It’s hard to imagine any of the gorgeous Friends cast members having an ugly duckling phase–even a self-imposed one. But in a recent interview with the Saturday Evening Post Lisa Kudrow, aka Phoebe Buffay, admitted to undergoing plastic surgery as a teen.
The 50-year-old actress spoke freely in the interview about being dumped by her best friends, how getting a nose job changed her life, and whether or not there will be a Friends reunion. Though she doesn’t call it bullying, the isolation she described going through in junior high is akin to what teens endure today.
“The thing I can’t forget is how I felt inside, which was miserable,” Kudrow told Parade in a 2009 interview. “There wasn’t anything really horrifying going on, I was just like, ‘I don’t fit in here, so I’ll just wait for my life to start. I’ll just have to wait a few years.’ My parents kept telling me not to worry. They were saying, ‘When you’re in college, that’s when it’s going to click.’ And they were right.”
At 16, Kudrow decided to take matters into her own hands. While she doesn’t describe being bullied for her appearance, she calls her decision to get a nose job “life altering.”
“I went from, in my mind, hideous, to not hideous,” she said. “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.”
The California native not the only Friends star to receive media scrutiny for going under the knife. Fans and critics alike have long pondered whether Jennifer Aniston had a nose job. Aniston remains vague on the subject. In a 2007 People interview, she said, “I had [a deviated septum] fixed – best thing I ever did. I slept like a baby for the first time in years. As far as all the other [rumors], as boring as it sounds, it’s still mine. All of it. Still mine.”
Nose jobs aside, perhaps the most persistent question Kudrow and her fellow Friends cast members receive is regarding a potential reunion. Kudrow’s response? “Not that I know of.”
For now, Kudrow keeps busy with her popular web series, Web Therapy. Fans can also see her on Scandal (Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC), where she is currently guest-starring as a female politician from Montana running in the Democratic primaries.