Lisa Kudrow Revealed A Backstage 'Friends' Secret You Definitely Don't Know
By Emily Lee
August 1, 2018
This is so sweet. Lisa Kudrow revealed a backstage Friends secret you've definitely never heard before. The actress made an appearance on People's Celeb Parents Get Real segment and spoke about her time being pregnant on the set of her hit show. Fans of Friends will remember Kudrow's character Phoebe agreeing to be a surrogate for her younger Frank and his wife Alice during seasons four and five of the show. The memorable storyline was created as a result of Kudrow's real life pregnancy. Working throughout the duration of your pregnancy can be challenging, but Kudrow's cast mates always went the extra mile for her.
“The six of us would do a huddle backstage and just say, ‘All right, have a good show, love you love you love you love you.' And when I was pregnant, then they would say, ‘Have a great show, love you love you — love you, little Julian!’ Cause we knew it was a boy and that was his name,” Kudrow said of the adorable backstage moments. “So sweet, they included my little fetus in the huddle.” How cute is that?
Kudrow's son Julian Murray is now 20 years old now and Kudrow says that "nothing on planet Earth prepares you for being a mother." That may be true, but it must be a comfort to know you have the love and support of your friends. When Julian arrived back in 1998, her Friends co-stars were so thrilled for Kudrow. Matt LeBlanc, who played Joey Tribbiani on the show, told People “I’m really happy that Lisa’s baby is here. And I was just kidding about offering to babysit.” Friends executive producer Marta Kauffman shared that Kudrow “had a glorious pregnancy" and that everybody on the set "couldn’t keep their hands off her belly, but she was always a good sport about it.”
Reading about the bonds the cast forged during their time on Friends is certainly enough to make any fan nostalgic about the beloved sitcom. Many fans even hope the show will one day be revived like so many of its contemporaries, but it's pretty unlikely that will ever happen. The show's co-creator David Crane shut down all possibilities of a modern day journey to Central Perk while serving as a panelist The Wrap’s Emmy Series comedy show runners in June, saying:
Never happening. Never. We did it! It’s done. That’s why you don’t want to see more of it, because it’s all a happy ending.
Ouch. That one hurts. Kudrow, for her part, was more optimistic about the idea of a revival, though she has her own doubts. During an appearance on The Conan O'Brien Show in January, she said:
They’re rebooting everything. I mean, something should be done, but I don't know — how does that work with Friends, though? That was about people in their 20s, 30s. The show isn’t about people in their 40s, 50s. And if we have the same problems, then that’s just sad. That’s not fun.
The good news? All 10 seasons of Friends are on Netflix. Who needs a revival when you can just stream the original over and over again?