now, which I’m so excited for! I was on the road a couple years and literally, it’s my favorite part of the whole process. Being on stage, performing with the band, that’s like literally heaven to me. It’s my favorite, so I’m so excited about that! Especially with my new material and that I’ve got a bigger following now I think it’s gonna be so much fun!"

He's really excited to release some of his new material and by the sound of it, we should be hearing it sooner rather than later,"I’m gonna be putting out another single later this summer and then hopefully another EP. I’m still writing a lot right now though, so it’s coming to the point where I have this catalog of like a million songs and I’m like oh gosh what do I want to put out? But it’s always evolving. I’m always writing, always creating. Definitely more to come this year!"

Make sure to keep an eye out for upcoming tour dates and releases!

Until then check out "Friday Night" on all streaming services and request it on your local radio station!

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