By Mary Mrad For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 05:43 BST, 17 September 2020 | Updated: 06:01 BST, 17 September 2020
Maggie Wheeler's character Janice on wildly popular sitcom Friends has one of the most recognisable voices on television.
And on Thursday, the American actress, 59, revealed the surprising reason why she changed her voice while filming the iconic series.
Maggie told News.com.au, she decided to speak differently during her audition after she was fired from her previous role on Ellen DeGeneres' sitcom called These Friends Of Mine and the casting directors were impressed.
Recognisable: Friends star Maggie Wheeler (pictured) revealed the real reason her character Janice had an iconic voice on the show
'I had been on the first season of the Ellen DeGeneres show and had a great time but when I was fired from that show, I was devastated,' she said.
She explained: 'I was so shaken by it, it was an unthinkable thing as an actor but I felt in a way liberated to do the work I wanted to do without fear or favour.'
'On any other day I might have done the Friends audition differently, but it came hot on the heels off that and I felt free and decided to do what I wanted to do on that day and