How do you do, fellow 90s kids? Does the idea of time’s inevitable decay slowly creeping up on you sound appealing? It doesn’t? Too bad because if I have to deal with my own mortality I’m going to make you go through it too.
How am I going to do that? By taking something you love, Friends, and turning it against you. Remember Ben, Ross’ son from his first marriage? Well, he’s all grown up now, like proper grown up.
He’s so grown up that when you take a look at him you’ll wonder why you even bother anymore and just give up and check yourself in to a care home for the elderly.
Okay, maybe you won’t do that but it is astounding to think when Cole Sprouse and his twin brother, Dylan, debuted on Friends they were still kids. Four child actors played Ben over the 236 laughter-filled episodes, with Cole cast in the role of slightly older Ben.
He will always be remembered by the show’s fans as the kid who convinced Ross and Carol to roll a coin, covered in permanent ink, down their face. But now Cole is 25 years old, meaning he’s the same age as Jennifer Aniston was in the first series!
When the pilot episode of Friends was shot Jen was the second-youngest cast member, with castmate Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing) as the baby of the group. He was only 24 when they began filming. Could he BE ANY younger?!?
Post-Friends Cole and Dylan were kept busy, they both got the leads in the Disney Channel’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, which got them a sweet $40,000 per episode, according to The Mirror, and starred in Miley Cyrus’ hit kids TV show Hannah Montana.
In 2015 Cole graduated from New York University after studying archaeology – something his on-screen dad, Ross, would be proud of.
Furthermore, you can still find Cole on your TV screens (and we’re not talking Friends reruns) on teen-drama show Riverdale, which focuses on a group of high school students who are dealing with the death of a classmate. A dark adaptation of the popular, light-hearted Archie comics, Cole plays Jughead Jones.
For any of you folks who are still hung up about Friends being off the air since 2004 you need to: a) get over yourselves or b) just buy into ridiculously cheap merchandise from Primark which will hopefully fill the void.
Placating all your Friends and 90s nostalgia in one go, this range has the lot, including themed-candles, pyjamas, photo frames and more. There are even Central Perk coffee and espresso cups.
Primark wrote on their site:
Could we BE anymore excited about this collection? Bring Central Perk into your own home and prepare for coffee breaks on tap. Everyone’s fave American sitcom might have finished back in 2004, but the re-runs will live forever, am I right? And as nothing will ever quite fill the Friends shaped void in our lives, we might as well try and recreate it ourselves!! Find your lobster with these PJs, cosy throws, and duvet set, oh and a cookie jar so big that even Joey would be happy!
To be honest, I only ever go to Primark to buy underwear and socks.
Keep doing you though, Primark. And you, Cole.
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