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Friends wouldn't be Friends without Phoebe Buffay, let's get that straight. The iconic, quirky character always saw life through another lens, and had a neverending supply of enviable vintage rings.

But according to the actress who played the hilarious character, Lisa Kudrow, playing the role wasn't easy for her. She even needed her co-star's help to handle the pressure.

The 56-year-old comedian made her comments while hiking with Kevin Nealon for his YouTube web series Hiking With Kevin yesterday.

Kudrow is a graduate of the prestigious Vassar College, where she majored in biology. She later rose to fame with her popular, slightly ditzy role on Friends for 10 series, until 2004.

"I had played dumb girls, sure. But it wasn't really me," Kudrow told Nealon.

"I feel like s**t, I tricked them. At the audition, I was the only one who could cope with the audition process and that's how I got it, I think. So I had to work hard at being Phoebe, you know."

LeBlanc, who played Joey Tribbiani on the show, noticed something was up and gave Kudrow a much-needed pep talk.


"And then like third season in, I was struggling so much," she said. "And Leblanc was like, 'What's going on with you?' And I said, 'I can't, I don't think I have it, I mean, I don't know what I'm doing.'

"And he went, 'You're her, relax, you got it. You've been doing this f**king character for three years. You're working too hard. That's your problem. You don't need to work this hard. Relax.' He was right."

Kudrow also revealed that she has never actually watched an episode of Friends. "I should," she said. "I hear it's good."

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Anyone who's everyone watched Friends back in the day. It remains one of the most popular shows of all time, spanning 10 seasons and earning millions of viewers per episode.

The lead actors became stars overnight after the show began airing in the early 1990s, and it's no surprise they wanted to keep some mementos after a decade of working on the project together.

Lisa Kudrow has shared a photo of the gift which Matthew Perry gave her after they wrapped up filming, and it's UNREAL.


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Matthew bagged Monica's cookie jar for Kudrow, who played Phoebe Buffay on the classic sitcom. The instantly recognisable prop now sits in the star's home, where she probably puts her granny's infamous Nestlé cookies.

The 55-year-old showed the jar to her 1.6 million followers on Instagram, and Friends fans freaked out, as predicted. She captioned the snap; "My wrap gift from Matthew Perry…”ooh, look at the time, I’ve gotta go.”" BLESS HER.

Lisa had previously explained the tale behind Matthew's choice of present to Comedy Central.

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"It’s this cookie jar that was in Monica and Rachel’s apartment, and there’s a clock face on it,’ she began. "He gave it to me because… I had a scene where I was supposed to say, “Ooh, look at the time, I gotta go!”" she said.

"Well, I wasn’t wearing a watch. Because we’d rehearsed it but no one thought about it. As we were shooting, and the audience was there… it was coming up and I was like, uh oh, I’m about to say, “Look at the time.” I don’t see a watch… there’s no clock anywhere…"


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She continued the story;

"So I point to the cookie jar and say, “Look at the time, I gotta go!” So afterwards Matthew Perry went, “Did you point to the cookie jar and say ‘look at the time’?” It was the dumbest fix, so lame… and then David Crane came over and said “what are you looking at?”’

"It was so stupid of me… that’s my fix! He asked Warner Bros, he got special permission and he gave that to me." Awww, gowan Matthew. What a great pal.

Matt LeBlanc was also asked about props which he stole on the show, and he revealed he took the Magna Doodle on the back of Chandler and Joey's door for an electrician who drew the artwork for every episode;


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LeBlanc, who played Joey Tribbiani on the show, also revealed that he keeps the foosball from Chandler and Joey's foosball table in his tool kit.

We'd probably have tried to leave the show with the entire of Monica Geller's apartment and the contents of Rachel's wardrobe.

We absolutely love all of these nostalgic on-set Friends stories, give us more please?

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In a recent televised interview, Lisa Kudrow revealed that she had been subjected to misogynistic remarks while filming hit sitcom Friends.

Recalling the event while appearing on Watch What Happens Next, Lisa, who played Phoebe Buffay for ten years, explained that a guest star had obviously taken exception to her decision not to wear make-up during the show's rehearsals.

Speaking to host Andy Cohen, 53-year-old Lisa said: "I rehearsed without make-up for most of the week. And then, on show night, I'm in hair and make-up and I was told, 'Oh wow, now you're – can I say it?'"

Breaking off to check with Andy whether she should reveal the true nature of the remark, Lisa continued: "'Now you're f**kable.'

While Lisa refused to reveal who was responsible for the reprehensible comment, the actress did admit that she confided in a co-star in the aftermath.

"I told Matt LeBlanc,' Lisa laughed. 'He's like a big brother.' 

And yes, we're all racking our brains as to who would have said it…


While we know every little detail about our favourite sitcoms, we're always a little stunned when the people who actually starred in them struggle to remember past storylines or gags.

Thankfully, it looks like the good folk behind one of the biggest sitcoms of our generation ensured their cast members kept on top of things when it came to the show's trivia, and two of them went and proved it this week.

Appearing on the Celebrity Name Game, Courteney Cox tested her former co-star Lisa Kudrow on her Friends trivia, and that girl nailed it.

While the questions weren't exactly difficult – Where did they drink coffee?! Puh-lease! – the two gals gave us serious nostalgic feels about our favourite New Yorkers who shut the door on apartment 20 for the final time back in 2004.

Reunion show, anyone?



Lisa Kudrow is Taylor's latest celebrity pal to be invited on stage during her concert and we are seriously jealous we were not in the audience. 

The Friends star provided heaps of nostalgia when she appeared with her guitar to give a rendition of one of Phoebe's greatest moments. 


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The crowd was transported back to the Nineties with the duet at the sold-out concert in the Los Angeles Staples Center last night

It was completely perfect.

Lisa then took to Twitter to thank Taylor following the concert saying: "So @taylorswift13 is THE best person I've ever met. That was fun. Thanks Taylor."

Also performing with Taylor last night were Justin Timberlake and Selena Gomez, but we think this Smelly Cat rendition probably stole the show. 



This could be the most exciting news we’ve heard all day!

It looks like a Friends reunion could be on the cards, with reports claiming that Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow may be about to team up for a new project.

Everybody, calm down. Breathe!

Yes, it seems that despite how disappointing the trio’s Jimmy Kimmel sketch was, Courteney is quite keen to make it into something a bit more permanent.

“Courteney wants to direct a pilot starring herself, Jen and Lisa as middle-aged women who have kids by artificial means,” a source told Heat, adding, “They had dinner together in LA on the 23rd of September to discuss details and it went really well.”

Apparently the three actresses are “incredibly excited at the prospect of working together again”.

Our inner nineties fan girls are about to explode with happiness!

Fingers crossed this pilot will actually materialise, and we’ll have something to look forward to in between those Friends reruns. 


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