Why Lisa Kudrow Hated Her Role in ‘Friends’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay on NBC

Lisa Kudrow hated being on Friends? What occurred, was she requested to sing “Smelly Cat” one too many instances? The reply to each of these questions isn’t any. She reunites along with her Friends buddies pretty recurrently, corresponding to when Jennifer Aniston joined Instagram. She performed “Smelly Cat” with Taylor Swift throughout one in every of her concert events, so it’s not the track — it’s the position of the evil twin Ursula that Kudrow disliked. 

Who was Phoebe Buffay?

Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay on NBC's 'Friends.'
Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay on NBC’s Friends. | David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

Phoebe Buffay (Kudrow) obtained into the group of the six principal buddies as a result of she had been Monica’s (Courtney Cox) roommate earlier than Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) was. Phoebe was additionally a musician at Central Perks, which gave rise to that track about pungent felines. She gave off the air of being a ditz, though she wasn’t a idiot. 

All the chums obtained into romantic entanglements, typically with one another. Late within the present’s run, Phoebe and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) resolve to decide on a blind date for one another. Phoebe holds up her finish of the deal, however Joey forgets till the final minute, hooking her up with Mike Hannigan (Paul Rudd). Phoebe and Mike later married. 

Kudrow obtained the half on Friends as a result of the producers favored her work as Ursula on the present Mad About You with Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt. Indeed, they favored it a lot that that they had Kudrow play each roles on Friends. And that’s the place Kudrow obtained uncomfortable. 

Why did Lisa Kudrow hate Ursula? 

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Kudrow didn’t appear to hate Ursula per se, as a result of in any case, Ursula landed Kudrow a really profitable gig. However, in response to Entertainment Weekly, Kudrow didn’t like bringing Ursula into Friends

“Lisa really did not have a good time doing them. She did not like acting with a double, and in a way she might have made it more difficult for herself because her double was her actual sister, [Helena],” stated govt producer Kevin S. Bright. “I think feeling the [stress] she put her sister into by being the double was more in her head at the time, so those scenes were a little bit tricky to shoot.”

Bustle put collectively a Venn diagram evaluating and contrasting the 2 Kudrow characters. They had extra variations than similarities, with Phoebe being successful and likable, whereas Ursula may very well be abrasive and off-putting. Where they overlapped was twin sisters, daring profession selections, comparable style in males and “Crazy family history perfect for Oprah.”

Lisa Kudrow has a profitable profession

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Kudrow gained a number of awards for taking part in Phoebe, together with an Emmy, two Screen Actors Guild awards and an American Comedy Award. This was largely as a result of Phoebe was essentially the most outwardly comedian of the chums, however she caught a effective balancing act by not equating humorous with dim-witted. 

Kudrow has gone on to make use of her comedian skills in lots of different motion pictures and TV exhibits, the place she fairly often is the funniest particular person within the room. Some would argue that career-wise, Kudrow is essentially the most profitable of the Friends solid, along with her comedian timing being in excessive demand. 

And she’s not at all times taking part in one other model of Phoebe. She paired ideally with Mira Sorvino in Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion, and she or he most not too long ago had a small however memorable flip within the acclaimed comedy Booksmart as Kaitlyn Dever’s overeager mom. 

Kudrow is aware of solely too nicely her epitaph will most likely say Phoebe someplace on it, and she or he’s completely OK with that. The actress instructed The Guardian: “It’s not irritating. It was my job to make people believe that I was that person. It’s unconscionable to me to want to remove myself from Friends. It gave me every single opportunity. I appreciate it every single day, I promise.”

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