Who is Lisa Kudrow's husband Michel Stern? 'Friends' star loved him from the time he dated her roommate

Lisa Kudrow harbored one-sided feelings for Michel Stern who used to date her French roommate. But as luck may have it, their paths crossed six years later and the rest is history

                            Who is Lisa Kudrow's husband Michel Stern? 'Friends' star loved him from the time he dated her roommate
Lisa Kudrow was crushing on husband Michel Stern arrive long before they got married (Getty Images)

Lisa Kudrow's 'Friends' character Phoebe Buffay was unlucky in love for a long time and didn't have a serious boyfriend for the majority of her life until she met Mike Hannigan who she married. However, in real life, Kudrow manifested her relationship with the man of her dreams and what started as a one-sided love affair resulted in their 26-year-old marriage which is still going strong. 

Kudrow met her husband Michel Stern in the '80s. She was living with her French roommate who was dating Stern at the time. She was all in, from the moment she laid eyes on him. However, she was super polite and when she saw him with her roommate, she just went, 'Well, he's the perfect man and it's all ruined because now they're together and I can't [make a move].'" So how did the two end up being together? Continue reading to know more about Stern and his relationship with 57-year-old Kudrow. 


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Lisa Kudrow and Michel Stern at the premiere of "Showtime" at the Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, Ca. Monday, March 11, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

Who is Lisa Kudrow's husband Michel Stern?

Michel Stern, 63, is a French-American advertising executive and businessman. He had just immigrated to the US and didn't know a lot of people at the time. Stern and Kudrow's first meeting was at the latter's home where he dropped by to pick up the actor's roommate for a date. Stern introduced himself to Kudrow and since then she had been crushing on him. 

Kudrow knew that flirting with him was not the right thing to do but every time she saw him, she went, "'Well, that's it, there he is.'" But she quickly gained control of her emotions fearing that people would know she liked him. 'When he'd come to pick her up, he'd say, 'Oh, hello Lisa' and I'd say 'Hi' and I'd go and leave the room and he thought I was a freak," she explained in an interview with Daily Mail in 2015.

Actress Lisa Kudrow and husband Michel Stern arrive at the Los Angeles Film Festival Premiere of "Happy Endings" at the Mann's National Theatre on June 26, 2005 in Westwood, California (Getty Images)

Her roommate and Stern broke up after two and a half months of dating each other but continued to remain friends. They all moved ahead and in different directions in life only for Kudrow and Stern to bump into each other six years later at her former roommate's birthday party and the rest is history. Speaking about her marriage with Stern, Kudrow said, "We’re committed to our marriage working. It turns out after you have a history, there’s such a bond, and love takes another shape. But, oh, I don’t want to jinx it—I’m superstitious!"

The couple got married on May 27, 1995, and before tying the knot, they understood that they weren't promising to stay in love forever but instead, they were promising to work out whatever issues might crop up in their relationship down the line. She said, being married or in a relationship didn't mean one has to lose their independence. Their wedding was held at Malibu, California, the USA in front of close family members and friends. Their wedding was officiated by a Jewish priest. Among the attendees were Lisa’s fellow cast members of the sitcom Friends like Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston, and Matthew Perry. 

"[Michel and I] respect each other's independence, and I don't mean that as a euphemism. I don't mean relationshipwise outside the marriage. Clear? But I don't like to travel. So if he wants to go on a golf trip, he goes. I think people get in trouble [when they assume they're] supposed to be one unit, in sync about everything. [Marriage] is like being on a team. Each teammate is different, but you have the same goal," she said.

Michel and Lisa are parents to son Julian, who born on May 7, 1998. Lisa became pregnant when she was shooting for the fourth season of 'Friends'. Then, the writers portrayed her pregnancy in the script. While she was pregnant with her son in real life, she was shown as the surrogate mother brother Frank and his wife Alice in the series. She gave birth to triplets in the series and Julian in real life.