Here's what Janice from 'Friends' looks -- and sounds like -- today

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Here's How Janice from 'Friends' Looks , and Sounds, 12 Years After the Show Ended

Oh. My. God. Could this be any more exciting?

Janice is arguably one of the most memorable characters from Friends and now, more than 12 years after the beloved sitcom said goodbye, actress Maggie Wheeler is opening up about her iconic role. For the record, Wheeler sounds nothing like her Friends character!

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"It started out as a one-shot deal: Come do one episode. And out of that came 10 years of this extraordinary, joyful experience," the actress, now 55, said on Australia's This Morning on Monday.

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FRIENDS -- Season 6 -- Pictured: (l-r) David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Ellen DeGeneres turned down the role of Phoebe.
Tea Leoni was the first choice for Rachel, but turned it down.
Elizabeth Berkley auditioned for Rachel, too.
Eric McCormack auditioned for the role of Ross a few times.
Jon Favreau was offered the role of Chandler, but turned it down.
Jon Cryer almost auditioned for Chandler, but his audition tape got to executives too late.
Hank Azaria auditioned for Joey several times.
Lisa Kudrow beat out Kathy Griffin for the role of Phoebe.
Kudrow also beat out Jane Lynch.
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Though Wheeler wasn't one of the main stars on the show, she appeared at least once during every season of Friends.

"It was always a surprise that she continued to have a life on the show and I was always thrilled that the writers decided to bring me back," Wheeler continued.

Janice's memorable laugh was borne out of Wheeler's need to find a way to react to Friends star Matthew Perry, aka Chandler Bing, with whom she had the majority of her scenes.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 31: Actress Maggie Wheeler attends the 10th Anniversary of What A Pair! Benefit Concert at Saban Theatre on May 31, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
Maggie Wheeler and Daniel Borden Wheeler seen at Open Road Presents the World Premiere of "Mother's Day" at TCL Chinese Theatre on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Hollywood. (Photo by Steve Cohn/Invision for Open Road Films/AP Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Actress Maggie Wheeler attends the International Myeloma Foundation's 7th Annual Comedy Celebration Benefiting The Peter Boyle Research Fund hosted by Ray Romano at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre on November 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for IMF)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 31: Actresses Maggie Wheeler (L) and Kathleen Whilhoite perform onstage during the What A Pair! Benefit Concert to support breast cancer research & education programs at the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute in Beverly Hills, CA. on May 31, 2014. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
SHAKE IT UP - 'Twist It Up' - CeCe and Rocky help Mrs. Garcia (played by Maggie Wheeler) throw her daughter Dina, Deuce's girlfriend, a birthday party. At the party, Ty teaches Adam to dance to help win over the matriarch, Mrs. Garcia. Meanwhile, Flynn and his friend Buddy ward off an evil robot, in a new episode of 'Shake It Up,' SUNDAY, JULY 10 (8:35-9:05 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. (Photo by Eric McCandless/Disney Channel via Getty Images).BELLA THORNE, MAGGIE WHEELER, ZENDAYA
SHAKE IT UP - 'Twist It Up' - CeCe and Rocky help Mrs. Garcia (played by Maggie Wheeler) throw her daughter Dina, Deuce's girlfriend, a birthday party. At the party, Ty teaches Adam to dance to help win over the matriarch, Mrs. Garcia. Meanwhile, Flynn and his friend Buddy ward off an evil robot, in a new episode of 'Shake It Up,' SUNDAY, JULY 10 (8:35-9:05 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. (Photo by Eric McCandless/Disney Channel via Getty Images).ADAM IRIGOYEN, AINSLEY BAILEY, BELLA THORNE, ZENDAYA
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 08: Actresses Maggie Wheeler (left) and Kathleen Wilhoite perform at the 'What A Pair! 6' - a celebrity concert benefiting The John Wayne Cancer Institute at St. John's Health Center held at The Orpheum Theatre on June 8, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
Arden Kaywin, Julia Fordham, Rosa Blasi, Maggie Wheeler and Kathleen Wilhoite at the The Willtern/LG Theatre in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Alison Buck/WireImage)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Dyeing Is Easy, Comedy Is Hard' Episode 14 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jim Hanna as Wayne, Maggie Wheeler as Polly, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Greg Vaughan as Cute Guy (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
ELLEN - 'The Mugging' (originally shot in 1993 but never aired) - Airdate: May 21, 1996. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) HOLLY FULGER;ELLEN DEGENERES;MAGGIE WHEELER
THESE FRIENDS OF MINE (A.K.A. ELLEN) - 'The Refrigerator' - Airdate: August 9, 1994. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ELLEN DEGENERES;HOLLY FULGER;MAGGIE WHEELER
THESE FRIENDS OF MINE (A.K.A. ELLEN) - 'The Promotion' - Airdate: April 20, 1994. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ELLEN DEGENERES;HOLLY FULGER;MAGGIE WHEELER
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"The laugh happened organically in the first rehearsal because I needed to find a way to laugh because Matthew Perry is so funny," Wheeler revealed. "And working with him, I knew right away. I thought, 'This guy's going to make me laugh on set. I gotta be prepared, what am I going to do?'"

"So I created Janice's laugh as a safety measure for when Matthew made me laugh," she added.

Wheeler honed in on one specific moment when she knew she was a part of something special.

"The second time they called me," she said. "They wrote such a great second episode and I thought, 'Oh, I think we're onto something here.'"

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When asked about the possibility of a Friends movie in the future, Wheeler was diplomatic in her response, but did seem to leave the door open should that ever come to fruition.

"A lot of people ask and I'm sure a lot of people would love it. That part's out of my control," she said. "I don't know what the future holds but wouldn't it be fun? It'd be great fun."

Recently, Perry and Matt LeBlanc dished on having a mini Friends reunion on CBS, where they both star on half-hour comedies and film on the same lot in Studio City, California.

"I've already seen Matty," Perry, star of The Odd Couple, told ET earlier this month. "I've already bumped into him twice!"

"It's funny to see him on a lot and not run lines with him," LeBlanc, who stars on the upcoming Man With a Plan, told ET. "It's just strange for me. It's like, 'What scene are you -- why are you out here? Oh no, no, no, you're on a different show now!' That was 20 years ago, nevermind!"

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