Cole Sprouse Had A Crush on Jennifer Aniston While Filming 'Friends' | Screen Tests

Everyone knows Cole Sprouse for his longstanding role on the Disney Channel series ‘The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,’ but not everyone realizes that he was also on another hit show: ‘Friends,’ as Ross’s son, Ben. He was only eight years old when he and his twin brother, Dylan, portrayed the part, but that didn’t stop him from crushing on co-star Jennifer Aniston. In his first Screen Test, Sprouse talks about growing up in Hollywood, going to college, and his most memorable birthday.

Released on 7/25/2019

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Starring: Cole Sprouse

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00:00
[Interviewer] What was your favorite birthday?
00:01
22 years old, I hired three clowns
00:03
to go and drink with me and my friends around LA.
00:06
[interviewer laughing]
00:07
Yeah.
00:08
Hands down.
00:09
Well, first it was just going to be one clown,
00:10
and then he invited his clown buddies.
00:14
There was Laughy Pants,
00:16
who was kind of like a ring-a-ling circus clown.
00:19
Rex the Impossible, who was kind of a dime-and-penny,
00:22
down-on-his-luck clown.
00:24
And then Golden Tulips,
00:26
who was kind of like a sassy loudmouth clown.
00:29
And the agreement between my friends and I
00:31
was we'll go out and drink with them,
00:33
but none of us can acknowledge that they are clowns
00:35
or they have to pay the bill for the entire night.
00:38
So we just bought 'em free drinks and had fun
00:40
and they were doing like, tricks and stuff
00:42
that we couldn't really acknowledge.
00:44
And we brought them to this bar.
00:48
I think it was Davey Wayne's or whatever it was in LA.
00:52
And we had three clowns in there,
00:54
and the manager came up and goes,
00:56
hey, you guys gotta go, you gotta go.
00:58
And we were like, why, we're not doing anything.
00:59
We're just drinking with clowns.
01:01
And he goes, no, you guys gotta go.
01:02
You're killing the vibe, is what he told us,
01:05
which was the most LA thing ever.
01:07
And in the back of my mind I'm thinking,
01:08
well, we are the vibe, I brought three clowns to a bar.
01:12
That's the vibe now.
01:14
That's the vibe.
01:15
And then Golden Tulips ended up knowing the manager,
01:17
and I guess had maybe once like, known him intimately.
01:23
She got us another hour, but then they kicked us out
01:25
so we went to the jazz bar across the street
01:26
and they loved us.
01:27
[interviewer laughing]
01:29
And that was probably my best birthday.
01:37
My name is Cole Sprouse.
01:39
The thunder is din after I say my name.
01:41
I actually paid a guy to do that.
01:42
To be honest, I can't remember
01:44
the first thing I auditioned for.
01:45
I was eight months old when I started.
01:48
I'm an identical twin, and so identical twins
01:50
work really well in the industry
01:51
when they're babies 'cause of child labor laws.
01:55
Exploiting those child labor laws,
01:57
so they just switch us out.
01:59
And then I just kept working.
02:00
My first gig was a diaper commercial.
02:02
I cannot find the diaper commercial, which is a shame.
02:05
So anyone who's watching this,
02:07
if you guys can find it, help me out.
02:10
I was a baby.
02:11
So I remember nothing from that age.
02:16
But I do remember as time went on and I continued to act
02:19
eventually a kind of self-awareness kicked in
02:22
and I started to question the fact that I was working.
02:25
But I always had seen the entertainment industry
02:28
as more of a business pursuit than a passion pursuit.
02:31
So it took me awhile to redefine that to myself.
02:34
We've switched places many times,
02:36
but if you spend about an hour with my brother and I,
02:40
it's quite easy to tell us apart.
02:42
So we don't really get away with it too often.
02:45
We actually do have identical voices.
02:48
That's probably the most identical part about us.
