LOS ANGELES — Lisa Kudrow doesn’t share W.C. Fields’ ill feelings about working with children and animals. On the contrary, she signed on for the new PG-rated comedy "Hotel for Dogs” with her little boy Julian in mind. "A big part of it was so that my son could see me in a movie,” the tall, blond, green-eyed actress said in an exclusive interview with The Oklahoman last week at the W Hotel. "I mean, he’s a boy, and really not old enough. Now he’s 10, so he might get interested in ‘Friends,’ but really kind of too young still. "He’s not a ‘Romy and Michele’ audience member,” she said, referring to "Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion,” an R-rated 1997 comedy she did with Mira Sorvino. "So, this was really the first movie that he could see that I’m in, so he was really excited for me to do this.” The family-themed comedy/adventure stars Emma Roberts and Jake T. Austin as recently orphaned siblings living with a pair of self-centered foster parents, Lois and Carl (Kudrow and Kevin Dillon), who care more about making it as rock stars than the care and feeding of their young charges. They have a strict no-pets rule, so the kids must keep their perpetually hungry Jack Russell terrier, Friday, hidden in an abandoned hotel, where other homeless pooches also have taken shelter. Being a dog owner (toy poodle) as well as a mother, Kudrow had no problem working with kids or the 50 highly trained canine actors who appear in the film. But she did have her limits. When it came to shooting a scene where Friday sneaks into the kitchen behind Lois’ back and licks a spoon — which Lois also licks moments later, unaware of dog germs — director Thor Freudenthal wanted to capture it all in one shot. This, of course, would have required Kudrow to lick dog slobber for real. "And no,” she said. "I had to put my foot down. I had to be difficult. He said, ‘Well, I would do it. If you want, I’ll do it.’ And I said, ‘Well, you can do whatever you want.’ I’m not that kind of actor that says, ‘Well, the director’s doing it so I’m gonna do it.’ No. We didn’t fight. It was all very amicable.” In fact, the whole experience was a lot of fun, she said, working with Don Cheadle, who plays a social worker, and Roberts, 17, who has a bright future in acting, according to Kudrow’s predictions. But Dillon was the most fun of all. "Kevin’s hilarious,” she said. "Everything he says is just hilarious. ... There’s so much intention behind everything he says. It’s really funny. Yeah.” Kudrow should know funny, having trained with the L.A.-based Groundlings comedy improv group after graduating from Vassar with a degree in psychobiology. She spent 10 seasons on the NBC hit sitcom "Friends” as ditzy folk singer Phoebe Buffay, winning an Emmy and a Screen Actors Guild award for her efforts, plus dozens of other nominations. And she’s especially proud of her short-lived 2005 HBO comedy series, "The Comeback,” which she co-created and produced through her company, Is or Isn’t Productions. There have been some impressive dramatic turns as well, in "Wonderland,” "Happy Endings” and last year’s "Kabluey,” for which she received a Satellite Award nomination for best actress. But to Kudrow, funny comes first. "I feel like comedy is definitely more challenging,” she said. "And it’s fun. It is. I mean there are so many different shades of comedy, and you have to kind of hit exactly the right note.” Just don’t ask her to eat anything with dog saliva on it. "They lick their feces,” she said. "I mean, don’t you want to avoid feces? In your mouth? I think you do.” Travel and accommodations provided by Dreamworks.