Lisa Kudrow had to put in some work to become Phoebe Buffay again. The 57-year-old actress appears on Friday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and reveals how she prepared for HBO Max’s recent Friends reunion.
During the special, Kudrow blew fans away when she sang her character’s most beloved song, “Smelly Cat,” alongside Lady Gaga. The epic moment wasn’t easy to pull off, though.
“That was great. I was really nervous when I first heard that,” Kudrow says of learning that she’d be singing with Gaga. “Then I prepared. I realized I had to learn ‘Smelly Cat’ again. I tuned my guitar and realized I don’t know the chords. But I Googled it! All the chords were there. Thank you, world, for posting the chords. So I learned it.”
After relearning the chords to the song, Kudrow still had trouble performing it in the moment.
“And then, my throat closed. I was so panicked. I couldn’t get anything out. I didn’t know what was going to happen,” she recalls. “But it worked out.”
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