Lisa Kudrow reached dizzying heights of fame after starring as funny-girl Phoebe in the hit TV show Friends. Although that was her first and most notable role, this queen has some serious acting chops and comedic skills, going on to star in numerous TV and movie roles.
How did she get started?
When she first got famous in the mainstream, she was playing Phoebe Buffay, writer of the “Smelly Cat” song, masseuse, and guitarist. Some of you might remember her twin sister Ursula, who went out with Joey a few times. In real life, this actress earned millions playing this role, but there are some things you might not know about the star growing up.
A nose job that changed her life
Lisa Kudrow has always spoken out about dealing with body image issues (which we’ll discuss later) but it all started with insecurities about her nose. When she was younger, she worried it was too big, and ended up getting a nose job when she was 16. To this day, she says this move gave her the confidence to pursue her career as an actress, and it positively affected her life.
Working with dad before acting
Lisa Kudrow has a bachelor’s degree in biology, and her father was a physician. Little do people know, she actually worked for him and was credited in one of his studies as one of the researchers. In the meantime, she started acting, but still remained on his staff for 8 years. She’s more Ross Geller than Ross himself, it turns out!