Lisa Kudrow, the Friends actress who recently landed a recurring role on Scandal, revealed in a recent interview that she had a life-changing nose job when she was just 16-years-old.

Kurdrow, now 50, had a difficult time in junior high, when her friends decided that she no longer fit in with them. “Eventually they just got tired of me being a tag-along,” Kudrow told the Saturday Evening Post. “They said, ‘For your own good, you need to see what would happen if we weren’t here.’ It was really brutal. Very hard.”

“All of junior high felt upside down to me,” Kudrow continued. “It was not, like, the nice people who were popular; it wasn’t the most entertaining people — it was the meanest people who were popular.” Her parents weren’t sure what advice to give the struggling middle school student, and though her sister tried to make up for her lack friends, it was the surgery that gave Kudrow the confidence to succeed.

Fixing her nose at 16 changed her life, according to the actress. “That was life altering. I went from, in my mind, hideous, to not hideous,” Kudrow said. “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.”


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Kudrow will begin her multi-episode arc on Shonda Rimes' Scandal on Thursday Oct., 31. On the ABC political drama series, Kudrow will play Democratic Congresswoman Josephine Marcus, who hires Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope to be her campaign manager/ fixer. Marcus, who gave up a baby she had at 15, wants to make sure that piece of history never goes public – not even if it could be turned into political capitol.

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