Lisa Kudrow ‘struggled’ to play Phoebe in Friends

The Friends actress has revealed that she had a crisis of confidence during season three — until her co-star Matt Le Blanc brought her to her senses...

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Friends star Lisa Kudrow has revealed that she ‘struggled’ with playing Phoebe during the early seasons of the hit comedy series.

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Kudrow, who played the kooky masseuse in the much-loved sitcom, said that she initially felt that she had “tricked” execs into hiring her for the part — and needed a sit-down chat with co-star Matt Le Blanc (who played Joey) to convince her otherwise.

“I had played dumb girls for sure, but it wasn’t really me. I feel like, s*** I tricked them,” the actress revealed on the YouTube series Hiking with Kevin. “At the audition I feel I was the only one who could cope with the audition process and that’s how I got it I think.

“I had to work hard at being Phoebe, then third season in I was struggling so much. And Le Blanc was like, ‘What’s going on with you?’ and I was like, ‘I don’t think I have it. I don’t know what I’m doing’. He said, ‘You’re her, relax, you got it, you’ve been doing this f****** character for three years. You’re working too hard, that’s your problem. You don’t need to work as hard.'”

The cult series followed six friends living in New York over a decade and also starred Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry,

Aniston, who played Rachel, recently told Ellen DeGeneres that she would be open to a reunion episode with the old gang.

“I would do it,” Aniston said. “The girls would do it. And the boys would do it, I’m sure.”

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