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'Friends': Lisa Kudrow Shares What "Phoebe Buffay" Would Be Doing In Quarantine

May 15, 2020 - 20:43 / Hayley Paskevich

In a new interview, Lisa Kudrow has revealed what she thinks her character from Friends, "Phoebe Buffay", would be up to while in isolation. Find out what she said!

Lisa Kudrow has thought about what "Phoebe Buffay" might be up to these days while everyone is quarantined at home! As Entertainment Tonight reports, in a new interview with The Sunday Times, Kudrow reflected on how she thinks "Phoebe" and her husband "Mike Hannigan" (Paul Rudd) would be occupying their time.

"I feel like if they’d had kids she would be militaristic about creating art," she said of her character from the iconic sitcom. "So their place would be overrun with huge, outlandish projects." Kudrow shared that she herself is spending her quarantine with her husband Michael Stern and their son Julian in Los Angeles.

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Lisa Kudrow attends the LA special screening of Annapurna Pictures' Booksmart on May 13, 2019.

Kudrow shares she's "really looking forward to" Friends reunion 

Kudrow expressed her gratitude towards living where she does during isolation. "We have fortunate circumstances here, though," she admitted. "I don’t have complaints. [Before the pandemic] I would spend weekends never leaving my house anyway, which to me was heaven." 

She also opened up about the upcoming Friends reunion, which was originally supposed to debut on HBO Max this month before production got put on hold due to coronavirus. "No audience has seen us together since the show was over," Kudrow said. "We will reminisce, talk about what was going on behind the scenes."

"It’s not us playing our characters. It’s not an episode. It’s not scripted. It’s six of us coming together for the first time in I don’t know how long." Kudrow went on to share her excitement for the unscripted special reunion. "I am really looking forward to it, because I think that I remember things, but then I talk to Matt [LeBlanc] or Jennifer, and they remember everything," Kudrow continued. "It’s really fun." 

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Lisa Kudrow attends the Who Do You Think You Are? FYC event on June 5, 2018.

Kudrow says Friends would "be completely different" were it today

Kudrow said that part of the reason she's excited for the reunion is that in her mind, "Friends has been nothing but good." But even though she has fond memories of her time on the hit sitcom, she said that if the show were to be made today, many things would "be completely different." 

"It would not be an all-white cast, for sure. I’m not sure what else," Kudrow admitted to The Sunday Times. "But, to me, it should be looked at as a time capsule, not for what they did wrong. Also, this show thought it was very progressive. There was a guy whose wife discovered she was gay and pregnant, and they raised the child together? We had surrogacy too. It was, at the time, progressive."

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As for why Friends' popularity has endured over the years, Kudrow says that nostalgia is a key factor. "Yes, it’s a fun comedy, but it’s also about people connecting, and part of what appeals about it now is that young people have this unconscious nostalgia for personal connection," she explained. "And not just right now during the pandemic, but before that."