Lisa Kudrow —who shot to fame as Phoebe in the hit TV show Friends – has opened up about her difficult teenage years, where she experienced bullying (that she says prepared her to take on her TV role) and made the decision to have a nose-job at the tender age of just 16, which she calls “life altering.”
“I went from, in my mind, hideous to not hideous,” she told The Saturday Evening Post.
“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.”
This “good change” came at a time when Lisa really needed a fresh start. The 50-year-old actress says that in junior high, her two best friends had ditched her completely – for no reason whatsoever.
“That happened in the seventh grade when we moved from sixth grade to a new school. So they knew some people, and I didn’t.
Eventually they 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 brutal. Very hard.”
She added: “It was just mean. And all of junior high felt upside down to me. It was not, like, the nice people who were popular; it wasn’t the entertaining people—it was the meanest people who were popular.”
However, thankfully, Lisa came through it all unscathed, and says she was able to draw on those experiences when she was playing Phoebe Bouffay.
“She was basically a ditzy girl who lived in a happier reality than everybody else, because everything was so gloomy around her.
That’s what I decided. And she was fearless and unapologetic.”
“Now on Twitter or Facebook I see young girls saying, ‘I identify with Phoebe because I’m different too.’ That’s nice, to think that people who don’t feel they fit in perfectly well can relate to that character.”
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