Lisa Kudrow forges diverse post "Friends" career

Thu Apr 22, 2010 3:22pm EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Lisa Kudrow says she was never really cut out to play naive young women.

Luckily, she hasn't had to in a busy post "Friends" career that has seen her become a viable force as an actress and producer in television, Internet and independent film.

"Let's face it, I was never a great ingenue to begin with," said Kudrow, now 46. "I always knew I'd have to do either my own stuff or play interesting character roles."

Kudrow gained fame playing ditzy blonde Phoebe on "Friends" for 10 years. By the time the show ended in 2004, the cast was earning a $1 million dollars each per episode.

This paycheck made Kudrow and her co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox not only the highest paid TV actresses of all time but gave them the luxury of choice in the future.

"That show did nothing but afford us opportunity forever after," says a grateful Kudrow.

Kudrow's latest movie is alongside Jeff Daniels, Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone in the independent movie "Paper Man," which opens in U.S. movie theaters on Friday.

Kudrow plays the surgeon wife to her failed novelist husband (Daniels). While she's off working, her husband develops a friendship with a teenage girl (Stone). At the same time, he also gets advice from an imaginary childhood superhero (Reynolds).   Continued...

<p>Lisa Kudrow poses for photographers as she presents "Who Do You Think You Are" at the annual MIPCOM television programme market in Cannes, southeastern France, October 6, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard</p>