This may come as a huge shock, but it turns out that few on the screen Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox are actually related in real life! According to genealogists, the actors are distant cousins!
As you know, the beloved actors Chandler and Monica played in the fans’ favorite show for no less than a decade, but now their romantic scenes can make some people a little uncomfortable.
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This is because the MyHeritage genealogy team has revealed that Perry and Cox are eleventh cousins!
Apparently the connection was made through Courteney’s mother Courteney Copeland, and Matthew’s father, John Bennett Perry.
To be precise, both Perry and Cox are descended from ancestors William Osbern Haskell III and Ellen Haskell, a married couple who lived in England about 500 years ago.
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The two had two sons named Roger and William, the first was a direct ancestor of Courteney, while the second is equally related to Matthew.
So actually they are cousins!
Of course, it’s too far away to matter at all, but still it’s a bit bizarre for some to discover this information after all these years of sending their characters to the small screen.
MyHeritage’s head of research, Roi Mandel, said: “We went very deep into this line, checked every name. We have found many records that support this, and we are confident that they are related. This is not such a surprise. It makes sense when you go back so many generations, the chances of people being connected are higher. ‘
The same company also learned through this research that both Perry and Cox are also related to none other than Lady Gaga!
This information about the actors comes from a highly anticipated broadcast just before airing on HBO Max Friends reunion special! What do you think of the revelation that the on-screen pair is distantly related?