'Friends' fans stunned after learning truth behind legendary cameo 23 years later

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By stefan armitage

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Friends fans have been left stunned after learning a wild truth behind Susan Sarandon's legendary cameo 23 years ago.

The hit sitcom was no stranger to having A-list stars appear alongside everybody's six favorite friends - from Bruce Willis in season six to George Clooney in season one.

And one of the most beloved cameos is that of actress Susan Sarandon back in season seven.

Appearing in the 15th episode of the season, Sarandon plays actress Cecilia Monroe, Joey's co-star on the soap opera Days of our Lives.

Screenshot 2024-05-20 at 15.51.19.jpgSusan Sarandon alongside Matt LeBlanc in Friends. Credit: Warner Bros.

Monroe - a veteran on the soap - plays Jessica Lockhart and is open and honest about her passion for being on camera. However, her world is rocked when she learns that she's being killed off and her brain will be put in the body of Dr. Drake Ramoray (played by Joey).

But after initially taking a disliking to Joey, Cecilia soon falls for his charm and the pair sleep together - much to the delight of Rachel and Monica.

In the episode we also see Sarandon/Monroe/Lockhart filming a scene for the show alongside a young actress playing her on-screen daughter, Dina. During their scene, Monroe slaps Dina in the face, prompting Joey to ask her how she made the shot look so real.


The punchline comes when we see Dina cradling her face and begging those on set: "Can I get some ice here!?"

Fast forward 23 years and people are now only just learning that Dina is played by actress Eva Amurri - who just so happened to be Susan Sarandon's real-life daughter! Honestly, it's like a Days of our Lives storyline.

The revelation was first brought to light by a fan on Reddit, who said: "For those who didn’t know, the actress who played Jessica’s daughter is Eva Amurri, Susan’s real life daughter."


Well, following the twist, more fans rushed to the comments section to share their surprise, with one person writing: "I never knew this, even after all these years when I saw her in the movie Saved."

A second added: "I have been watching this show for 20+ years and that is the first time I learned something new about it in 10! Great find!"

"Even after all these years, [Today I Learned]," a third wrote.

GettyImages-124665595.jpgFans were shocked to learn the actors were mother and daughter! Credit: Michael Buckner / Getty

And it's true, the mother and daughter stars have appeared in several projects together over the years.

In 2002, they starred in Bob Dolman's comedy The Banger Sisters as mother and daughter Lavinia and Ginger. And in Sean Anders' 2012 comedy That's My Boy, where Ava played a younger version of her mom's character, Mary McGarricle.

Amurri has also appeared in hit US TV shows like How I Met Your Mother, House MD, Isolation, and Middle of Nowhere.

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'Friends' fans stunned after learning truth behind legendary cameo 23 years later

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By stefan armitage

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Friends fans have been left stunned after learning a wild truth behind Susan Sarandon's legendary cameo 23 years ago.

The hit sitcom was no stranger to having A-list stars appear alongside everybody's six favorite friends - from Bruce Willis in season six to George Clooney in season one.

And one of the most beloved cameos is that of actress Susan Sarandon back in season seven.

Appearing in the 15th episode of the season, Sarandon plays actress Cecilia Monroe, Joey's co-star on the soap opera Days of our Lives.

Screenshot 2024-05-20 at 15.51.19.jpgSusan Sarandon alongside Matt LeBlanc in Friends. Credit: Warner Bros.

Monroe - a veteran on the soap - plays Jessica Lockhart and is open and honest about her passion for being on camera. However, her world is rocked when she learns that she's being killed off and her brain will be put in the body of Dr. Drake Ramoray (played by Joey).

But after initially taking a disliking to Joey, Cecilia soon falls for his charm and the pair sleep together - much to the delight of Rachel and Monica.

In the episode we also see Sarandon/Monroe/Lockhart filming a scene for the show alongside a young actress playing her on-screen daughter, Dina. During their scene, Monroe slaps Dina in the face, prompting Joey to ask her how she made the shot look so real.


The punchline comes when we see Dina cradling her face and begging those on set: "Can I get some ice here!?"

Fast forward 23 years and people are now only just learning that Dina is played by actress Eva Amurri - who just so happened to be Susan Sarandon's real-life daughter! Honestly, it's like a Days of our Lives storyline.

The revelation was first brought to light by a fan on Reddit, who said: "For those who didn’t know, the actress who played Jessica’s daughter is Eva Amurri, Susan’s real life daughter."


Well, following the twist, more fans rushed to the comments section to share their surprise, with one person writing: "I never knew this, even after all these years when I saw her in the movie Saved."

A second added: "I have been watching this show for 20+ years and that is the first time I learned something new about it in 10! Great find!"

"Even after all these years, [Today I Learned]," a third wrote.

GettyImages-124665595.jpgFans were shocked to learn the actors were mother and daughter! Credit: Michael Buckner / Getty

And it's true, the mother and daughter stars have appeared in several projects together over the years.

In 2002, they starred in Bob Dolman's comedy The Banger Sisters as mother and daughter Lavinia and Ginger. And in Sean Anders' 2012 comedy That's My Boy, where Ava played a younger version of her mom's character, Mary McGarricle.

Amurri has also appeared in hit US TV shows like How I Met Your Mother, House MD, Isolation, and Middle of Nowhere.

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