‘Friends’ Star Lisa Kudrow Felt She Was More Fit to Play Rachel on the Show

Friends icon Lisa Kudrow fancied a completely different role before she was cast as Phoebe Buffay.

Joining The Late Show with Stephen Colbert this week, the actress recalled: “When I first read the script and I was going to be auditioning for Phoebe, I saw Rachel and I just went, ‘Ooh, that’s like a Long Island JAP [Jewish American Princess]. That could be hilarious!’

“I can identify with that more. But they said, ‘No, no, Phoebe.'”

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Coincidentally, Kudrow took a Buzzfeed quiz to find out which Friends character she most resembled, and the result mirrored her original instinct.

“I thought I was answering questions that would bring me to Phoebe,” she said. “Favorite color? Yellow! Who would you want to be on a date with? SpongeBob! Then it just said ‘Rachel.'”

Jennifer Aniston might have something to say about that.

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Meanwhile, the Phoebe star also addressed the upcoming Friends reunion show, which’ll premiere on HBO Max next week (a UK release date is TBA).

“[It had been] 17 years since our last show,” she told Colbert. “And we haven’t all been in the same room in like 5 or 6 years, then COVID delayed this whole thing so much it was thrilling and a little emotional – and they rebuilt all the sets.

“I think we were meant to be excited about seeing the set, and everyone was but me because I wanted to see people.”

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