Helen Baxendale is well known to fans of the series "Friends", but after the role that made her famous, she decided to retire and not live the Hollywood lifestyle. British actress Helen Baxendale became famous for her role as Emily Waltham in the popular series "Friends", but after that she seemed to disappear and few heard of her anymore.
Today, 52-year-old Helen played Ross Geller's second wife during the fourth and fifth seasons of the popular sitcom, appearing alongside David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow.
But after experiencing the fame she shared with the six main actors, she decided she didn't really want to live that kind of life because she wouldn't have any anonymity or freedom. “I think I saw where all that eventually takes you,” the 51-year-old says “Not that I was heading there at all.
But I saw those people in Friends, for example, and thought: I don’t think that life is really what I want. They were hounded. They weren’t able to walk into a supermarket and buy something”. Helen pulled out of the series earlier than expected when she revealed that she and her partner David L.
Williams were expecting their first child together. “I didn’t think what I was doing warranted it,” she says. “It wasn’t about me, it was about this..”. She hovers her hand to her side, as if drawing a separate entity with her fingers.
“This thing… this programme that I happened to be in for a few episodes. The whole thing was bonkers”. Helen, who now has a 23-year-old actress daughter, Nell, a 20-year-old son, Eric, and a 15-year-old son, Vincent, continued to play minor roles in dramas, but none brought her the fame of Emily.
I think you need a certain character to be able to deal with it”. concluded Helen, who is active in the fight for environmental protection and climate change.