Courteney Cox: Prince Harry stayed with me for ‘two or three days,’ he’s ‘really nice’

Courteney Cox received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week. I’m shocked that she hasn’t gotten one before now, although they don’t give out stars on merit. Someone has to pay for your star and, like, actually campaign for the star or something. Usually, studios put something together to coincide with a big premiere – I would assume that Cox got the star as part of the promotion for Scream VI. Cox’s friends came out for her Walk of Fame ceremony, like Jennifer Aniston and my nemesis Laura Dern. Ahead of her ceremony, Cox chatted with Variety about her career and what she’s learned. She was also asked about Prince Harry doing mushrooms in her house! Some highlights:

Her recurring role on Family Ties: “I was so nervous. It’s so hard to go into a hit show. I wasn’t a guest star, I was a recurring character, but every time I went it felt like I was starting from scratch! Being on a show and watching Michael J. Fox was the greatest lesson in acting and comedy that I’ve ever seen. He was able to take one line, break it up into three different parts and get three huge laughs. He’s just a master. It was a great experience — it was nerve-wracking!”

What she learned from ‘Friends’: “‘Friends’ taught me the importance of camaraderie and really sticking together. These friendships were at the most important time in my life, and we went through so many things together. And it just taught me about being there for each other — I know, that’s the song: ‘I’ll be there for you.’ But it’s true. It was so nice to work with people that could bounce ideas off each other. Everybody wanted the best for everybody. There was no jealousy, it was only, ‘Let’s make the best show we can, and let’s support each other in this.’”

Getting cast as Gale Weathers in Scream: “That’s a really fun character, especially at the very beginning when she was so ruthless. I was known from ‘Friends’ and ‘Family Ties,’ known as the girl next door and sweet. I had to talk to [director] Wes Craven and write him a letter and say, ‘I know that you don’t think of me as this person, but trust me, I really can be an absolute bitch.’ It was over the top in the perfect way. You really care about the characters because they were unique, and you don’t laugh at them, you laugh with them because they’re smart. If they were dumb, they were supposed to be and they’re endearing.”

On Scream VI: “I missed working with [Neve Campbell] but I’m going to support whatever she feels is right. I have a really good scene with Ghostface and it was amazing. I’ve obviously been stabbed many times and all that, but this time, to work with Ghostface and not know who’s under the mask, it was a really fun. Usually by the time I’m getting stabbed, I know who it is.”

Happiest she’s ever been:
“The place I am in right now is the happiest I’ve ever been. There’s a lot of things that are not great about getting older, but there’s a lot of great things and that is being in a place where I love working. I try harder now at things. I care more. I love directing. I love acting. I love producing. I feel like I’ve been doing it long enough that I actually know what I’m doing and then I can excel. I can be better. I take more chances. There’s just something about the confidence of time, of doing something so long, I probably love it more now than I ever have.”

Prince Harry sampling “a box of black diamond mushroom chocolates” in her fridge. “He did stay here for a couple of days — probably two or three. He’s a really nice person,” she says with a laugh. She also recently saw him at a birthday party and wanted to say hi, but kept to herself since he was talking to others. “I haven’t read the book. I do want to hear it, because I’ve heard it’s really entertaining. But yes, it’s gotten back to me about it. I’m not saying there were mushrooms! I definitely wasn’t passing them out.”

[From Variety]

The story about Harry finding mushrooms and taking them at Cox’s house was always a little bit weird, just because… Courteney has a reputation of being very straight-arrow, no drugs, no shenanigans, no craziness. But maybe she’s chilled out, plus she’s with Johnny McDaid, so maybe some music people brought the drugs? The idea that Cox would let a random prince sleep in her guest room is on-brand for her though. As for the rest of it… she’s had a hell of a career. It’s so weird because, back in the ‘90s, most people thought the biggest breakout Friends stars would be Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry and/or David Schwimmer. But no, I would argue that Cox and Lisa Kudrow had the better careers overall. Matt LeBlanc also ended up having a really great TV career.

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  1. TheWigletOfWails says:

    Iirc Courteney wasn’t home at first coz she was working but she came back later. The mushroom chocolates were probably something a guest brought to the party for everyone to share.

  2. Alexandria says:

    I like her and I loved Monica.

    Across the pond, a dozen rota rats suddenly wake up from their sleep and prepare to write 50 crazed articles from this short snippet.

    • Dee(2) says:

      They already are. I’ve seen a few recountings of her comments, that completely leave out her saying that he’s nice, and that she has heard a good things about Spare and wants to read it. They are totally framing it like he was lying about either they’re being mushrooms there, or bizarrely that she knew he was at her house. They really are trying to frame it as if”Hollywood” hates them.

      • Ginger says:

        The haters love misinformation. Harry clearly said Courtney Cox came by later and wasn’t there the whole time. It’s clear someone else brought the mushrooms.

  3. Ang says:

    “Matt LeBlanc also ended up having a really great TV career.”
    Am I in an alternate universe or something??? Didn’t he stumble from attempt to attempt, failing at every turn to recreate any interest in himself as an actor or character?

    • Naomi says:

      lol agreed. Matt LeBlanc most definitely did not have a great TV career. The women did well for themselves; the men did not (though I suppose of the 3 dudes, Schwimmer did the best maybe?)

    • ThatsNotOkay says:

      Episodes was really great. And Man with a Plan actually did well, though it had the typical CBS-Chuck-Lorre-type humor, so wasn’t my cup of tea.

