You’ll never guess what Janice looks like now! Friends star Maggie Wheeler, 59 – known for her catchphrase ‘oh my god!’ – makes a rare TV appearance 16 years after the iconic series ended
American actress Maggie Wheeler portrayed the larger-than-life character Janice on the wildly popular sitcom Friends from 1994 to 2004.
And the New York City native still looks fantastic today, more than 16 years after the iconic series aired its last episode on NBC.
Maggie spoke warmly of her character – who was known for her screeching catchphrase ‘oh my god!’ – during an interview on Australia’s The Morning Show on Thursday.
Is that you, Janice? Friends’ star Maggie Wheeler, 59, looked amazing when she resurfaced on Australian morning show on Thursday- 16 years after the series ended
Iconic: Janice or Janice Litman-Goralnik, made her first appearance on the show in 1994, playing Chandler Bing’s obnoxious on-again/off-again girlfriend. Here: on the show
When asked by hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies about her famous catchphrase, Maggie said she was ‘never sick of hearing it’.
She added: ‘I love [Janice], she lives on!’
Janice’s full name on the series was Janice Litman-Goralnik, and she made her debut in 1994 as the obnoxious girlfriend of Chandler Bing (played by Matthew Perry).
Set secrets: ‘I made the decision about the voice in advance. I created the laugh because Matthew Perry is so funny and I knew he would make me laugh on set,’ she said
Maggie explained it was her idea to give Janice a grating voice – which went on to becoming a running joke for 10 seasons – because she felt her character needed to match Matthew’s comedic energy in his portrayal of Chandler.
‘I just made the decision when I saw the audition scene,’ she said, referring to a scene in which Janice purchased Bullwinkle socks for her boyfriend.
‘I made the decision about the voice in advance. I created the laugh because Matthew Perry is so funny and I knew he would make me laugh on set,’ she said.
Creative: ‘I thought Janice better have a laugh because he will crack me up every time we work together and so, that is how that [annoying laugh] happened.’ Here: on UK TV, 2016
‘I thought Janice better have a laugh because he will crack me up every time we work together and so, that is how that happened.’
Despite only being written as a one-off character, Janice featured in all 10 seasons of Friends because the show’s executives loved her so much.
‘The writers fell in love with Janice and they continued to bring me back and find ways to write her into episodes and seasons,’ she said with pride.
Beloved: ‘The writers fell in love with Janice and they continue to bring me back and find ways to write her into episodes and seasons.’ (L) Matthew Perry
Maggie said she hoped Janice would appear in a Friends reunion someday.
Outside of Friends, Maggie also appeared in a string of ’90s and early 2000s sitcoms including Seinfeld, Will & Grace and Everybody Loves Raymond.
Maggie explained that while work had slowed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she had a number of other passion projects on the go.
‘I am a song leader,’ she said. ‘I am holding very large international community singing events while everyone is shut down.’
Tv star: Outside of Friends, Maggie also appeared in a host of famous 90s sitcoms including Seinfeld, Will & Grace and Everybody Loves Raymond. Here: on Friends, (L) Matthew Perry
Whhhat?! Maggie said work has slowed down due to the pandemic but she has other work projects including a choir. Here: on the Friends set