In the days leading up to the publication of Matthew Perry’s autobiography, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, we have gained fresh insight into topics that he discusses in the book almost on a daily basis.
Matthew asserts that he is the one responsible for making it possible for Julia Roberts to appear in the famous episode of Friends.
Back in the day, it was unheard of for a movie star to make a guest appearance on a television program. These days, it may not seem like much of a big deal, but in the past, it was unheard of. You either had a successful career in movies or on television; you couldn’t do both.
Regarding Julia Roberts, at the time, she was the most popular actress in Hollywood, however, the question is, how did she get cast on Friends?
“Julia had been offered the post-Super Bowl episode in season 2, and she would only do the show if she could be in my narrative line,” wrote Matthew, who is now 53 years old and portrayed Chandler Bing on the successful program.
The passage from the book continues with the following statement: “Let me repeat it again – she would only do the program if she could be in my narrative line (Was I having a wonderful year or what?).” But first, I had to try to win her heart.”
And woo her he did. Matthew mentions in his writing that by the time the program aired, the two of them had already started dating.
According to Matthew, though, establishing communication with Julia was not a simple task. In point of fact, one may even refer to it as rocket science. To begin his attempt to persuade her to participate in the performance, Matthew sent her a large number of flowers.
According to what the author claimed, “her reply was that if I sufficiently explained quantum physics to her, she would agree to go on the program.” His book suggests that he did so, and that he responded to her query the next day.
“Not only did Julia agree to do the program, but she also gave me a present: bagels – lots and lots of bagels.”
According to Matthew, the two allegedly continued to flirt with one another and finally became an official couple.
Matthew claims that his fears got in the way, and as a result, he decided to end the relationship because of the strain they were putting on one other. According to what he said in his book, dating Julia Roberts had become too much for him.
“I had an unshakeable conviction that she would end our relationship at some point during our time together. Why wouldn’t she just do that?
I was flawed, crooked, and unlovable; I wasn’t enough; I could never be enough; and I was shattered.”
He went to elaborate on his choice by saying, “So rather than confronting the inevitable anguish of losing her, I broke up with the gorgeous and talented Julia Roberts.”