I Felt ‘Awkward’ With Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox on ‘Friends’
Lisa Kudrow hasn’t always felt like the star she is.
The actress shot to fame on the 1990s sitcom “Friends.” Still, she couldn’t help but compare herself to co-stars Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston.
During a recent interview on the ‘Podcrushed’ podcast, the ‘Easy A’ actress, 59, recalled feeling ’embarrassed’ during costume fittings with her castmates at the time – because clothes looked better on them.
“Seeing me on the show and seeing me dressed up and seeing Courtney and Jennifer, I thought, ‘Oh, they know tailoring so they can talk to the costume designer about where exactly to take it. “” she told “Podcrushed” welcomes Penn Badgley, Nava Kavelin and Sophie Ansari.
Kudrow played the iconic Phoebe Buffay for 10 seasons in the NBC comedy from 1994 to 2004.
“I’m not trying to say I was overweight,” the mother-of-one added. “I wasn’t. I just had no idea what my actual body shape was.
When Kudrow hit her 40s, she learned to accept her body for what it was. “It’s okay. That’s what I look like,” she conceded.
The ‘Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion’ star reiterated that her goal in Hollywood isn’t to become a Marilyn Monroe bombshell.
She went on to explain that she originally hoped to establish herself as a “character actress” in show business. “You don’t go for romantic comedies, the romantic lead — you don’t do that,” she said of herself. “It’s not a fun role for you anyway, so stop it. It’s okay, you can look good the way you are.
Kudrow went on to explain how the pressure to look a certain way in Tinseltown is all “in your own head”.
“You do this to yourself,” she said. “Nobody needs you to be Tom Cruise or as famous as Tom Cruise. For me, back then, it was Julia Roberts or Meg Ryan. Nobody demands that of me.
This isn’t the first time Kudrow has addressed body image issues while starring on the sitcom. She revealed on a 2019 episode of the “WTF with Marc Maron” podcast that she had suffered from body dysmorphia.
“You see yourself on TV and it’s ‘Oh my God, I’m just a mountain of girl’…I’m already bigger than Courteney and Jennifer, like my bones look bigger,” he said. she declared.
The Emmy winner admitted that the desire to be slim for the camera almost consumed her – literally.
“I just felt like this mountain of a woman next to them,” Kudrow said. “Unfortunately for a woman, if you’re underweight, you look good. When I was too skinny, I was sick all the time, a cold, a sinus infection, I was always sick.
She’s since found her way behind the camera, serving as executive producer of “Who Do You Think You Are?”, a recently relaunched reality series that delves deep into the celebs’ ancestral roots.