‘FRIENDS’ star Lisa Kudrow talks about who helped her get in the character of Phoebe Buffay when she was really struggling with it.
Even though Lisa Kudrow nailed the role of Phoebe Buffay, the extremely lovable yet a little ditzy, but definitely one of the most exciting characters on FRIENDS, turns out it didn’t always come very quickly to her.
In a recent episode, Kevin Nealon’s YouTube series “Hiking With Kevin” the 56-year-old actress candidly talks about how during the third season of the beloved sitcom, she really ‘struggled’ with playing the character. It was then her co-star Matt Le Blanc, who played the role of Joey Tribbiani, who helped her.
She told Nealon that she was struggling with the offbeat character. She felt like she had tricked the makers in the audition and probably could not play the role well. She reveals that she had to work hard at being Phoebe.
It was Matt Le Blanc, who came to her rescue and helped her. “I remember Matt LeBlanc going, ‘What’s going on with you?'” she recalled. She explained her problem to him, and Matt told her what she precisely needed to hear.
Kudrow recalls what LeBlanc told her “You’re working too hard, that’s your problem. You don’t need to work this hard, relax.” He reminded her that Lisa had been playing and nailing the character for three years. Kudrow accepted that he was right.
In the episode, when being asked if she saw a difference in her acting from Season 1 to Season 5, she further revealed that she had not seen the show yet.
Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc, alongside Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, and Matthew Perry spent ten years on the show. The widely loved sitcom has ten seasons and is currently celebrating its 25th Anniversary.