Lisa Kudrow poses for a portrait on July 22, 2013 in New York City.(Photo: Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY)
Lisa Kudrow, 50, has had a long and successful career. When Friends ended nearly 10 years ago, she was making $1 million an episode. Now she's got an extended guest spot on ABC's Scandal, starting tonight, and she's chatting about her career and life in the November/December The Saturday Evening Post cover story.
Some highlights from the interview:
On getting a nose job in high school: "That was life altering. I went from, in my mind, hideous, to not hideous. 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."
On experiencing anti-Semitism: "In college there was more anti-Semitism than before college, because there were people who never met a Jew before. A friend of mine, when she found out I was Jewish, said, 'Really? Oh, I don't like Jews.' "
On trying mind-altering drugs: "I never tried that stuff. Because [my father] would tell me stories of people who had smoked pot one time and they had a psychotic break and never recovered. And I thought, well, who wants to roll those dice? I don't care what the odds are. [Laughs] I don't like being altered."
On encouraging Conan O'Brien to get into the late-night talk show game: "I was very encouraging. I remember saying, 'If Letterman's leaving his late-night show, he's irreplaceable. So better it be someone we don't know at all.' So I thought he should look into it."
On getting called Phoebe, her character from Friends: "I don't turn around. I never turn around. If someone's in front of me, I'll smile and try to be nice. But I don't like taking pictures. Autographs are fine."
On fame: "I had always thought that fame would give you permission to lighten up on yourself. If everybody else likes you, you could finally have permission to love yourself. It's not true."