David Schwimmer is ‘very aware’ of his privilege as a ‘heterosexual white male’

David Schwimmer has revealed that he is "very aware" of his privilege as a "heterosexual white male," as the actor reflected on his successful career while starring in Friends.

Although most know him for his role as a paleontologist from New York by his character's name Ross Geller, David has recalled certain aspects of the show which didn't seem diverse enough for him.

Speaking with The Guardian, David, 53, sensationally revealed that he campaigned for the series to be more inclusive of other races.

He said: “Maybe there should be an all-black Friends or an all-Asian Friends.

“But I was well aware of the lack of diversity and I campaigned for years to have Ross date women of colour."

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He added: "One of the first girlfriends I had on the show was an Asian American woman, and later I dated African American women. That was a very conscious push on my part."

But the series was filmed before the 'woke' era of today, and many fans claim the show's storyline would have been criticised today for the lack of diversity.

The actor said: “It’s interesting also how the show handled the Judaism of the characters.

“I don’t think that was earth-shattering or groundbreaking at all, but I for one was glad that we had at least one episode where it wasn't just about Christmas."

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He added: "It was also Hanukkah and, even though I played the Hanukkah armadillo. I was glad that we at least acknowledged the differences in religious observation.”

And when asked about why he has campaigned so hard for more exclusivity on the show, David's answer was a brutally honest one.

"I’m very aware of my own privilege as a heterosexual white male whose parents were able to pay for a private education for me," he said.

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"I've always felt a sense of responsibility to give back and to call things out if I see an abuse of power.”

And when the conversation swayed towards the topic of a potential Friends reunion, David's standpoint is much different to the fans'.

He said he would love to take part in a one-off chatshow reunion with his fellow actors Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox, but David opposed to the idea of reviving their characters.

He explained: “I just don’t think it’s possible, given everyone’s different career trajectories. I think everyone feels the same: why mess with what felt like the right way to end the series?

"I don’t want to do anything for the money. It would have to make sense creatively and nothing I've heard so far presented to us makes sense.”

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