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Lisa Kudrow Says 'Friends' Wouldn't Have 'An All-White Cast' Today

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By Alyssa McCraw

Lisa Kudrow knows exactly what her famed "Friends" character would be doing if she were stuck in quarantine too. Kudrow, 56, portrayed the off-beat Phoebe Buffay throughout all ten seasons of the show (1994-2004).

It wasn't until late in the final season that Buffay would marry recurring love interest Mike Hannigan (played by Paul Rudd). The pair never had on-screen children - but Kudrow says that is one of many things that would likely be different if "Friends" were in production now.

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'Friends' Wouldn't Have 'An All-White Cast'

the cast of "Friends"
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"I feel like if they'd had kids she would be militarist about creating art. So their place would be overrun with huge, outlandish projects," Kudrow told "The Sunday Times" (U.K.).

In the real-life sense, Kudrow declared "it would not be an all-white cast, for sure."

"I’m not sure what else...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?"

'It Was, At The Time, Progressive'

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"We had surrogacy too. It was, at the time, progressive," she added.

In January, we reported that Kudrow's co-star David Schwimmer was also "well aware of the lack of diversity." Schwimmer, who portrayed Ross Gellar, said "he campaigned for years to have Ross date women of color."

Right now, Kudrow is happily isolating in Los Angeles alongside husband Michael Stern and their 22-year-old son Julian.

"I don't have any complaints," she said, knowing she's in "fortunate circumstances." Kudrow noted the setup isn't all that different from her pre-pandemic ways.

The Golden Globe nominee admitted, "I would spend weekends never leaving my house anyway, which to me was heaven."

The Reunion Special Is Still Happening

Matthew Perry & Lisa Kudrow
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Another pre-pandemic topic? The highly-anticipated "Friends" reunion, which was confirmed in late February.

The excited actress shared that "no audience has seen [them] together since the show was over."

"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."

As for swapping stories, Kudrow credited her costars as having better memories than her.

"I am really looking forward to it, because I think that I remember things, but then I talk to Matt [LeBlanc] or Jennifer [Aniston]** and they remember everything...it’s really fun."

'Nothing But Good'

the cast of "Friends"
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It's been more than 25 years since production began, and over 15 years since it ended - and Kudrow still thinks "'Friends' has been nothing but good."

"I don’t see a reality where 'Friends' was anything but good...it's very hard to stake your claim in this business," Kudrow added. "So anything that puts you in a spotlight where people pay attention is an opportunity."

The "Friends" reunion special was set to roll out on May 27th with the HBO Max platform. A mid-March announcement DEADLINE confirmed both releases were put on hold in response to the coronavirus pandemic. When it does launch later this year, all original 236 episodes will be included alongside the reunion special.

The report shared that HBO Max shelled out a cool $425 million to obtain the right for "Friends." The show's debut on the platform will be the first time it's been available to stream since leaving Netflix on January 1st.

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