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Lisa Kudrow discusses impact of Friends The Reunion: A little bit mind-blowing

Lisa Kudrow has returned to television comedy in Feel Good Season 2, hot on the heels of appearing in Friends reunion special episode.

By: Reuters |
Updated: June 6, 2021 8:33:41 am
Adrian Lukis and Lisa Kudrow in Feel GoodAdrian Lukis and Lisa Kudrow in Feel Good. (Photo: Netflix)

Comedic actor Lisa Kudrow has returned to television comedy in the second season of Feel Good, hot on the heels of appearing in Friends: The Reunion.

The reunion of the classic sitcom Friends cast became a hot topic on social media and saw a surge in subscriptions for the show’s platform HBO Max.

Lisa Kudrow told Reuters via Zoom she found it “a little bit mind-blowing because you don’t really fully get the impact that the show had on people internationally and the personal stories that you would hear about over the years. It’s really nice. I go to sleep now thinking ‘Ah, I did a good thing’.”

In the series Feel Good, which is entering its second and final season, Kudrow plays the mother of Mae, a non-binary comedian who is struggling with the demons of her past while trying to keep up a relationship with girlfriend George.

The first series was critically acclaimed and Mae Martin, who based the series on her own experiences, won two Royal Television Society awards for Best Writer – Comedy and also the Breakthrough Award.

“Once I was sent the script … I loved it. I loved every episode, I loved what it was about,” said Lisa Kudrow.

However, her attachment to the project meant that the Friends star would have to travel to the United Kingdom where most of the series was shot during the pandemic.

“I was anxious about it but then forgot it once I was there on their set with the COVID protocols. I felt perfectly safe,” Kudrow said.

As the show is based on Mae Martin’s own experiences, she suffered from a lot of anxiety leading up to the launch of the first series.

Martin said she’s still a little apprehensive about the second season. “It was all such an unknown with series one. I had no idea how people would feel about it … last time I was just terrified about my parents watching it but now I know they love it, that’s a huge weight off so yeah I do feel a lot less freaked out.”

Feel Good Season 2 premiered today on Netflix.

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