Lisa Kudrow misses out on a Friends reunion as she heads out for dinner with husband


Lisa Kudrow missed out on reuniting with her Friends co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox as she headed out for dinner with her husband Michel Stern in Beverly Hills on Thursday. 

The actress, 59, who played Phoebe Buffay in the hit sitcom, enjoyed a meal at legendary seafood restaurant Avra, while over in Malibu, Courteney rang in her 59th birthday. 

Courteney marked her special day with a low-key affair at the Californian private members club, surrounded by her close pals, including best pal Jen. 

Over in Beverly Hills, a make-up free Lisa was pictured heading home dressed in monochromatic black from head to toe, with the exception of a patterned black and white scarf.

The former Friends star had been enjoying a meal at the seafood eatery with her husband Michel, a French advertising executive to whom she has been married almost 30 years. 

Busy: Lisa Kudrow missed out on reuniting with her Friends co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox as she headed out for dinner with her husband Michel Stern on Thursday

Busy: Lisa Kudrow missed out on reuniting with her Friends co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox as she headed out for dinner with her husband Michel Stern on Thursday

Exuding elegance: The actress, 59, who played Phoebe Buffay in the hit sitcom, enjoyed a meal at seafood restaurant Avra, while over in Malibu, Courteney rang in her 59th birthday

Exuding elegance: The actress, 59, who played Phoebe Buffay in the hit sitcom, enjoyed a meal at seafood restaurant Avra, while over in Malibu, Courteney rang in her 59th birthday

Celebrating: Courteney  rang in her 59th birthday with Jennifer Anniston as they headed out to Soho House in Malibu

Celebrating: Courteney  rang in her 59th birthday with Jennifer Anniston as they headed out to Soho House in Malibu

The pair, who have a son called Julian together, seemed to be in high spirits as they left the famous venue, known for its seafood and salads.

Its menu boasts ‘freshly caught whole fish flown in daily from Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Florida, and New Zealand’ which is served up by the pound. 

The mouthwatering delicacies are then ‘charcoal grilled with olive oil, lemon, sea salt, saffron, and mustard’, while sashimi is also on offer.

Lisa had previously stated she’s a million miles apart from her friends character Phoebe.

Phoebe was a devout vegetarian who refused to eat ‘anything with a face’, but it seems that, in real life, she and her husband are partial to a seafood snack. 

Despite swearing off meat, however, Friends fans might remember that Phoebe struggled to control her cravings for beef lasagne – especially when pregnant. 

Meanwhile, the real-life Lisa revealed she has been mocked for her unusual taste for McVitie’s chocolate biscuits – her ‘favourite breakfast’.

‘I got made fun of once – I was at a craft service table and I said, “Oh, they’ve got tea. Oh, I should bring my digestive biscuits!”‘ she joked in an interview with CNN.

Lisa recently revealed her feelings about reuniting with her former Friends castmates for a HBO Max special, describing the experience as ‘thrilling’ and ’emotional’.

Back in the day: The girls have stayed close over the years

Back in the day: The girls have stayed close over the years 

I'll be there for you: The original Friends cast back in 1995, with Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, and Matt LeBlanc (L-R)

I’ll be there for you: The original Friends cast back in 1995, with Matthew Perry, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, and Matt LeBlanc (L-R) 

She also disclosed that she’d initially wanted to play Rachel instead of her own character, but was rapidly rebuffed.

‘When I first read the script, and was going to be auditioning for Phoebe, I saw [the pages for] Rachel, and just went, “Oh, that’s like a Long Island JAP,”‘ she told E! News.

She added: ‘That could be hilarious. I can identify with that more!’, but was told: ‘No, no. Phoebe!’



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