Lisa Kudrow says she felt like a ‘mountain of a woman’ next to her ‘Friends’ co-stars05/22/2019
Lisa Kudrow has been in the public eye for decades, but being a celebrity hasn’t always been easy.
The actress told WTF podcast host Mark Maron that during the production of “Friends,” she felt extra pressure to be thin.
Though she’s since made peace with aging, she said that she had been self-conscious acting alongside Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston, who are shorter than she is.
“My bones feel bigger. I just felt like this mountain of a woman next to them,” she explained. “Unfortunately for a woman, if you’re underweight, you look good and that’s all I ever got. And when I was too thin, I was sick all the time — a cold, a sinus infection, some kind of flu. I was always sick.”
Kudrow, 55, starred as Phoebe Buffay on “Friends” for 10 years and famously negotiated a $1 million per episode salary by banding together with her five co-stars. The actress told Maron that she’s still being paid for her work on the sitcom, which is now streaming on Netflix and airing in syndication around the world. She’s also stayed friendly with Cox and Aniston, as well as her other co-stars David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc.
“We had dinner [at Aniston’s home] a couple years ago — everybody — for the first time since we were finished,” she said. “We just laughed! it was really fun.”
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