FRIENDS: What You Should Know About Actress Who Played Janice


Friends recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Every character that appeared on the show is popular, including Janice. Read on to know what she is doing now

Written By Sherwin D'Cunha | Mumbai | Updated On:

Having premiered on NBC's network in 1994, Friends went on to become one of the generation-defining television shows of all-time. For ten seasons and 236 episodes, the iconic American show entertained audiences and made them laugh and cry. Millions of viewers around the world tuned in to their television sets to watch the misadventures of the gang of six: Joey, Chandler, Ross, Rachel, Monica and Phoebe in New York City. Many supporting characters of the show became households name too. 

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Friends debuted on September 22, 1994

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One of the most entertaining characters on Friends was Janice Goralnik. Played by actress Maggie Wheeler in a memorable role, Janice was introduced in season one as Chandler Bing's infamous girlfriend. Her annoyance was defined by her infamous catchphrase, 'Oh. My. GAWD.' Other attributes of her personality were her signature nasal talking tone and loud laugh. While she was not considered to be part of the central cast, Janice was so popular on Friends and among the fans, that her popularity was rivalled only by Gunther, the lovestruck barista at the Central Perk cafe. The writers of Friends made sure that they had one episode every season for Janice to appear in. 

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What happened to Janice after Friends?

The show ended in 2004, after a glorious ten-year run on NBC. While the central cast has turned into individual stars, the supporting actors are not around as much. Many fans have wondered what happened to the actress who played Janice, Maggie Wheeler. She has had a multi-faceted career that has spanned three decades, and she maintains a low-profile. Maggie Wheeler's estimated net worth is close to $2 million, reportedly. 

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In an interview with an international entertainment portal, Maggie Wheeler discussed certain things that went into making the character so iconic. She said that certain traits of Janice that made her so popular came from Maggie's own interpretation of the writing. She further added that Janice was an amalgamation of many women she encountered in New York City. The inspiration for the annoying laugh came from multiple pop culture references she was aware of. However, she credited Matthew Perry for having the ability to crack her up during rehearsals because of which her laugh came out the way it was in the show. 



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