02:50
Even the intonation with which we speak
02:52
and where we place syllabic emphasis
02:55
and basically the entire way that we speak is identical.
02:59
And that's probably the most difficult,
03:01
the most identical part about us.
03:04
First date.
03:06
In the back of a hearse.
03:08
[interviewer laughing]
03:10
This is a weird story.
03:12
That's where I got my first kiss, too.
03:14
Charlene.
03:15
Strange name as well.
03:17
Her father was an offbeat man.
03:19
He was an avid Hot Wheels collector.
03:22
But then he also owned a hearse.
03:24
And he was part of like this hearse club.
03:30
Which is probably where my dark sense of humor comes from.
03:33
I must've been seven, and Charlene and I
03:37
and her father went to this hearse gathering
03:40
[interviewer laughing]
03:42
in like a park where he and his hearse buddies were there
03:46
and we sat in that area of the casket.
03:50
And we pulled open the curtains and we're making like,
03:55
scary ghoulish faces out the window to passing cars,
03:57
which we thought was hilarious at the time
03:59
and I still think is quite hilarious.
04:01
And then we pecked on the lips
04:03
and it was just lightning in a bottle.
04:05
Yeah, I got the kiss of death.
04:07
[interviewer laughing]
04:09
I saw her for a little bit, but then we changed schools.
04:12
I remember lamenting the falling
04:14
of our relationship at seven years old.
04:17
Thinking, Charlene!
04:19
Hopeless romantic.
04:21
I often found myself head over heels
04:23
with the older women I was working with.
04:26
Which was strange.
04:28
So much so that I couldn't look 'em in the eyes
04:31
for certain scenes, which, of course,
04:33
was a deeply upsetting thing to the director.
04:35
I remember falling in love with the woman
04:37
who played Adam Sandler's love interest in Big Daddy.
04:41
That was the first one.
04:43
Joey Lauren Adams.
04:44
And then Jennifer Aniston, Friends,
04:47
when I was working on that.
04:49
I played Ross's son, Ben.
04:50
[Interviewer] Oh right, you were Ross's son.
04:52
Oh yeah, I mean, in Big Daddy I was six.
04:54
I couldn't explain why I was just infatuated,
04:58
'cause they were beautiful, of course, too.
05:01
At six, I didn't really have
05:03
the greatest emotional connection to them.
05:06
I decided to go to college for a couple reasons.
05:09
One of them was to prove to myself
05:12
that I could study another discipline.
05:14
To socialize myself, because I was pretty reclusive
05:16
from the industry as a child.
05:18
And to give myself a break from the entertainment industry.
05:21
I had worked for all 18 years of my life,
05:24
so I hadn't really immersed myself
05:26
into a greater social context.
05:28
And I studied archeology when I was in school
05:31
and I traveled around the world for that.
05:33
And this is gonna sound a bit more strange,
05:36
but you develop a moral sickness
05:39
when you're in front of a camera for a long time.
05:42
The act of performance
05:43
is an incredible experience and it's really nice.
05:46
But the part of the industry that's fascinated
05:48
with celebrity and idolatry and that part of the industry
05:51
and the publicity and all that can be dangerously validating
05:55
especially for young men, and so I found myself
05:59
needing to detox from a lot of that.
06:01
I think when I was younger there was a desperation
06:04
to be perceived as mature, which a lot of child stars have.
06:08
And many of us try to give the audience
06:11
an image of our maturity through a couple ways,
06:16
whether it's drug use or displays of sexuality
06:19
or whatever it is, we try to show the audience
06:23
that we are mature, that we're fully realized adults
06:26
or that we're after puberty,
06:28
we've gone through the same blah blah blah.
06:30
But I had sort of figured that going to school
06:32
would be another good way of showing that,
06:34
'cause after four years in an educational institution
06:37
and a diploma, well, you done it.
