In the heartfelt finale of The Comeback‘s second season on Sunday, we finally saw Valerie Cherish (Lisa Kudrow) put her personal relationships ahead of her career just as she was about to receive the professional validation for which she was always so desperate.
In an interview with E! News, Kudrow revealed why that final scene made her “physically sick” to the point that it had to be accomplished in one take – as well as the difference between roles for women in TV versus Hollywood.
“That final scene in the hospital um, something weird happened,” said Kudrow. “That was our last night. I felt ill. And I don’t usually somatize things I think I did. I had to get out of there.”
The extent to which the final scene affected Kudrow, however, had its silver lining: “I didn’t have to say goodbye, because I had to get out of there,” she told E!, adding that she “definitely got sick in the car.”
For the record, while HBO has yet to green-light a third season, Kudrow is on board – “I would love to do more.”
When asked about Hollywood’s treatment of women as “whores or furniture,” the former Friends actress thinks that the situation has improved “in TV, definitely. There have always been roles for women in TV. And women who are the leads of shows. Always. In TV.”
Addressing the Sony cyber attack, Kudrow revealed that she doesn’t see the treatment of women as an “industry conspiracy” so much as individual problems that some – like Paulie G (Lance Barber) – have against women.
“Recently I was hearing that Jennifer Lawrence was paid the least of any of the men [in American Hustle]. Does that mean Amy Adams, too? Why does that happen? Those women are not the draw? People are coming to see Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale? I mean, if that’s a fact then that’s a fact, but is that a fact? I guess is my question.”