Lisa Kudrow Got Real About Body Image And Said It Was "Jarring" To Watch Herself On "Friends" For That Reason

    “At first, I thought, ‘Oh, ’cause they know, like, tailoring, so they can discuss it with the costume designer about where, exactly, to take something in.’”

    This story contains discussion of body image issues.

    You know Lisa Kudrow.

    Closeup of Lisa Kudrow

    And you've probably watched her plenty of times alongside her costars on the classic TV sitcom Friends.

    The cast of "Friends"

    During a recent appearance on the Popcrushed podcast, Lisa talked about how watching herself alongside her Friends costars Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston ultimately led to her dealing with some body image issues.

    Closeup of Lisa Kurdrow

    Lisa explained how she had previously felt "confident" about how she looked until she began appearing on the show. “It wasn’t until Friends that I realized, ‘Oh, I don’t look like I thought I looked.’”

    Closeup of Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, and Lisa Kudrow

    “And that’s what was so jarring, and that’s when it was like, ‘Oh, I’ve got to actually lose weight? I have to diet? Shoot,’” she remembered thinking at the time.

    Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston, and Courteney Cox

    "At first, I thought, ‘Oh, ’cause they know, like, tailoring, so they can discuss it with the costume designer about where, exactly, to take something in,’” Lisa continued, before explaining that when they attended a fitting together, she realized they were just different.

    Screenshot from "Friends"

    “That’s when I would see, ‘Oh, OK, it’s not just about tailoring.’ You know? I’m not trying to say I was overweight, either. I just had no idea the shape of my actual body.”

    Screenshot from "Friends"

    Lisa also explained how she was eventually able to move past her own body image issues, stop comparing herself to others, and just embrace who she is.

    Screenshot from "Friends"

    “I just realized, ‘Oh no — it’s OK,'" she explained. "'This is just what I look like. That’s OK. Do what you need to do to be healthy, but this is your body, and it’s OK.’”

    Closeup of Lisa Kudrow

    Listen to the entire podcast here.

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