Matthew Perry did not have a very extensive CV when he landed the role of Chandler Bing in Friends in 1994. The actor pursued a relatively discreet career on television, often making small appearances for an episode in series, when he’s not hiding intermittently at the movies. After having obtained a very short passage in the first season of Beverly Hills 90210 at the turn of the 90s, Matthew Perry finally finds a role to his measure thanks to Marta Kauffman and David Crane. His character in Friends allows him to cultivate the image of a clumsy joker on the big screen in increasingly schoolboy romantic comedians until the bitter failure of My neighbor the killer 2 does not end his prodigious rise. in Hollywood and does not bode well for a descent into hell against a backdrop of drug addiction. Addicted, Matthew Perry was also addicted to his companion in the mid-90s…

Friends fans will know that in 1995, the American-Canadian actor assiduously frequented the “pretty woman” Julia Roberts after having frolicked for a while with Yasmine Bleeth, one of the stars of Baywatch. It all started with an invitation from Matthew Perry to make a cameo in the series. The two lovebirds would have attended before the filming of the episode in question, the stars of Friends crossing them together by chance in a restaurant. The glamorous romance would only last a short year. “Going out with Julia Roberts had been too much for me”, explains Matthew Perry in his memoir Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing published on November 1 by our Anglo-Saxon friends. The actor then feared to be dropped by the “it girl” of the nineties, overnight. He writes: “So instead of facing the inevitable agony of losing her, I broke up with the beautiful and brilliant Julia Roberts. I can’t begin to describe the expression of confusion on her face.”

This Friends star Matthew Perry fell in love with

From the moment he set foot on the set of Warner Bros in Burbank, California, Matthew Perry only had eyes for his comrade Jennifer Aniston. “I immediately flashed on her, remembers the interpreter of Chandler in his autobiography. At the same time, how could it have been otherwise? […] I had the feeling that she was intrigued by me too, maybe that would lead somewhere? Feelings that Jennifer Aniston definitely does not share, in a relationship with actor Christopher McDonald at the start of the filming of Friends. “I could almost feel ice forming through the phone. In hindsight, it was clear that it made him think I loved him too much or in the wrong way…and I only made it worse my case by then asking her to go out with me. She refused (which made it very difficult to go out with her). She told me that she wanted us to remain friends, but I aggravated the situation by letting go: ‘We can’t be friends!'”. Jennifer Aniston is now one of Matthew Perry’s closest comrades.

Matthew Perry: the star of Friends finally reveals why she broke up with Julia Roberts

Matthew Perry and Julia Roberts in Friends © WARNER BROS

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