As the 20th anniversary of the beloved sitcom Friends approaches, New York City is celebrating with a Central Perk pop-up store featuring none other than our favorite barista, Gunther. James Michael Tyler, who played the starstruck cafe manager, told VH1 who he thinks would be the perfect female equivalent, his favorite guest stars over the show’s run, and which character he relates to most in real life (hint: It is not who you’d expect).
Tyler admitted to having died his hair religiously for 10 years straight, and revealed that most of the cast was riding caffeine highs throughout shooting as those iconic, oversized Central Perk mugs were filled with real java. Read on for more of our chat — which was over coffee, of course.
VH1: Do you think Gunther should’ve ended up with Rachel (Jennifer Aniston)?
No. I think Gunther had this idealized version of what he thought he wanted and what love was, but I really think he probably had no experience with love. So he put Rachel up here [raises arm] like, “That’s what I want to have.” Gunther really should have had someone who loved him back.
Who would you cast as the female Gunther?
Oh my gosh, I never really thought about that before. As far as actresses I admire now, Zooey Deschanel, perhaps? But you would have to give her a crew cut and bleach her hair blonde. But just the way she comes across, I think she could play a female Gunther very, very well.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve done in real life to win someone over?
There was a girl that I really, really wanted to ask to the prom. I would call her house — maybe the first three numbers — and hang up. Finally, she answered and I couldn’t get up the nerve to say anything so I just hung up on her. I felt so guilty that I sent her a dozen roses but I didn’t sign it. She thought it came from this other guy, that she liked, and she asked him to the prom. So I got this guy his prom date. It backfired in a very spectacular fashion.
If you could have coffee with anyone in the world, who would it be?
The Dalai Lama.
Who was your favorite guest star on the show?
I specifically remember Sean Penn. It was the episode right after 9/11; he flew in from New York, I think, just to be on the show, and I always admired him as an actor but I just remember the mood on the set was of course subdued and bad. It was set in New York and fictional, but everyone had a connection. When he came on, you could tell he was affected. He was very serious, but then he played this comedic character. It was kind of comforting having him on the set, in an odd way. For me specifically it was like, “I think things are going to be OK because we’ve got Sean Penn on the set.”
Which Friends character do you identify with most in real life?
Probably Ross. I have a science background – a degree in Geology — as well as a Masters in Fine Arts and Acting. I don’t really practice it anymore but I’m kind of a science nerd. I love reading the IFLS website.
What was your favorite episode or scene to shoot?
I loved the one where Phoebe dated the guy who wore shorts all the time and tended to not wear underwear. And he would sit like this [spreads legs] a lot in the coffee shop and everyone was aware of what was going on — being quite visually inappropriate — and Gunther tells him: “Hey buddy, this is a family place. Get the mouse back in the house.” Also the episode where Gunther speaks Dutch. He literally says: “You have sex with donkeys” in Dutch, and I cannot believe that made it passed the censors.
Why do you think Gunther was such an important role throughout the whole series?
He was the character — and this is due to the writers — that often would say things that I think the audience was thinking. He would say things that [main] characters could not. He was more observant than people give him credit for. He didn’t say a lot, but he knew everything.
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Kylie Jenner Wants To Pursue a Music Career, Jennifer Lopez’s New Film is “Uncomfortable” + More in Today’s Last Lap
Kylie Jenner is giving up modeling to chase her music dreams (why, God, why?!?!), Jennifer Lopez‘s new film will “make you uncomfortable,” John Travolta responds to gay cheating rumors, and more in today’s Last Lap.
- Sources say Kylie Jenner thinks she is “the next Katy Perry.” [Naughty but Nice Rob]
- Jennifer Lopez stars in the new film The Boy Next Door, in which she has an affair with a teenage boy. [Hallels]
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There’s no doubt that one of the hottest basic cable lineups belongs to FX. The channel as a whole is home to some of the boldest shows, and in its 20th year, it still takes major risks. The network has been rewarded with plenty of fans — who come back season after season, show after show, to not only see great scripted dramas and hilarious comedies but also some of the sexiest men on TV. There’s a reason Sons of Anarchy is such a major success: Charlie Hunnam. (Why else would he have originally landed the role of Christian Grey in film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey?) And then there are all the men in Ryan Murphy‘s rotating cast of American Horror Story. Joining Denis O’Hare and Evan Peters this season are Finn Wittrock (The Normal Heart) and Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games). And you can’t forget about Timothy Olyphant on Justified. Yum!
