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IT 7th Friend

Paul Rudd

Paul Rudd
Image credit: Paul Rudd Photograph by Michael Lewis

Paul Rudd made EW's It List

Age 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.''

Originally posted Jun 19, 2003
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