Where Did Courteney Cox And David Arquette Meet?

Diehard "Friends" fans still remember tilting their heads in confusion at the opening credits of "The One After Vegas," the premiere of Season 6 that aired on September 23, 1999. That one time, all the cast members had "Arquette" added to their names. So, in that episode, Rachel Green was played by Jennifer Aniston Arquette, Joey Tribbiani by Matt LeBlanc Arquette, and so on. "Friends" creators were known for injecting internal jokes and references into the beloved sitcom and that's what they did here. 

Since the episode dealt with the aftermath of Rachel and Ross's drunken wedding in Las Vegas, it seemed appropriate to reference the real-life wedding that had taken place between Seasons 5 and 6, as Screen Rant explained. In June 1999, Courteney Cox and David Arquette wed in San Francisco, according to People. Thus, while her fellow cast members returned to their previous names in the opening credits, Monica Geller continued to be played by Courteney Cox Arquette.

Cox and Arquette filed for divorce after 13 years of marriage in 2012, which was finalized in 2013, as the Los Angeles Times reported. However, the couple had separated in 2010 amid some pretty blunt and personal insinuations made by Arquette, according to Us Weekly. In an interview with "The Howard Stern Show" shortly after, Arquette said Cox was tired of his eccentricities, which appealed to her in the mid-1990s when they first met. Keep reading to learn where Arquette charmed Cox with his colorful personality. 

Courtney Cox and David Arquette met on set

Courteney Cox and David Arquette met like a lot of people do: at work. In 1996, the actors were cast in the slasher film "Scream," providing not only heightened recognition for both, but also the set on which they fell in love, as Cox said on "Good Morning America" in 2011. In a 2009 interview (via Digital Spy), Arquette said he fell for Cox fast after meeting her at a party before filming began. But, aside from some flirting, she seemed uninterested. He had to work hard to land a date. However, Cox admitted she was "intimated" by Arquette. "He has lived many, many lives I think. He is a worldly boy. He has done more things in his young years than I have in my whole life," she said.

The "Scream" films continued to mark milestones throughout their relationship. As Cox joked on "Good Morning America," they "fell in love on the first," "hated each other on the second," and married shortly before the third, which came out in 2000. "Scream 2" was released in December 1997, less than a year before Arquette asked Cox to marry him, according to People. The hating-each-other phase couldn't have lasted long. "Scream" marked another point in their relationship when the fourth installment came out in 2011, a year after they separated. In the "GMA" interview that year, Cox joked about the coincidence. "Oh yeah. He's on Howard [Stern] right now."

Inside David Arquette's infamous interview about Courteney Cox

David Arquette is well-known for his colorful personality, playing pranks on co-stars and not having a filter on interviews, as The Guardian noted. He was still all that in 2010, when he separated from Courteney Cox, who is much more reserved, per Harper's Bazaar. In an infamous interview on "The Howard Stern Show," Arquette aired dirty laundry on their issues, including their sex life. Arquette told Stern that Cox felt she had become a mother figure in his life. "I do s**t that makes her embarrassed sometimes. And when I met her 16 years ago that was charming, part of the aspect she fell in love with. [But] that stuff starts getting old," he said.

Cox responded to the remarks with grace and humor. In an interview on "Good Morning America" the following year, she said Arquette was just being himself. "He's a showman. He knows what he's doing ... David's got such a big heart. Even if he says things that's like, 'Wow, really, you told the whole world?' It's all right. I don't know why. I just don't have any problem with it," she said. 

Their differing personalities had always been evident, but they complemented each other for a long time, as "Scream" director Wes Craven told People: Arquette "brought a lot of excitement and a kind of mad whimsy to her life, and she brought a rootedness and a great amount of wisdom and love into his."