Friends Reunion director REVEALS Lady Gaga 'said yes in a heartbeat' to perform Smelly Cat with Lisa Kudrow

Updated on Jun 02, 2021 11:55 PM IST  |  306.2K
Lisa Kudrow and Lady Gaga performed Smelly Cat on Friends: The Reunion
Friends: The Reunion director Ben Winston feels Lady Gaga "has some Phoebe [Buffay] spirit in her."

Amongst the most epic moments from Friends: The Reunion has to be Lisa Kudrow aka Phoebe Buffay and Lady Gaga's surprise Smelly Cat duet performance; strumming the guitar together while sitting on the trademark orange couch with Central Perk's inimitable set-up. It instilled instant nostalgia and happiness amongst loyal Friends fans as Gaga went a step further and dressed like how Phoebe would in a multicoloured attire. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Friends Reunion director Ben Winston detailed how the now famous duet came along.

Shot on Day 2 of the reunion special's filming, Ben recalled telling Lisa that he "wanted a music performance" which wasn't Friends' iconic theme song The Rembrandts' I'll Be There For You. Winston had asked Kudrow "if she'd consider singing Smelly Cat." While the 57-year-old actress "thought it would be fun," she confessed that "she never really played guitar." Hence, a guitar was given to Lisa "to practice that morning." Moreover, Ben gave Kudrow "a list of three or four names" he "thought would be really great to duet with." However, for Winston, "Gaga was, without question, my number one."

Ben added, "And she loved the idea of Gaga. Because Gaga — and I don't think she’d mind me saying — has some Phoebe spirit in her. There is synergy between Lisa Kudrow and Lady Gaga in some way." As for the 35-year-old musician's response to the duet request, Winston recounted, "Gaga said yes in a heartbeat. She was like, 'I would love to perform in Central Perk with Lisa Kudrow.'"

And, that is how Lisa Kudrow and Lady Gaga's hilarious, heartwarming and overall perfect Smelly Cat duet performance came to be! Could we be any happier about this fabulously flawless crossover?!

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