The iconic NBC sitcom Friends he delighted fans with a mix of humor and drama. The show was heartfelt, yet fun, with six single friends navigating their adult lives in New York City. Ross (David Schwimmer), Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Monica (Courteney Cox), Chandler (Matthew Perry), Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) were unforgettable characters.
That on-screen chemistry between the main players isn’t made up. The Friends castmates they were all close in real life and remain friendly more than a decade later. Recently, Kudrow admitted she was on the verge of leaving her career-defining role until co-star LeBlanc convinced her to stay.
Lisa Kudrow captured Phoebe̵
7;s part thanks to “Mad About You”
Friends casting agents knew Kudrow was their perfect Phoebe thanks to her work on another NBC comedy, Crazy about you. The producers knew they needed a way to explain why the same actor was in both shows, which is why they came up with the idea that Phoebe had an irreverent twin sister named Ursula.
Their ingenuity meant that Kudrow could participate in both shows without confusing fans. Kudrow allegedly disliked filming scenes with his “sister”, which included his real sister Helena as a stunt double. But fans loved both characters.
The actor felt exhausted after the third season of “Friends”
In the third season of the series, Kudrow felt a bit of a breakdown from his work on the show. It was exhausting trying to always be funny and contributing to Phoebe’s very extravagant personality.
“I had played stupid girls, sure, but it wasn’t really me,” he said during a YouTube video, according to Mirror. “I feel like shit; I deceived them. At the audition, I was the only one who could cope with the audition process and that’s how I got it, I think. So I had to work hard to be Phoebe, you know. “
His co-star Matt LeBlanc convinced Lisa Kudrow to stay
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When Kudrow thought about leaving the show, he was her colleague Friends castmate who convinced her to stay. “I was struggling so much and LeBlanc said to me, ‘What’s happening to you?'” He recalled.
“And I said, ‘I can’t, I don’t think I have it, I mean, I don’t know what I’m doing.’ And he said, ‘You’re her, relax, you understand. You’ve been doing this fucking character for three years. it’s your problem. You don’t need to work that hard. Relax. “And he was right.”
It’s a good thing LeBlanc said this, because the remaining seven seasons of Friends it wouldn’t be the same without Phoebe.
Kudrow also struggled with insecurity in “Friends”
It wasn’t just that Kudrow was tired of always trying to be funny. He also felt personal insecurity alongside his co-stars, Aniston and Cox.
“You see yourself on TV, and it’s like, ‘Oh my God, I’m just a mountain of a girl.’ And I’m already older than Courteney and Jennifer, ”Kudrow said during a podcast interview. “[I was] higher, bigger. My bones feel bigger, I felt like this mountain of a woman next to them. “
Thankfully, the actor never let those feelings get in the way of his friendship with the other protagonists. And now he has found a place of acceptance with his body image and role Friends. Eventually, it opened the door to other projects that Kudrow is proud of, including numerous Emmy wins over the years.