Remember Ross' girlfriend Elizabeth on Friends? Actress Alexandra Holden looks unrecognisable 22 years later

FRIENDS graced our screens almost three decades ago – and many of its fans have been left wondering what the cast have been up to since.

Despite its final episode airing 18 years ago, it was recently revealed that Friends is still the number one favourite show among young TV watchers.


One of the main plots of the beloved sitcom revolved around the journey of finding love – and Ross Geller, despite his best efforts, struggled to find the one. 

Among the long list of beautiful women he met came Elizabeth – portrayed by Alexandra Holden – that he eventually ends up dating for a brief period of time.

Alexandra played the student, who was 12 years younger than Ross, in multiple episodes of the show’s sixth series – and she looks completely different these days. 

Holden, now 44, has been keeping pretty busy since her time on Friends and has since guest-starred in a wide number of movies and TV shows.

Speaking recently about her time on the show, Alexandra recalled a rather alarming note she was given ahead of auditioning.

Reflecting on her time on the sitcom, the 44-year-old told The Guardian about a certain moment that sent her “into a tailspin”.

“I got called in to do a ‘chemistry read’ with David Schwimmer,” she told the publication.

“It was terrifying because the producers told me to come in looking ‘as hot as possible’. 

"I didn’t know what to do with that information – it sent me into a tailspin.” 

Noting she “stayed up all night trying to figure out what to wear”, Alexandra added: “Now that I’m older, I wouldn’t be happy getting that message.”

Many new viewers noted that some of the humour that was acceptable in the ‘90s would no longer fly in the 21st century.

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This was also addressed with guest star Aisha Tyler, who played Ross's later girlfriend Charlie.

She also revealed: “People of colour were always aware of the lack of diversity.

“The fact of the matter was, it was a show set in Manhattan that was almost entirely Caucasian – it was an unrealistic representation of what the real world looked like.”


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