Entertainment TV Sebastian Stan Tells Jennifer Aniston 'Friends' Got Him Through 'a Lot of Lonely Nights' Aniston also discussed last year's Friends reunion, telling Stan she didn't expect it to be such an emotional "sucker punch" By Stephanie Wenger Stephanie Wenger Instagram Twitter Stephanie Wenger is a TV Writer/Reporter at PEOPLE. She joined the brand in 2021 as digital news writer, spanning across the site's verticals. She previously contributed to E! Online, HollywoodLife, Discover Los Angeles, Oscar.com and Hollywood.com. She appeared on air at AfterBuzz TV. She began her journalism career as an intern at Good Morning America and Access Hollywood. She graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor's in communications and received a Master's in journalism from the University of Southern California. People Editorial Guidelines Published on June 9, 2022 01:50 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Sebastian Stan is officially a member of the Friends fan club. During a recent chat with Jennifer Aniston for Variety's Actors on Actors series, the Pam & Tommy star, 39, admitted the hit comedy got him through "a lot of lonely nights." "It's a friend to have in the room sometimes," agreed Aniston, 53. Aniston believed Stan would have been "a great cast member" on Friends, adding, "You would have been Joey." However, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier actor said his friends have likened him to another beloved Friends character. "And my friends would always go around and be like, 'Who are you most like?' I always came closest to Chandler because I get very sort of neurotic," he explained. "And I just used to die laughing." Getty (2) Pam & Tommy's Sebastian Stan Says He 'Looks Forward to Seeing' Pamela Anderson's Netflix Doc Aniston also opened up about taking part in the Friends reunion that aired in May 2021 on HBO Max, admitting that she did not expect for it "to sucker punch us as hard as it did in the emotional gut." "We just had the idea this is going to be so fun — we're going back to the sets exactly the way they were. And literally, every single nook on a shelf was the same," she shared. "It was so creepy. But each and every one of us, we walked in, it was just like, 'Oh!'... Time travel." Terence Patrick/CBS How the Friends Cast Has Stayed Close for 25 Years: 'They Have Really Leaned on Each Other' The Emmy winner shared that the cast has remained close since the NBC series ended in May 2004. "It was '04 when it ended. And we were different. We were so little. Our lives were ahead of us. And so much has changed," she revealed. "We kind of had rose-colored glasses going into it. And then, it was like, 'This is really a lot heavier than I thought.' But I wouldn't change a lick of it. Every time we all get together, it's just like no time has passed." Jennifer Aniston and the Friends reunion. Jennifer Aniston/Instagram Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free weekly newsletter to get the biggest news of the week delivered to your inbox every Friday. The Morning Show star added that the cast "basically grew up together" during their rise to fame. "We're each other's fall guy because the world was happening. We were exploding, and that kind of notoriety was sudden," she said. "And we were in these four walls doing the show, and this insanity is happening. And thank God we had each other, because we really couldn't talk about it outside. It was before social media, so we still had some sanity."