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Lisa Kudrow thanks the success of Friends for her new role in Netflix comedy Space Force


‘I get to only do what I want’: Lisa Kudrow thanks the success of Friends for her new role in Netflix comedy Space Force

Many A-list stars cringe when it comes to discussing the roles they played many years ago. 

But Lisa Kudrow isn’t afraid to acknowledge that the success of American sit-com Friends means she can afford to be picky about the roles she takes on in future. 

‘My success on Friends means that when I find something interesting and I think, “Ooh, I want to be a part of this”, then I can,’ the 56-year-old comedian told The Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday.   

'I get to only do what I want': Lisa Kudrow, 56, has thanked the success of Friends for her new role in Netflix comedy Space Force

‘I get to only do what I want’: Lisa Kudrow, 56, has thanked the success of Friends for her new role in Netflix comedy Space Force

Lisa, who has returned to screens in Netflix’s new comedy series Space Force, thanks Friends for helping her score the gig.  

‘You ask me if I thought a lot about whether to do Space Force or not, and I’ve always thought a lot about what I’m going to do, because Friends put me in the position where I get to only do what I want,’ she explained. 

‘I just say over and over in my head, “Thank you, Friends” all the time, because it’s allowed me so much creative and financial freedom,’ she said. 

'It's allowed me so much creative and financial freedom': The comedian isn't afraid to acknowledge that the success of Friends means she can afford to be picky about the roles she takes on in future. Pictured in Space Force with Steve Carell (left)

‘It’s allowed me so much creative and financial freedom’: The comedian isn’t afraid to acknowledge that the success of Friends means she can afford to be picky about the roles she takes on in future. Pictured in Space Force with Steve Carell (left) 

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Lisa went on to claim that it would be ‘ungrateful’ of her not to acknowledge how much Friends helped her career. 

Space Force stars The Office’s Steve Carell in the role of Mark R Naird, a general tasked with forming a space military branch for the United States.

Lisa plays his wife Maggie Naird in a recurring role.  

Quirky: Space Force stars The Office's Steve Carell in the role of Mark R Naird, a general tasked with forming a space military branch. Lisa plays his wife Maggie Naird in a recurring role. Pictured with on-screen daughter Diana Silvers

Quirky: Space Force stars The Office’s Steve Carell in the role of Mark R Naird, a general tasked with forming a space military branch. Lisa plays his wife Maggie Naird in a recurring role. Pictured with on-screen daughter Diana Silvers 

The series was created by Carell with Greg Daniels, best known for developing the American version of The Office and Parks And Recreation.

It comes after the highly-anticipated Friends reunion special’s planned air date was pushed back due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The special was initially set to air when WarnerMedia’s new streaming service HBO Max launched on May 27, but has now reportedly been delayed until late November. 

Pushed back: It comes after the highly-anticipated Friends reunion special's planned air date was pushed back due to coronavirus

Pushed back: It comes after the highly-anticipated Friends reunion special’s planned air date was pushed back due to coronavirus

The show’s six stars – Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer – will all appear in the one-hour special.  

Friends aired for 10 seasons on NBC from 1994 to 2004, and had previously been available to stream in its entirety via Netflix since January 2015. 

However, it was reported in July 2019 that HBO Max had obtained the rights to Friends, outbidding Netflix for the coveted rights. 

Iconic: The show's six stars - Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer - will all appear in the one-hour special

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Iconic: The show’s six stars – Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer – will all appear in the one-hour special



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