06:40
And I was fascinated with archeology
06:43
and I traveled the world doing that
06:45
and the lifestyle was beautiful and romantic
06:47
and I got to excavate real archeological treasure,
06:51
which was truly the most euphoric experience of my life.
06:54
So I didn't really think of returning to acting at all.
06:58
And then it sort of, the winds took me back.
07:01
The first thing I did when I returned was Riverdale.
07:04
That was done.
07:05
But I said if I don't book something,
07:08
I am not going to be returning, and I booked Riverdale.
07:12
Restarting the career, I mean,
07:13
that was, it was certainly complicated.
07:16
It was kind of like returning to an old lover.
07:18
But as an adult, I had much more agency.
07:21
I was in control of my own career
07:24
and I was able to bring a passion to it
07:27
and redefine it from a business
07:29
to a pursuit of passion, which was really special.
07:33
And I also had no expectations.
07:35
And then all of a sudden it became
07:36
this kind of overnight success.
07:38
Again, I had entered in with fresh eyes.
07:41
The nature of the industry, it changed quite a bit
07:43
since I was on Disney Channel,
07:45
because social media had become
07:47
this incredibly prevalent thing for celebrity culture,
07:50
and there was a much closer connection
07:52
between an audience and a person of recognition.
07:55
Which was an interesting dynamic
07:58
that I had never really had before.
08:00
I had sort of stayed off social media for a long time.
08:02
And I was never big on the selfies.
08:04
It was a complicated return.
08:06
I fell in love with it again.
08:08
I questioned the nature of celebrity a lot,
08:10
the celebrity culture outside of the act of performance.
08:14
I tried to disguise myself
08:16
with super long hair, a pube-y mustache.
08:20
In university I had even longer hair.
08:22
It was probably down to here.
08:23
I loved it.
08:24
Mhmm.
08:25
Yeah, it was comforting.
08:26
I kept eating it.
08:28
By accident.
08:29
[interviewer laughing]
08:31
Favorite Halloween costume?
08:33
When we were super young, we were like,
08:35
matching costumes, not by choice.
08:37
Which was horrible.
08:39
But my favorite costume was I built for myself in college,
08:43
it was much more like a cosplay than it was a costume,
08:46
but it was Link from The Legend of Zelda.
08:49
[Interviewer] Really? Which was one of my favorite
08:51
games growing up, was Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask.
08:56
I was a Zelda fanatic.
08:57
I got real chain mail and a metal sword.
09:00
On the internet.
09:02
I mean, c'mon.
09:03
You can get anything on the internet.
09:04
And definitely full chain mail.
09:06
But then I also thought out, like,
09:07
oh I'll have full chain mail in case this,
09:10
the apocalypse hits and the water wars
09:12
really start coming about and you never know.
09:14
[Interviewer] What's your secret skill?
09:16
What are you good at that we'd be surprised to know
09:18
you're good at besides archeology,
09:20
which is pretty surprising.
09:22
I can do the cherry stem,
09:24
but that's not like a secret skill.
09:26
I think that was just something we did in elementary school
09:28
to prove that we were good kissers.
09:30
The secret skills, because I'm tied
09:33
so into American culture now I've found a way
09:36
to monopolize and make money off it.
09:39
[interviewer laughing]
09:41
[Interviewer] So tell us about the essential oils.
09:43
How did that start?
09:44
I just have a stupid Instagram bio.
09:47
And I sort of always think it's funny
09:50
when people are like, oh, these essential oils.
09:53
Or like, your rising moon sign
09:55
or whatever the hell people in LA talk about.
09:59
So I was like, that's me.
10:01
On Instagram.
10:02
But before it was DM me your credit card info,
10:06
which was shocking how many people
10:09
sent me their credit card info.
10:11
[Interviewer] You got people to send you
10:12
their credit card information for essential oils?
10:14
Yeah, you wanna make some money, kids?
10:16
[Interviewer] You could've made a lot of money.
10:17
You wanna make some money?