Matthew Perry Shares The Unusual Way He Got Julia Roberts To Appear On ‘Friends’

Matthew Perry is opening up concerning the uncommon lengths he went to with a purpose to persuade former girlfriend Julia Roberts to visitor star on “Friends.”

In his forthcoming memoir “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing,” Perry mentioned Roberts agreed to seem on a 1996 episode of “Friends” titled “The One After the Superbowl: Part 2” provided that she may work alongside him. Getting her to completely decide to the position of Susie Moss ― the childhood classmate of Perry’s character, Chandler Bing ― would require some further persuasion on his behalf.

“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 story line,” the actor recollects within the e-book, as seen in an excerpt that appeared this weekend within the U.Okay.’s The Occasions. “Let me say that again — she would only do the show if she could be in my story line. (Was I having a good year or what?) But first, I had to woo her.”

So far as the “wooing” was involved, Perry first despatched Roberts “three dozen roses” together with a notice that learn: “The only thing more exciting than the prospect of you doing the show is that I finally have an excuse to send you flowers.”

Nonetheless, the “Pretty Woman” star wasn’t utterly bought ― a minimum of not but.

“Her reply was that if I adequately explained quantum physics to her, she’d agree to be on the show,” Perry mentioned. “Wow. First of all, I’m in an exchange with the woman for whom lipstick was invented, and now I have to hit the books.”

Matthew Perry (left) and Julia Roberts on the set of “Friends” in 1996.

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So the actor gave himself a crash course, and fulfilled Roberts’ request by submitting a prolonged, expeditiously researched “paper all about wave-particle duality and the uncertainty principle and entanglement.” And the end result? “Not only did Julia agree to do the show, but she also sent me a gift: bagels — lots and lots of bagels,” he mentioned. “Sure, why not? It was Julia fucking Roberts.”

Roberts was apparently moved by the gesture, and the 2 actors struck up a friendship that concerned a number of correspondence by way of fax machine earlier than capturing the episode. By the point they arrived on the “Friends” set to movie “The One After the Superbowl, Part 2,” they have been fortunately an merchandise.

In a Hollywood Reporter interview final yr, “Friends” govt producer Kevin Brilliant and employees author Alexa Junge each corroborated Perry’s scientific paper declare. Junge additionally hinted that Roberts was already all for Perry “from afar” lengthy earlier than they labored collectively.

“There was a lot of flirting over faxing,” she defined. “She was giving him these questionnaires like, ‘Why should I go out with you?’ And everyone in the writers room helped him explain to her why. He could do pretty well without us, but there was no question we were on Team Matthew and trying to make it happen for him.”

Sadly for Perry and Roberts, their romance was short-lived. Elsewhere in “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing,” Perry mentioned his personal insecurities about courting one of many world’s most revered stars turned out to be a significant impediment.

“I had been constantly certain that she was going to break up with me,” he wrote, in keeping with the Occasions. “Why would she not? I was not enough; I could never be enough; I was broken, bent, unloveable. So instead of facing the inevitable agony of losing her, I broke up with the beautiful and brilliant Julia Roberts.”

“Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing” is due out Oct. 28.


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