It turns out serial killer Andrew Cunanan (better known as Gianni Versace’s killer) could’ve had another famous victim: Lisa Kudrow. The bone-chilling revelation comes years after the Friends actress met Cunanan at a Hollywood dinner party just weeks before he murdered Gianni. Radar reports that the now 54-year-old actress thought the late criminal was strange — but, clearly had no idea what he was truly capable of.
“Lisa told me, ‘This guy really gave me the creeps! He cornered me and wouldn’t go away! He was this intense, strange person who wouldn’t leave me alone!'” a friend of Lisa’s told the outlet. “He had this wild look in his eyes, and he kept talking and talking — about HIMSELF!” Lisa told her friend. “He told me what a great actor he would be and he dropped name after name. I was SO uncomfortable.”
Cunanan shocked the world when he murdered the late fashion designer (along with four other men) in cold blood. In 1997, he became the 449th fugitive to be listed by the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. He committed suicide later that year. His crimes are currently being dramatized in FX’s hit series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. Former Glee star Darren Criss was tapped to portray the killer on the series.
“I had a friend tell me when I got the part, ‘You’re playing the gay boogeyman,’” the 31-year-old actor told People. “I was like, ‘Excuse me?’ He was like, ‘When he was on the run, we would all spook each other [by saying] Andrew Cunanan is going to come get you.’ The things that are said about him in the show aren’t crazy… It is my job to humanize him, but the hope is that we’re not glamorizing anything.”
While Lisa’s encounter with Cunanan won’t be portrayed in the series, it’s a hard one to forget for those who experienced it. Writer/director Todd Haynes remembers being a guest at the dinner party and witnessing the strange meeting. “Lisa was sitting, drinking a glass of wine, and nibbling on a salad,” he explained. “Cunanan immediately focused on her, sat by her side, and wouldn’t leave! The more she tried to get away, the more irritated he would become. When she finally walked away, he looked furious! The hostess later said to me, ‘You have to understand, Andrew is a little nuts.'”