Thanks to a number of large casts, we had the tough duty of ranking FX’s sexiest leading men. Among them are the scruffy Adam Rayner of Tyrant, Corey Stoll of The Strain, and Matthew Rhys of The Americans.
While we should be jealous of the fact that Keri Russell gets to work alongside Rhys, we have to admit we are just as jealous of him. He and the rest of the cast get to have fun trying on Russell’s wig from her Felicity days. (And we’re fairly certain that’s not a sexy look on any man.) Of course, if you’re not a FX person, you may like Showtime.
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Fans of the British teen drama, Skins, were definitely saddened when the show went off the air last summer. Over the course of seven series, audiences were introduced to a number of fine actors, such as Nicholas Hoult, who later went on to even bigger stardom. Thankfully, over the past year, cast members from all three generations have started to pop up in new films and TV shows. Those not quite ready to let go of Cassie (Hannah Murray), Cook (Jack O’Connell), or Emily (Kathryn Prescott) can find solace in seeing the actors who portrayed them back in the limelight this fall.
Nicholas Hoult (Tony, First Generation)
Undoubtedly the biggest star to come out of the series, Hoult has crossed over to the big screen with roles in the X-Men franchise and Warm Bodies. He can next been seen in Dark Places (Nov. 2014) and Mad Max: Fury Road (May 2015), both co-starring Charlize Theron.
Joe Dempsie (Chris, First Generation)
After his turn as the happy-go-unlucky Chris, Dempsie appeared on a number of shows, such as Doctor Who and Merlin, before landing a recurring role as Gendry on Game of Thrones. While he was gone during season four of GoT, it’s likely he’ll be back in season five. Dempsie also stars in Monsters: Dark Continent, the sequel to the indie sci-fi monster flick that was a hit in 2010. The film hits theaters on Sept. 26.
Hannah Murray (Cassie, First Generation)
When Skins first premiered, Murray quickly became a fan favorite thanks to Cassie’s hypnotizing, yet troubled character. After winning a BAFTA for her role, Murray moved on from the series. She most recently joined Game of Thrones as Gilly and was bumped up to series regular in season four. Murray’s also back on the big screen with the British musical drama, God Help the Girl, which hit theaters in September.
Murray and her co-stars even stopped by VH1 to hang out with Jarvis in the elevator.
Up Next: More cast members from the First Generation plus a new MTV star
I have been obsessed with Batman ever since I was a wee little boy. So of course I’m freaking out over the new TV show Gotham, because it looks so badass! And OMG, what’s Batman without my favorite villain Penguin? It’s so cool that I ran into Gotham‘s “Penguin” also known as Robin Lord Taylor, in the VH1 elevator today!
Despite how creepy he is on the show, he’s incredibly delightful and sweet in person. He told me all about having to wear a fake nose on set, what’s its like working with Jada Pinkett Smith, and — OMG — he even taught me how to do the signature Penguin walk. SO COOL! Watch it all go down, above.
Catch more of my over-the-top interviews with stars including Taraji P. Henson, Mira Sorvino, Common, and more.
Lauren Conrad’s Wedding Photos Are Revealed, Paula Patton Has a New Man + More of Today’s First Dibs
The first photos of Lauren Conrad‘s big wedding day have arrived, Paula Patton officially moves on from Robin Thicke, Mayim Bialik moves from bashing pop stars to bashing movies, and more of today’s First Dibs.
- We finally get a peak of Lauren Conrad’s (or should we say, Mrs. Tell’s) “dream wedding.” [LaurenConrad.com]
- Cougar alert: Paula Patton is reportedly dating a 27-year-old and “loving living the dating life.” [Naughty but Nice Rob]
- Mayim Bialik expressed just how much she dislikes Frozen: “Barbie doll proportions of their bodies in general: tiny waists, ample busts, and huge heads.” [Gossip Cop]
- Joan Rivers’ doctor reportedly took a selfie with the comedian moments before her death. [Hollywood Life]
- Neil Patrick Harris and husband David Burtka get romantic with spaghetti in the new trailer for NPH’s upcoming memoir. [Yahoo!]
