Lisa Kudrow on Guest Roles with Her 'Friends'
By ROBERT PACE
July 31, 2012
Lisa Kudrow has moved along from her role as "Phoebe" on the popular sitcom Friends, but she and her co-stars from the show have remained friends over the years and have played guest roles on each other's shows. While talking to The Insider about Web Therapy, Kudrow discussed guest-starring with her old friends.
"I'd say so," Kudrow replied when asked if guest-starring with her Friends co-stars has been an organic process. "There's something really nice about when Courtney (Cox) did it and then when David (Schwimmer) just did it that you're looking at someone that you've looked at for 10 years. Even though it's a different character, you're still completely confident and trustful of the other person."
Kudrow's current show, Web Therapy, originated as a web series in 2008 and was then picked up by Showtime in 2011 after much acclaim on the Internet not only from fans but from a celebrity following as well.
"We think it's fun and good and we love it...but then when you have people who like it, that's really thrilling. It's like, 'Oh, thank God! We're not alone,'' she said of the series' public reception. "Then when peers like it, that's very, very nice."
After the series finale of Friends in 2004, Kudrow mainly focused on films and limited her television appearances to voice roles on animated series. The Los Angeles native talked about the original conversion of the show from the web to the small screen.
"Without thinking, we had character arcs [and] story arcs over three sessions and then over a web season there were arcs [as well]. When we were putting it together for a half-hour format, the narrative is much more obvious," she said. "It was a lot of work putting it together but fun, fantastic work."
Web Therapy airs Mondays at 11 p.m. on Showtime.