Apparently being on “Friends” didn’t help David Schwimmer’s friendships in real life.
The actor admits he had trouble adjusting to the sudden stardom he experienced after his beloved sitcom exploded — presenting him with newfound challenges in his social life.
“It was pretty jarring and it messed with my relationship to other people in a way that took years, I think, for me to kind of adjust to and become comfortable with,” he said on a new podcast with The Hollywood Reporter.
Before becoming a household name, the Queens native recalls always making it a point to observe others around him in an effort to better himself as an actor.
But once he was thrust into the spotlight, his perspective changed entirely.
“The effect of celebrity was the absolute opposite,” he revealed during the podcast. “It made me want to hide under a baseball cap, not be seen. And I realized after a while that I was no longer watching people – I was trying to hide.”
Scwhimmer, 49, says he felt fortunate that his five co-stars were going through the same thing at the time, because the experience was often “really terrifying.”
He did contend that the whole process was “really thrilling, and exciting and fun” overall, but there were certainly aspects he didn’t care for.
“Suddenly people were treating me in a very, very different way, that sometimes was flattering, but mostly very invasive,” he said.
Schwimmer rose to fame quickly for his role on the popular sitcom.
“Because you are in their home,” he continued. “There’s something very approachable about actors on television, and I think especially in a half-hour comedy, where there’s something very comforting about it.”
Schwimmer didn’t remain in the public eye as much as some of his other co-stars on the smash hit series, particularly Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry.
He did, however, star as Robert Kardashian in last year’s acclaimed FX documentary series “The People v. O.J. Simpson” – a role that netted him an Emmy nomination for outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or movie.
It was his second Emmy nomination, as he also received one for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy in 1995 for his role as Ross Gellar on “Friends.”