- Tom Hiddleston will star in Skull Island, the King-Kong spin-off. [EW]
- Ryan Serhant of Million Dollar Listing New York proposed to his girlfriend by shutting down Times Square. [NY Daily News]
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The Maze Runner Author Was Just As Obsessed With LOST As We Were, Says Series Heavily Influenced His Work
The Maze Runner author James Dashner calls himself an entertainment “nerd,” and clearly has the same taste in television as the rest of us. “The show LOST really influenced [The Maze Runner]. That show just means the world to me,” he told VH1 at the New York premiere of the film adaptation of his best-selling novel.
“[LOST] was really brilliant about creating mysteries that were layered on top of one another and giving you just enough information to keep you satisfied, but intrigued,” he continued. “The structure of it — like commercial, episode breaks, season breaks — I think my books were heavily influenced from that, and the movie is really paced brilliantly.” After seeing the film, we have to agree. You will find other similarities to LOST throughout The Maze Runner, including recurring codes (4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42!!), flashbacks, plenty of “WTF is happening?!” moments, and of course, a ridiculously sexy male lead played by Dylan O’Brien. There are other notable pop culture references throughout the film. James’ favorite movies are the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which is apparent through the edge-of-your-seat action. He cites Lord of the Flies and The Shining as having an impact on him growing up (even if the latter also terrified him).
But it’s clear that LOST was and always will be the biggest inspiration on his YA series. And with the 10th anniversary of the pilot rapidly approaching, he’s not going to let go of his fandom any time soon. “You should’ve seen me absolutely flip out, fan girl when I met Naveen Andrews, who played Sayid,” he said, “You would’ve thought I met the president of the United States.”
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Ryan Gosling Is Officially a DILF: Eva Mendes Gives Birth to Baby Girl, Couple Welcomes First Child Together
Are you sitting down? Us Weekly is reporting that Eva Mendes gave birth on Friday, Sept. 12, welcoming a baby girl with partner Ryan Gosling. Congratulations to them? It felt like the world came crashing down in July when reports surfaced that Mendes was expecting her first child with Gosling, and thus Baby Goose could no longer participate in your detailed fantasies of marriage. On the bright side: Gosling is now officially a DILF. The couple’s daughter, who will obviously be ridiculously good looking, is a Virgo, which puts her in the company of Amy Poehler and Beyoncé (not bad). And let’s be honest: You can’t wait for the first photos of Gosling wearing a Baby Bjorn to the farmers market.
How are you feeling? How is Rachel McAdams feeling?
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Barbra Streisand ended her 51-year absence from The Tonight Show yesterday, joining Jimmy Fallon for a duet medley and solidifying her legendary status. Babs was Fallon’s only guest, making up for lost time on the late night circuit.
The 72-year-old actress and singer hasn’t lost her touch. She charmed the audience while Fallon filled in as duet partners Elvis, Blake Shelton, and Michael Bublé. Watch the clip above for their comedic, magical performance.
Cara Delevingne Snags Lead Role in Upcoming John Green Film Adaptation, Matt Damon May Return to Bourne + More in Today’s Last Lap
Cara Delevingne could be the next Shailene Woodley, Matt Damon may be gearing up for more Bourne action, Disney gives the official storyline of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and more in today’s Last Lap.
- Cara Delevingne lands the female lead to star alongside Nat Wolff in John Green’s Paper Towns. [Variety]
- Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are reportedly teaming up again for a new Bourne installment. [EW]
- ABC finally releases the Revenge season four trailer, and Victoria Grayson is ready for serious payback. [TV Line]
- Disney reveals the synopsis of Avengers: Age of Ultron. [The Verge]
- Was Holly Montag trying to rain on Lauren Conrad‘s parade by getting married on the same day? [E!]
- The Walking Dead cast reveals Norman Reedus‘ biggest secret. [Huffington Post]
- Bill Murray asks: “Turn down for what?” [Billboard]
Delevingne’s upcoming co-star Wolff and author Green hint at whether we’ll see similarities between Paper Towns and The Fault In Our Stars:
- Gunther from Friends Believes Zooey Deschanel Is the Central Perk Barista’s Female Equivalent
- Kylie Jenner Wants To Pursue a Music Career, Jennifer Lopez’s New Film is “Uncomfortable” + More in Today’s Last Lap
- Did You Even Realize How Hot FX’s Leading Men Are?
- Where To Catch Your Favorite Skins Cast Members on Film and TV this Fall
- Gotham Star Robin Lord Taylor Teaches Jarvis How To Penguin Walk