12 Celebrity Secret Geeks


2. Lisa Kudrow

Also known as Phoebe, the slightly off-the-wall musician, masseur and all-‘round crazy person in Friends, is actually very much the opposite in real life.

Lisa is a super smart geek and Vassar College Graduate with a biology degree to her name. She was romantically linked, albeit briefly, with Conan O’Brien, another celebrity geek.

The odd star from Friends was born in Los Angeles, in a middle-class Jewish family. In her bachelor years, she was a scientist doing research in biology, with plans of pursuing grad school. Kudrow is at the same time Bialik’s colleague, since Kudrow also studied neuroscience.

She returned to LA to begin working for her father, who was a world-renowned headache specialist, and whose studies were focused on hemispheric dominance and headache types. Kudrow followed in her father’s footsteps, and worked on his staff for eight years before she took a chance with an acting carrier.

Basically, she helped with her father’s research, gaining credit on his study on the comparative likelihood of left-handed individuals developing cluster headaches. She ditched the plan for doing grad research in LA in exchange for acting after she got the idea to start performing from one of her brother’s friends.

She went to an acting class where she met O’Brien. After a few minor roles on TV, she got a major role in Friends in 1994, which got her nominations for the Golden Globe and Emmy in 1998, for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

During her successful career, she has received nine Emmy Award nominations and twelve Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. This scientist/actress also got into the Guinness Book of Records in 2005, when she and her co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox became the highest paid actresses of all time. Each actress was earning $1 million per episode for the ninth and tenth seasons of Friends.

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