Back When ‘Friends’ Matt Leblanc Brought Out His Joey to Fulfill the ‘Game of Thrones’ Actress’ Wish

Published 09/14/2023, 9:27 AM EDT

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How amazing it is when a specific dialogue or a moment from a show stays with the viewers even after the show ends. Friends, which ran from 1994 to 2004, is one such show that still has an enormous impact on the viewers. Fans of the show love it because it gives them the most beautiful, funny, and unforgettable one-liners. They still refer to some signature dialogues of all the characters in their daily life.

The show has a vast impact on its viewers from different generations. Not only the common people but also the celebrities love the show dearly. A surprising example is when a Game of Thrones actress expressed her love for the sitcom and asked Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani) to fulfill her dream.

Matt LeBlanc channeled his inner Joey Tribbiani to charm Mother of Dragons

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There are rare shows that touch the audiences’ hearts so much that even after the ending of the show, they can not get away from it. Surprisingly, the ’90s sitcom is one such rare show that has a grip over celebrities as well. The now 56-year-old actor appeared on The Graham Norton Show in 2016 along with other stars from the industry. Among those guests, there sat the Game of Thrones actress, Emilia Clarke, who admitted she was a huge Friends fan. While gushing over the Man With A Plan actor, she asked him if he could approach her in Joey’s signature style.

Every Joey fan would know how he used to make women fall for him just by asking them how they were doing. He claimed it worked every time. So, did it work on Emilia Clarke? The answer, undoubtedly, is yes. When LeBlanc asked her, “How you doin’?“, the Me Before You actress could not stop blushing. While trying to keep herself calm, she admitted it actually worked.

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Following the cute conversation between Clarke and LeBlanc, the show host Graham Norton admitted to doing a silly thing before the episode started. He asked the Episodes actor how he was doing only to realize that it was LeBlanc’s signature line in Friends. While everyone shared a great laugh during this moment, did you know there could have been a different actor as Joey Tribbiani instead of Matt LeBlanc?

Who else was up for Joey Tribbiani’s role?

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If anyone would ask the sitcom’s fans if they would want any actor to be replaced, they would definitely say no. However, there was an actor who auditioned for this remarkable character, not once, but twice. It was The Idol star Hank Azaria. He believed he had what the showmakers were looking for in Joey Tribbiani. Although it did not work out for him, he got a feature as another significant character in the show.

Azaria starred in the NBC sitcom as Phoebe’s boyfriend, the Scientist Guy, David. Interestingly, when David unintentionally broke Phoebe’s heart by going to Minsk, it was Joey who confronted her and made her feel loved. However, the show makers decided to dumb down Joey’s character to match his personality.

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Despite Joey being dumb, he proved to be the best friend anyone could ever ask for throughout the show. Are you also a Joey Tribbiani fan? What do you think about the moment Emilia Clarke shared with Matt LeBlanc? Tell us in the comments below.

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Neha Chande

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Meet Neha Chande, an entertainment writer at Netflix Junkie, who has written more than 1100 articles. With a Master's degree in English Literature, Neha believes in unbiased journalism. Before delving into her passion for writing and cinema, she taught English and communication skills as a facilitator and lecturer.

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