Cole Sprouse recalls being 'infatuated' with Jennifer Aniston on 'Friends' set (Exclusive)

Cole Sprouse is reflecting on his time on Friends!

On Thursday, ET's Keltie Knight caught up with the Riverdale actor at the premiere of his latest flick, Five Feet Apart, and he discussed his role on the iconic sitcom, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in September. Sprouse played Ross Geller's (David Schwimmer) son, Ben, in the series from 2000 to 2002.

"I remember a lot. I remember being infatuated with Jennifer Aniston," he admitted of the actress, who played Rachel Green, Ross' on-again, off-again love interest on the show. 

"I remember as a kid being quite intimidated 'cause it was, at the point that I had stepped on, it was a really well-oiled machine and it was a bunch of older actors and I was the youngest actor there," he continued. 

"But I remember everyone treating me so kindly. I mean truly," he added. "And getting to meet a lot of cool people behind the scenes."

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FRIENDS -- 'The One with the Truth About London' Episode 16 -- Aired 2/22/2001 -- Pictured: (l-r) Cole Sprouse as Ben Geller, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
385848 23: Actors Cole Mitchell Sprouse (Big Daddy) as Ben and David Schwimmer as Ross Geller star in NBC's comedy series 'Friends' episode 'The One with the Holiday Armadillo.' Ross has Ben for the holidays and decides that this season, they will celebrate Chanukah instead of Christmas. (Photo by Warner Bros. Television)
FRIENDS -- 'The One with the Truth About London' Episode 16 -- Aired 2/22/2001 -- Pictured: (l-r) David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Cole Sprouse as Ben Geller, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FRIENDS -- 'The One with the Truth About London' Episode 16 -- Aired 2/22/2001 -- Pictured: (l-r) David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Cole Sprouse as Ben Geller (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
385848 22: Actors Cole Mitchell Sprouse as Ben, Matthew Perry (Santa) as Chandler Bing and David Schwimmer as Ross Geller star in NBC's comedy series 'Friends' episode 'The One with the Holiday Armadillo.' Ross has Ben for the holidays and decides that this season they will celebrate Chanuka instead of Christmas. When ben is disappointed, both Chandler and Ross set out to make the season bright. (Photo by Warner Bros. Television)
FRIENDS -- 'The One That Could Have Been: Part 1/Part 2' Episode 15/16 -- Aired 02/17/2000 -- Pictured: (l-r) Cole Sprouse as Ben Geller, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FRIENDS -- 'The One with the Holiday Armadillo' -- Episode 10 -- Aired 12/14/2000 -- Pictured (l-r): Cole Mitchell Sprouse as Ben Geller, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
FRIENDS -- 'The One with the Truth About London' Episode 16 -- Aired 2/22/2001 -- Pictured: (l-r) Cole Sprouse as Ben Geller, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Now that he's all grown up, Sprouse is a heartthrob himself in the role of Jughead Jones on The CW's Riverdale, and on Thursday night, he and his co-star and real-life girlfriend, Lili Reinhart, made a rare red carpet appearance.

The 26-year-old actor also spoke to ET about his latest movie, Five Feet Apart, which also stars Haley Lu Richardson. The film follows Sprouse and Richardson, a pair of teenagers with life-threatening illnesses who fall in love in the hospital.

"The most important thing about this movie is that it's bringing awareness to cystic fibrosis, which is a rather underrepresented disease," Sprouse said of the disease that both teenagers have in the movie. "I think also it's really a movie about hope. It's no new thing, the star-crossed lover motif... I think the fact that we can utilize it and and take this narrative and and find an ability to bring awareness to cystic fibrosis through that star-crossed lover narrative is something important for me."

Sprouse also had glowing words for the film's director, Jane the Virgin's Justin Baldoni.

"He's the reason I signed on in the first place. His passion, his knowledge about cystic fibrosis was the most reassuring thing about the process," Sprouse said. "It's easy within a movie like this, and within Hollywood in general, to sort of over romanticize something that can be incendiary... a disease or an illness that real people live with, and a real community of people live with." 

"You need to trust the director, and you need to trust that we all have the same mission statement, and you need to be able to make sure that once you wipe your hands clean of the set, which is really the only thing you can do as an actor, the post production cycle is gonna honor what you did," he continued. "I felt full trust in Justin."

Five Feet of Part hits theaters on March 15.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 07: Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse attend the premiere of Lionsgate's 'Five Feet Apart' at Fox Bruin Theatre on March 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 07: Lili Reinhart (L) and Cole Sprouse arrive at the premiere of CBS Films' 'Five Feet Apart' at the Fox Bruin Theatre on March 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: Lili Reinhart (L) and Cole Sprouse speak onstage at the 'Riverdale' special video presentation and Q&A during Comic-Con International 2018 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 12: Vanessa Morgan, Lili Reinhart, Madelaine Petsch, Camila Mendes, KJ Apa, Cole Sprouse and Mark Consuelos attend FOX's Teen Choice Awards at The Forum on August 12, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Fox/Getty Images for FOX)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 12: (L-R) Vanessa Morgan, Madelaine Petsch, Camila Mendes, KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse and Mark Consuelos of 'Riverdale' accept the Choice Drama TV Show onstage during FOX's Teen Choice Awards at The Forum on August 12, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: Lili Reinhart (L) and Cole Sprouse speak onstage at the 'Riverdale' special video presentation and Q&A during Comic-Con International 2018 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: (L-R) Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse, Casey Cott, and Ashleigh Murray speak onstage at the 'Riverdale' special video presentation and Q&A during Comic-Con International 2018 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: Cole Sprouse, Camila Mendes, Casey Cott, Madelaine Petsch, KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Charles Melton and Vanessa Morgan attend The CW Network's 2018 upfront at The London Hotel on May 17, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The CW)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)
Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart arrive for the 2018 Met Gala on May 7, 2018, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. - The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute. The Gala's 2018 theme is 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 04: Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse are seen on April 04, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG022/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 04: Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse are seen on April 04, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG023/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: (L-R) Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart, Casey Cott, Camila Mendes and Ashleigh Murray attend the Teen Choice Awards 2017 at Galen Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: Cole Sprouse (L) and Lili Reinhart attend 'Riverdale' special video presentation and Q+A during Comic-Con International 2017 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
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