Paul Rudd made EW's It ListAge 34
Why Him? He romanced our favorite Friend, Phoebe, in the show's best plotline this season, while maintaining big-screen indie cred in Neil LaBute's ''The Shape of Things.''
...And Because He's Modest ''Joining 'Friends' was terrifying. It was a convention that I was unfamiliar with, and it was a show that the entire world was superfamiliar with. People in Bangladesh have seen it.''
Friend He'd Most Like to Date ''Gunther,'' says the hetero, but homo-friendly, Rudd (see ''The Object of My Affection'').
Okay, But Technically Gunther's Not a Friend ''Phoebe. I like her eccentricity, her free spirit.''
Worst Job Costarring in an educational film about sexual molestation. ''The director wanted to do a take where I talk about Jesus -- all of this was kept from me when I signed on. I wouldn't do it, and he threw the 'You'll never work in this town again.' I'm Jewish -- I'm not going to say that stuff.''
Influences ''I'd like to have the acting equivalent of Elvis Costello's or Tom Waits' career -- navigating a life where art and commerce don't have to go together.''
More Lowbrow, Please ''A few months ago a buddy said, 'Let's watch ''American Idol''.' I wound up almost being late for my flight. I got totally sucked in.''
Next At least five episodes of ''Friends'' in the fall.
What We'd Like to See Next A reunion with ''Clueless'' costar Alicia Silverstone on her new NBC show, ''Miss Match.'' ''Yeah,'' Rudd says. ''I'd do that.''