Monica Geller
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Monica Geller

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Grew up… on Long Island, N.Y., in the neurotic Geller household, constantly bickering with her older brother Ross. Monica’s childhood seems like a past life, in part because of her obesity throughout most of high school, which shaped her entire adolescent experience. Even though she is now thin, the oversized ghost of “old Monica” still haunts her from time to time.

Living… in a Manhattan apartment she is sub-letting from her grandmother. Just about all of her friends have spent some time living in her apartment, and it’s become something like a home base for the group. Monica takes pride in her home-making skills to the point of insufferable obsession. People have moved out of her apartment because of how clean she likes things. It can especially create tension with her much more laissez-faire best friend, Rachel.

Profession… chef. It’s a perfect gig for someone as competitive, obsessive, and detail-oriented as Monica. She knows the trials of the food industry first-hand, having been on every rung of the restaurant ladder from waitress to head chef. She also brings her work home, inventing food substitutes and recipes to sometimes mixed reviews from her friends.

Interests… cleaning. Monica’s cleanliness is beyond preference – it’s a passion. O.K., an obsession. She cleans, organizes, and labels everything in her apartment. She numbers mugs to know which ones are missing. Towels are classified into 11 groups. The most frustrating thing to her friends is when she acts like she’s not obsessed, that she’s just like anybody else. As if anyone else cleans strangers’ cars on the streets.

Relationship Status… definite marriage material, though yet to be married. Monica has been close before, most notably with her ex, Richard, who was 21 years older and didn’t want (more) kids. Monica has had her share of casual flings and is ready to settle down and start a family.

Challenge… dealing with herultra-competitive streak. She is determined to win at anything and everything. Monica’s neuroses can sometimes get in the way of her and her friends’ enjoyment of the simplest things. A game of Mad Libs can end in a fit of rage. A new cake recipe can result in tears. She has to get better at tempering her sharper edges, for everyone’s sake. Though overall, she's a great friend.

Personality… energetic, hyper, and obsessive-compulsive. She’s the “mother” of the group, and like some mothers, she can be overbearing and domineering. But she can also be the level-headed practical friend, helping others through their irrational moments. Monica is loyal and caring. It’s just the little things, like the slightest mess, that can irk her in a big way.

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