Cole Sprouse may have attained heartthrob status through his role as Jughead on The CW's hit teen drama Riverdale, but some people may remember him as the cute little kid who played Ross Geller's son Ben on Friends. With so many people rewatching the sitcom on Netflix nowadays, many fans have started to realize that at some point in the show Ben completely disappears, never to be seen or heard from again. During a recent "Actually Me" segment with GQ, Cole finally revealed what really happened to Ben.
When responding to a tweet from a fan asking how he felt about Ben "basically being killed off" of Friends, Cole spilled the tea on what really happened to his character. Turns out, Ross was just a really bad dad. "Critics would agree that Ross was never really the most present father," he said. "And so it doesn't surprise me too much."
Cole also revealed why he didn't share the role of Ben with his twin brother Dylan Sprouse. In their younger days, Cole and Dylan would often play the same character on shows and movies so neither twin had to work too many hours on set. For example, Dylan and Cole both starred in the Adam Sandler movie Big Daddy, taking turns filming as Julian McGrath.
"Honestly, our appearance as the same character was sort of dependent on how much screen time we had," Cole explained. "In Friends, for example, my role was not too present. They only really needed to hire one twin, because both of us were incredibly expensive," he joked.
The more you know!