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Who is Julian Murray Stern? 'Friends' star Lisa Kudrow's son once thought Jennifer Aniston was his mother

'He got a little confused. I know that he really was obsessed with Jen... at home, she’d be on TV, and he’d go, ‘Mommy!'' Kudrow said
UPDATED MAY 17, 2021
Julian Murray Stern is apparently not a fan of 'Friends' (Instagram/@juls_magewls)
Julian Murray Stern is apparently not a fan of 'Friends' (Instagram/@juls_magewls)

When discussing hit American sitcom 'Friends' on Conan O'Brien's talk show 'Conan' on Wednesday, May 12, Lisa Kudrow revealed a detail about her son, Julian Murray Stern. Julian, 23, used to be obsessed with Jennifer Aniston, her co-star on the show, according to the actress.

She also took to her Instagram handle to shower wishes on her son on his graduation. She captioned it, "Happy proud HAPPY. And a little crying. By me not him.. @juls_magewls.” In the adorable picture, Kudrow can be seen hugging Stern, who is wearing a graduation cap and gown. Here's what you need to know about Julian Stern.


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Who is Julian Murray Stern?

Julian Murray Stern is the only son of Lisa Kudrow, according to AllVipp. Kudrow married Michael Stern in 1995 and the couple had their first child on May 7, 1998. During the fourth and fifth seasons of 'Friends', the actress was expecting Julian. Kudrow's pregnancy was written into the fourth season of 'Friends', with her character, Phoebe, surrogate mothering triplets for her younger half-brother Frank (Giovanni Ribisi) and his wife Alice (Debra Jo Rupp).

The 23-year-old attended Crossroads in California for high school. He now holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California. Kudrow used her Instagram account to give her best wishes to her son on his special day.


He's not a 'Friends' fan

Despite having a famous mother, Julian is not a fan of his mother's work. While he respects and admires her work, Lisa Kudrow recently revealed in an interview with OK! Magazine that her son is not a fan of her work and that they don't talk about 'Friends' very much. "He’s been thrilled about certain things I’ve done, but he’s not a fan of mine and I don’t want him to be," Kudrow said, according to AllVipp.

The 'Romy and Michele's High School Reunion' star confirmed that her son was not a fan of 'Friends' during a 2014 Jimmy Kimmel interview. As the host stated that children aren't really interested in their parents' professions, the actress pointed out that Julian, then 16, was interested in "everybody else."


Julian thought Jennifer Aniston was his mom

Talking to Conan, Kudrow said her son hasn't seen all the episodes of 'Friends'. “I know for a while, in school, people were watching it. And he kind of felt like he had to, so that he can participate in what everyone else was watching. And he did really think that everybody else was very funny on the show," she said according to E! News.

When O’Brien mentioned that it was typical kid behavior to not be impressed by their parents, Kudrow said: “He got a little confused. I know that he really was obsessed with Jen. He’d fly into her lap. Well, she’s a love bug, and that made sense. And I was always glad for anyone that Julian felt love for and felt from. But then at home, she’d be on TV, and he’d go, ‘Mommy!'”


He didn't want a sibling

Julian also made it clear that he wanted to be an only child. According to The Things, Kudrow told Page Six: "[Julian] made it clear from the moment he could speak that he didn't want a brother or sister." It just worked out that way anyway but she jokes that granting his wish was her gift to her son. “To this day, he'll say, 'Thank you.'"

During Bethenny Frankel’s eponymous talk show, the executive producer of the TV docuseries 'Who Do You Think You Are?', Kudrow said that being the only kid has its consequences. She joked: "He alone will have to deal with his parents when they're old."

Aryan Khan and Stern were classmates

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan's son Aryan Khan were enrolled in the same course at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and graduated together. The two are now graduates of the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cinematic Arts, Film and Television Production course. Julian earned his degree along with the class of 2021, while Aryan received his degree with the class of 2020. The USC School of Cinematic Arts is regarded as one of the best schools in the United States for studying cinema. Khan previously mentioned that Aryan was interested in working behind the camera, but his acting ambitions remain unknown.