He played one of our all time favourite TV characters, but David Schwimmer has revealed it wasn’t always smooth sailing playing Ross Geller.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, David discussed life in the public eye and how that affected his growth as an actor.
"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.
There's less of a barrier than there is with, say, a big movie star — you see them in this other kind of a space with a lot of other people on a big screen and you see that their role changes in every movie, for the most part. They're very different people in very different situations, whereas in our show I'm the same guy for ten years, you can rely on me to be a certain way and you know me… or you think you know me."
WE DO KNOW YOU DAVID!
Okay, maybe we don't actually, so fair enough.
We're just glad he has had such an epic year played Robert Kardashian in American Crime Story.