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Kathleen Turner Said The "Friends" Cast Was Cliquey And Unwelcoming When She Guest-Starred On The Show

Turner played Chandler Bing's biological dad, who was a transgender woman, on the '90s series.

Posted on August 7, 2018, at 2:20 p.m. ET

The iconic Kathleen Turner, known for her roles in Body Heat (1981), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), and The War of the Roses (1989), recently did a candid Q&A with Vulture, and she really spilled some tea.

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In the interview with David Marchese, Turner said Elizabeth Taylor wasn't "very skilled" and that she had a bad voice, talked about how she slapped another actor one time because he bit her during a scene, and was generally pretty blunt about her self-described "rage."

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Turner also discussed her time as a Friends guest star when she played the role of Chandler Bing's biological father, who was a transgender woman. It turns out, the actor didn't think the rest of the cast was all that friendly.


The identity of Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry)'s dad, born Charles Bing, is never made clear on the show. Chandler's parents got divorced when he was young because his dad slept with their pool maintenance man. While Friends never outright talks about Chandler's dad being a transgender woman, viewers only see the character portrayed as a woman. Chandler's dad also performs in drag shows and takes on the stage name Helena Handbasket.

"I didn’t feel very welcomed by the cast," she said. "I remember I was wearing this difficult sequined gown — and my high heels were absolutely killing me. I found it odd that none of the actors thought to offer me a seat."


"Finally it was one of the older crew members that said, 'Get Miss Turner a chair.'"

"The Friends actors were such a clique — but I don’t think my experience with them was unique," she said. "I think it was simply that they were such a tight little group that nobody from the outside mattered."


Turner wouldn't comment about what she thought of the cast as actors. "Maybe if I’d had months to work with them, I’d be in a better position to evaluate their skill," she said. "But I could only judge based on the period I worked on the show, which wasn’t long."


"I do respect the camaraderie they had. You can see camaraderie on the screen."

The actor also dropped some other gems. Turner said that her former costar Michael Douglas told her that at one point in time, he, Jack Nicholson, and Warren Beatty had a "competition" about "who would get me first." "None of them did, by the by," she said.

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And to top it all off, Turner talked about meeting Donald Trump and how he has "this gross handshake."

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"He goes to shake your hand and with his index finger kind of rubs the inside of your wrist," she said. "He’s trying to do some kind of seductive intimacy move. You pull your hand away and go yuck."

A lot of people really enjoyed Turner's Q&A, to say the least.

I would listen to a 100-episode podcast series that's just Kathleen Turner talking shit about Nicolas Cage.

Kathleen Turner is ~a mood~

I want to hang out with Kathleen Turner. Read this interview and so will you.

Don't mind me, I'm just going to spend all day posting excerpts from the Kathleen Turner interview on Vulture.

Long live Kathleen Turner, a true legend.

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A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.