AI Friends character

An AI generated image of Jennifer Aniston as a toddler. (Credit: SWNS)

MILAN, Italy — A husband and wife team is using artificial intelligence to reimagine the characters of “Friends” — as babies! Luca and Anna Allievi recreated characters Rachel, Ross, Chandler, Monica, Joey, and Phoebe from the hit American sitcom to look like toddlers.

The couple started creating the images “for fun” while their one-year-old daughter, Celeste, was asleep. However, their hobby quickly took off on social media. Now, they’re creating realistic baby photos of everyone from politicians such as Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, to actors including Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt.

An AI generated image of David Schwimmer as a toddler.
An AI generated image of David Schwimmer as a toddler (Credit: SWNS)

“It started as a game,” Luca, a bio-technologist, tells South West News Service in a statement. “Something we did for fun. To try something different. The images are really realistic.”

“Luca has a fantastic imagination,” adds Anna, who sells parts of machinery. “It’s something futuristic. It’s evolving so fast.”

An AI generated image of Jennifer Aniston as a toddler.
An AI generated image of Jennifer Aniston as a toddler. (Credit: SWNS)

Luca first tried to recreate puppies and cats as their favorite characters before doing the same with babies.

“We have our own cats and love animals so we tried to recreate cats as characters from sagas like Harry Potter,” Luca tells SWNS.

An AI generated image of Hermione Granger as a puppy.
An AI generated image of Harry Potter’s Hermione Granger as a puppy. (Credit: swns)

The creative couple use software Midjourney to input prompts and commands to create pictures by referencing billions of images online.

“The process is not time consuming. The long part it to think about what you want,” Anna says.

“You need to use the right words in the prompt. The order of the words is important. You have to describe the person and adjust the prompts as the software evolves. It’s evolving so fast,” Luca explains.

An AI generated image of Courteney Cox as a toddler.
An AI generated image of Courteney Cox as a toddler. (Credit: swns)

The pair created prompts – instructions for the software – for descriptions of the “Friends” cast to tell the AI program to recreate them as babies. Luca and Anna have been surprised by the reaction from their followers – with many loving their “Friends” recreations.

“It’s really fun to see the reaction,” Anna says.

An AI generated image of Matt Leblanc as a toddler.
An AI generated image of Matt Leblanc as a toddler. (Credit: swns)

Their commenters online are equally impressed with the couple’s efforts. One person wrote “They are all so cute,” while another posted “They are dead on. Absolutely adorable.”

The couple take requests from their fans and have used AI to imagine baby Disney villains, Harry Potter characters, and singers. Although Anna and Luca love the technology for their artwork, they recognize the dangers of experimenting with AI.

“Sometimes it’s scary and too specific,” Anna notes.

“It can be dangerous. Some people use it for fake news,” Luca says.

An AI generated image of Matthew Perry as a toddler.
An AI generated image of Matthew Perry as a toddler. (Credit: SWNS)

The couple still creating the designs and say their daughter is their latest fan.

An AI generated image of Lisa Kudrow as a toddler.
An AI generated image of Lisa Kudrow as a toddler. (Credit: SWNS)

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South West News Service writer Emma Dunn contributed to this report.

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7 Comments

  1. Suspicious says:

    I’m in the processes of removing junk posts like this however lately it’s too much. Is this a real journalist or did ai make this post? Sigh…

  2. Abe Ali says:

    Except Joey doesn’t have green or blue eyes has black or brown eyes 👀 ????

  3. PJ London says:

    So AI believes that they were ugly babies and grew into ugly adults.
    Makes sense to me.

  4. Ruth M Hoskins says:

    What a fun project.

  5. Lp says:

    Uh these are real people they probably have baby photos already

  6. Denise says:

    The Jennifer Aniston toddler could be her daughter. She really looks like her.

  7. My2cents says:

    They should have used their stage names and using their real names they already have pics as toddlers.. and if AI knows anything Rachel had a nose job 🙄