Lisa Kudrow Talks "Life-Altering" Nose Job: I Was "Hideous" Before

Actress reveals she got plastic surgery at 16

By Cinya Burton Oct 28, 2013 9:05 PMTags
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Well, here's something you don't hear every day: A celebrity admitting to plastic surgery!

Not only that, Lisa Kudrow—who recently revealed that she got a nose job at age 16—also says it was one of her best decisions.

"That was life altering," she explains in the November-December issue of 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."

And it came at a time when she really needed a fresh start. The 50-year-old actress says that in junior high, her two best friends just up and decided they didn't want to be pals with her anymore.

"That happened in the seventh grade when we moved from sixth grade to a new school. So they knew some people, and I didn't. Eventually they got tired of me being a tag-along. They said, 'For your own good, you need to see what would happen if we weren't' here.' It was brutal. Very hard."

She continues: "It was just mean. And all of junior high felt upside down to me. It was not, like, the nice people who were popular; it wasn't the entertaining people—it was the meanest people who were popular."

Luckily, we all know that's not the end of her story. The once loner eventually ended up starring in a TV sitcom about six BFFs. You might have heard of it, it's called Friends. And ironically, it was perhaps her tough past that gave her the ability to portray the role of Pheobe.

"She was basically a ditzy girl who lived in a happier reality than everybody else, because everything was so gloomy around her. That's what I decided. And she was fearless and unapologetic. Now on Twitter or Facebook I see young girls saying, 'I identify with Phoebe because I'm different too.' That's nice, to think that people who don't feel they fit in perfectly well can relate to that character."

Now the actress has moved on to dishing out advice on her series Web Therapy and is currently guest starring on ABC's Scandal. We bet those mean girls wish they were friends with the actress now!