Lisa Kudrow Says She Felt ‘Like A Mountain’ Next To Her Friends Co-Stars

Lisa Kudrow has opened up about struggling with body image while working on Friends.

The actress, who played Phoebe on the show recently did an interview on WTF with Marc Maron, where he asked if she ever got so thin that people thought she was ill.

“Unfortunately for a woman, if you’re underweight, you look good and that’s all I ever got,” she said.

Of course, the language around beauty and size is slowly but surely improving, but in the early nineties it seemed that one type of body shape was allowed on tv.

The star also opened up about the impact being underweight had on her, saying: “When I was too thin, I was sick all the time.”

She explained that part of her body struggles stemmed from the fact that she was taller and ‘bigger’ than her co-stars who played Rachel and Monica.

“I was skinny on purpose, for sure, because you see yourself on TV and it’s that, ‘Oh my God, I’m just a mountain of a girl,'” she said. “I’m already bigger than Courteney [Cox] and Jennifer [Aniston]. Taller, bigger, my bones feel bigger. I just felt like this mountain of a woman next to them.”

Lisa added that there is thankfully a movement now that embraces more than one body type, saying: “Now there’s a whole body image thing, where all body types are represented everywhere.”

While Friends first aired 25-years ago, the 55-year-old said that she still struggles with body image issues.

“I see a roll on my stomach, and I do the whole battle, I’m like ‘so what’, but I feel like I don’t deserve to be seen by anybody,” she admitted.

She added that she now tries to change her mindset: “I just go, alright, so what. I have a whole battle all the time. I end up with, ‘So what? So, alright. You’re older. That’s a good thing. Why is that a bad thing?'”


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