'I Had To Work Hard At Being Phoebe' — Lisa Kudrow On Her Friends Character

Jahnavi Patel , 16 Sep 2019
Lisa Kudrow, and Lisa as Phoebe Buffay in Friends (Source: Instagram | @lisakudrow)
Lisa Kudrow, and Lisa as Phoebe Buffay in Friends (Source: Instagram | @lisakudrow)

F.R.I.E.N.D.S is one sitcom which needs no introduction at all. It is one series which we cannot get over, irrespective of the reruns. Watching the journey of the six characters –Chandler Bing, Monica Geller, Joey Tribbiani, Pheobe Buffay, Rachel Greene and Ross Geller – living it up in New York City, is stil our favourite thing to do. And if we had to pick our favourite character, it would definitely be difficult. But Phoebe is and will always be special.

Lisa Kudrow, who plays Phoebe, makes it very tough for us to imagine anyone else in that character because she was effortless. But it’s only recently that Lisa revealed about struggling to play the part on Kevin Nealon‘s YouTube show Hiking With Kevin.

She said:

I had played dumb girls but it wasn’t really me. I feel like, ‘S**t, I tricked them in 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 at being Phoebe. In like, the third season in, I was struggling so much.

That’s when Matt LeBlanc, who played Joey Tribbiani, stepped in and helped her.

Lisa shared:

I remember Matt LeBlanc going, ‘What’s going on with you?’. And I said, ‘I don’t think I have it. I don’t know what I’m doing’. And he went, ‘You’re her, relax, you got it. You’ve been doing this character for three years. You’re working too hard, that’s your problem. You don’t need to work this hard, relax’.

F.R.I.E.N.D.S would definitely not feel the same without Lisa.

You can watch the video below:

Also, all you F.R.I.E.N.D.S fans, we have some exciting news for you all. Since the show will be completing 25 years on 22nd September, Comedy Central and Warner Bros Studios got the famous Central Perk couch to Mumbai, India. And we got to shoot something super fun, so stay tuned for that.

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