      • Reborn Rich says:

        There is an episode of Episodes where the ML is having a fight with the male writer and it is one of the funniest scenes I have ever seen. I watched it over and over and found it hilarious. Like man, what a great show.

    • MaryContrary says:

      He was absolutely brilliant in the series, Episodes. It was on Showtime originally, but we caught it on Netflix. If you ever want to watch something hilarious, and that just totally sends up Hollywood and LA-it’s the perfect show.

    • lucy2 says:

      Episodes was FANTASTIC, but beyond that yeah, I don’t think his career has been that great, but really, none of them ever needed to work again a day in their lives after the success of Friends.

  4. Renee' says:

    Why is Laura Dern the arch nemesis? What am I missing?

    • Lorelei says:

      I need to know why Laura Dern is Kaiser’s nemesis 😭

    • DK says:

      Came to the comments just to say the same!
      It always cracks me up when Kaiser refers to “my nemesis Laura Dern,” but I’m dying for the story.
      Please share it!
      (Or if you have already, please share the link!)

      • BothSidesNow says:

        I too have always been curious as to why LD is Kaisers arch nemesis, but I can see why. Though she comes from Hollywood royalty, her acting is subpar as well as her clothing choices which a legendary for missing the mark completely. LD just gets under my skin like those critters under your skin.

  5. HeyKay says:

    No, no Matt LeBlanc is fine and dandy in his tv career.
    Yes, Joey sucked. But he went on to star in a British show that he played a hyper version of himself in and I can’t think of the name. Then he starred in Man with a Plan on CBS that ran for 4-5 years got solid ratings. Then he joined Top Gear a British car show that is huge in many countries and well on it.
    He’s been working steady and still seems more than happy to chat about his days on Friends.

    The big six on Friends are still getting millions each year from it. The dang thing is going to play forever, somewhere.

    Matthew Perry just breaks my heart. His personal life and drug problems are terrible, he’s lost decades of health to drugs.

  6. C says:

    This was cute. Someone probably stashed it in her fridge, lol.
    I disagree respectfully, I do think Aniston has had the better career, but then again, I don’t follow really anything the cast did after Friends so I can’t tell quality over quantity etc.

    Walk of Fame stars are pricey, like $55,000, aren’t they? It’s an honor but I can see it not being a huge priority.

    • lucy2 says:

      I think all 3 women have done really well post-Friends. And that doesn’t seem that common, plus holding onto a 30 year friendship.

      I remember Courteney on Family Ties, I always liked her on that show. She was also in something called Misfits of Science way back in the 80s that only lasted a season, but my friend and I were obsessed with it. I haven’t thought about that in ages, I wonder if it’s online somewhere!

  7. Becks1 says:

    I was also surprised that she just got a hollywood star this week. I know they’re not based on merit, but still.

    I loved Harry’s random-ass story about mushrooms at Courtney’s house. Honestly what it brought home to me was something Gayle King said a few years ago, about how well connected Harry is and how he has been networking for his entire life.

  8. Slush says:

    Mushrooms are becoming a the new cannabis – I believe there are chocolates they are micro-doses, which I’m guessing (with no real evidence lol) is what she had

    • Concern Fae says:

      Ha! Never done them, but a friend said part of the appeal of edibles is that someone else is making sure the dose is correct.

  9. j.ferber says:

    I love Laura Dern. She’s amazing. Please no beef with her. Am I missing the context of Courtney’s story about Prince Harry. I mean, WTF? He stayed at her house a few days? Please put in the context, or other, nastier people will.

  10. RoyalBlue says:

    I totally loved that part of Spare when Harry talks about taking the mushrooms. It was hilarious how it made him high, and he imagined the bathroom bin talking to him. I screamed. lol.

    • A says:

      I was honestly just cackling at him crashing at Courtney Cox’s house that I totally missed the rest of the stuff about the shrooms. That wasn’t even the only Friends anecdote in the book either–he talks at one point about doing his laundry on Sunday nights and drying them on the radiator in one of the places he was living in, and that he’d do this while watching Friends, and that he was pretty sure he was Chandler. To which I thought, EVERYONE thinks they’re Chandler, if they watch Friends.

  11. Amy Bee says:

    The mushrooms story was the funniest part of Harry’s book.

  12. Mellie says:

    Don’t forget Courtney’s star turn dancing with Bruce S in Dancing in the Dark video ❤️

  13. j.ferber says:

    Mellie, that video literally started her career. I remember it well (oh, to be old and to have seen everything).

    • Mellie says:

      Haha — I can remember way back then as being so naive as to think some lucky woman was pulled randomly out of the audience — her look of wonder and disbelief as he reaches for her — I skipped over the fact of the handy stairs she had to get up to the stage lol

  14. QuiteContrary says:

    I follow her on Instagram (and I don’t follow many celebs). She’s a good cook in real life.

  15. HarryforLife says:

    This was such a lovely snippet from her. I also love the rota garbage:

    – “Harry’s unpopular, snubbed by A-Listers!”

    Actual A Listers – “Harry’s a nice guy, I wanted to chat with him but he was busy, at a social event (no one in the rota even KNEW about, that an actual A-Lister was attending) but he was surrounded and busy talking like the damn belle of the ball… (likely to OTHER A-Listers).

    I’m loving this for Harry!!!