She took a character who could have been borderline annoying and two-dimensional and made her a real standout (Picture: Getty)
If the enjoyable yet over-stuffed Friends Reunion taught us anything, it’s that Lisa Kudrow remains a God-tier legend.
Yes, more important than the tidbits about Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer’s real crushes, Matt LeBlanc’s new status as everyone’s favourite uncle, or… er… finding out David Beckham’s favourite episode(?), was the welcome reminder – if one was even needed – that the Phoebe Buffay actress is still the one you’d most like to have round for dinner.
That infectious laugh, that quick wit, that grounded personality… not to mention the fact that those table read scenes proved she’s a strong contender for the greatest actor of the bunch.
Across Friends’ 10 years on air, she took a character who could have been borderline annoying and two-dimensional and made her a real standout – and on top of that, she’s done some of the most interesting work since it ended in 2004.
Of course, all of its stars are marvellous: the show succeeded because all six leads knew their way around a punchline, and generally speaking they all made their respective characters warm and likeable and easy to root for.
As well as that, they’ve all done great stuff since: among other things, Matthew Perry wrote a play and worked as both an actor and producer on The Odd Couple, Courteney Cox fronted another long-running comedy in Cougar Town, Matt LeBlanc hosted Top Gear and won a Golden Globe for Episodes, and David Schwimmer – in addition to finding success behind the camera – was massively acclaimed for his role in The People v. O. J. Simpson.
I’m sure I don’t even need to go into everything Jennifer Aniston has achieved; becoming a bona fide box office megastar with multiple hit movies under her belt, plus deserved plaudits for her recent return to the small screen in The Morning Show – complete with a season finale that reminded us just how phenomenal she can be with the right material.