It wasn't always so easy for Lisa Kudrow to make "Friends."
The former sitcom star opens up about her junior high and high school years in the new Saturday Evening Post -- and reveals a nose job at 16 helped her with her confidence.
"It was not, like, the nice people who were popular; it wasn’t the most entertaining people—it was the meanest people," she says of being a junior high outcast.
Calling her nose job "Life altering," Kudrow goes on to say her decision to go under the knife a "good, good, good change."
"I went from, in my mind, hideous, to not hideous," she says. "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."
You can see the Before & After above -- along with more celebrity yearbook photos.
During the interview, Kudrow also talks about the fame that came along with "Friends" -- and how she reacts to people calling her "Phoebe" on the street.
"I don’t turn around. I never turn around," she says. "If someone’s in front of me, I’ll smile and try to be nice. But I don’t like taking pictures. Autographs are fine."
"I had always thought that fame would give you permission to lighten up on yourself," the actress continues. "If everybody else likes you, you could finally have permission to love yourself. It’s not true."
Kudrow is currently doing a guest starring arc on "Scandal," airing Thursdays on ABC.
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