In her starring role as the unconventional Phoebe Buffay on the hit sitcom Friends, Lisa Kudrow ignored social conventions. Phoebe captivated with extravagance and a healthy dose of self-confidence. In real life, however, her body positivity was less good, as Kudrow now divulged in the podcast "Podcrushed".
The 59-year-old told how her body image changed during the shooting of the hit series. "I thought I was just really skinny and that I could do anything. It wasn't until 'Friends' that I realized I didn't really look like what I thought I looked like," the actress said. "It was so upsetting and I was like, 'I really need to lose weight? I need to go on a diet? Oh no.'"
The colleagues were to blame for the fact that Kudrow suddenly saw himself with new eyes – unintentionally. Because Kudrow compared himself to them. "It was just the fact that I saw myself on the show, that I saw myself in outfits and Courteney and Jennifer in outfits." Her co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox (58), who were "like sisters" to her, then accompanied her to dress rehearsals and gave her advice.
"But I quickly realized that it wasn't just about the right clothes. I won't say I was overweight. I just had no idea of the actual shape of my body." She didn't really accept her body until she was in her forties. "I was like, 'It's okay. This is what I look like,'" the actress said. "I said to myself, 'Do what you have to do to be healthy, but your body is fine like that.'"