Former "Friends" star Lisa Kudrow is enjoying a career resurgence on Showtime's "Web Therapy," and now the actress is opening up about her "brutal" experiences in junior high, a "life-altering" nose job she had at 16, and why she decided not to become a doctor.
In a new interview for the upcoming issue of The Saturday Evening Post, Kudrow, 50, recalls how she struggled making friends in school
after her two best friends suddenly dropped her.
"That happened in seventh grade when we moved from sixth grade to a new school. So they knew some people, and I didn’t," she said. "Eventually they just got tired of me being a tag-along. They said, 'For your own good, you need to see what would happen if we weren’t here.' It was really brutal. Very hard."
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Luckily, Kudrow's older sister stepped in to rescue her from being isolated in school.
"She would find out when our half days were, when everyone would go out to lunch and I would have no one to eat with," the actress recounted. "She would pick me up and take me to lunch. That’s extraordinary to me. It was just very generous of her to be so sensitive and aware, even though there was nothing anyone could do."
Kudrow also dished on the nose job she had at 16.
"That was life altering. I went from, in my mind, hideous, to not hideous. I did it the summer before going to a new high school. So there were plenty of people who wouldn’t know how hideous I looked before. That was a good, good, good change."
After high school and college, Kudrow briefly considered following her brother and father into the medical profession and attending med school, but her brother's best friend, Jon Lovitz, suggested she try improvisational acting instead. So she did.
Her iconic role on "Friends" came a few years later after a handful of small TV spots and a few film cameos. When the iconic show ended in 2004, Kudrow appeared in several more films and created "Web Therapy," which started out as an online series about a therapist who consults with clients in three-minute web sessions.
The show was later picked up by Showtime in full, half-hour episodes and is currently preparing for its third season.
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