Jennifer Coolidge Revealed Details About Her Cameo On "Friends" And It Sounds Less Fun Than You Might Imagine

    "The vibe was pretty serious. I don’t think they wanted my input, and I could really feel that."

    Over its 10-year run, Friends had many amazing celebrity guest appearances.

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    From Brad Pitt to Reese Witherspoon, Bruce Willis, Christina Applegate, Freddie Prinze Jr and Winona Ryder, their cameos contributed to some of the most iconic episodes of the show.

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    And one such famous guest actor was Jennifer Coolidge, who appeared as Amanda Buffamonteezi in Season 10.

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    You'll probably remember her as the obnoxious former friend of Monica and Phoebe who had moved to the UK and developed a fake British accent.

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    When she announced she was back in New York, Monica and Phoebe tried, unsuccessfully, to avoid her.

    Coolidge's character was part of a subplot about how Phoebe once tried to "phase out" Monica from her life, but I think the most memorable scene from the episode was Amanda dancing for a horrified Chandler.

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    Well, 16 years on, Coolidge has opened up about her experience on the show. And it seems less enjoyable than you might have imagined.

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    Speaking to Metro, Coolidge revealed that she found the whole experience "intimidating", despite knowing Lisa Kudrow beforehand.

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    She said: "I have to say, I was kind of intimidated, even though I knew Lisa because she was in a comedy group. But I didn't know the rest of them, and I was very intimidated because they were all so attractive and had it going on."

    Coolidge went on to say that although she was a comedic actor, none of her lines were ad-libbed, and claimed the showrunners weren't keen on hearing her ideas for the character.

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    Coolidge explained: "Sometimes I think people want to hear my ad-libs when I get on a show, and they really don't. Sometimes I come in and throw some lines, and they come up and say, 'You know, Jennifer, we're just going to stick to the script.' That was a serious show."

    "The vibe was pretty serious," she continued. "I don’t think they wanted my input, and I could really feel that…sticking to their own stuff. So I didn’t have the guts [to push]."

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    Coolidge went on: "The only thing I improvised was they wanted me to dance awkwardly, so I felt like I had a natural ability to dance that way. I think that was the only time they didn’t give me direction; they wanted me to say the lines and call it a day."

    She added that while everyone was "nice and friendly", there was a "seriousness" on set which made her think: "I'm just going to do my little part and I'll be in my dressing room."

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    Coolidge's comments come just a year after Kathleen Turner — who played Chandler's father in several episodes — spoke out about her negative experience when she guest-starred on the show.

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    Speaking to Vulture, Turner said: "I didn't feel very welcomed by the cast. I remember I was wearing this difficult sequined gown — and my high heels were absolutely killing me. I found it odd that none of the actors thought to offer me a seat."

    "The Friends actors were such a clique — but I don’t think my experience with them was unique," she went on. "I think it was simply that they were such a tight little group that nobody from the outside mattered."

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    You can read Jennifer Coolidge's full interview here.

    Ellie Woodward is Celebrity and Entertainment Editor for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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