Lisa Kudrow Calls Nose Job at 16 "life altering"
While other kids were out getting their driver licenses when they were 16, Lisa Kudrow did something else "life-altering": She got a nose job.
The "Web Therapy" star recently turned 50 and opened up about childhood and young adult events that affected her.
The nose job "was life-altering," Kudrow told Lawrence Grobel in the Saturday Evening Post. "I went from, in my mind, hideous, to not hideous. I did it the summer before going to a new high school. So there were plenty of people who wouldn't know how hideous I looked before. That was a good, good, good change."
The "Friends" star, who went on to win an Emmy for supporting actress in 1998, explained that she was isolated in junior high after her two best friends said they didn't want to be friends with her anymore.
"It was just mean. And all of junior high felt upside down to me," she said. "It was not, like, the nice people who were popular; it wasn't the most entertaining people -- it was the meanest people who were popular. We were reading 'Macbeth' at the time, and I remember the three witches: 'What's fair is foul and foul is fair.' That's all I could hear in my head during that whole period. When my friends dropped me, I was asking my parents, 'What did I do?'"
Kudrow's sister -- seven years her senior -- rescued her.
"She did, definitely. Unbelievable of her too, because I was 13 and she was 20," she said. "She would find out when our half-days were, when everyone would go out to lunch and I would have no one to eat with. She would pick me up and take me to lunch. That's extraordinary to me. It was just very generous of her to be so sensitive and aware, even though there was nothing anyone could do."
"I had always thought that fame would give you permission to lighten up on yourself. If everybody else likes you, you could finally have permission to love yourself. It's not true," she said.