Julia Roberts and Matthew Perry had a secret relationship for several months during the filming of Friends, until he decided to dump her. “I wasn’t enough, I could never be enough,” he says in his latest book Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing.
In his new book – which will be released at the end of this month – Friends actor Matthew Perry not only talks about his alcohol and drug abuse, but also talks about his relationships. One is the one with Julia Roberts.
Perry revealed that their secret romance began after the actress was approached by the crew to star in the sitcom. Producers urged him to contact Roberts, who had indicated that she would only guest-star if she were in a storyline with Chandler Bing, played by Perry. “I sent her red roses with a card saying that the only thing more exciting than the prospect of doing the show with her was that I finally had an excuse to send flowers.” Not only did Roberts agree to do the show, but he also sent Perry a present. “Bagels, lots of bagels,” he told The Times.
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And so began the romance between the two. “Three or four times a day I would sit by my fax machine and watch the slip of paper reveal her next message. I was so excited that some nights at a party I had a flirtatious conversation with an attractive woman but cut off the conversation so I could race home to see if a new fax had arrived. Nine times out of ten that was the case.” By the time shooting started, they were a couple.
But just two months later, Perry dumped her. “A relationship with Julia Roberts was too much. I was constantly convinced that she would break up. Why wouldn’t she? I wasn’t enough, I could never be enough. I was broken.” And so he decided to break up.
Brad Pitt’s Exes
It is not the first time that Perry took his chance with an actress. Jennifer Aniston is said to have rejected him for the recordings of Friends. “Jennifer and I had met about three years earlier through mutual acquaintances. I immediately fell in love with her – how could it be otherwise – and I got the feeling that she was intrigued too.
At the time, he had just been offered a part in two TV shows, news that he was very eager to share with the actress. “I called Jennifer and said, you’re the first person I wanted to tell this to,” he recalls. “Bad idea. I could feel the ice forming through the phone. In hindsight, it was clear that this made her think I liked her too much or in the wrong way. And I only made that mistake worse by asking her out.” Aniston also refused, but indicated that she would like to be friends. “And I made it worse by saying we couldn’t be.”
Another ex of Brad Pitt fell for his charms, because shortly before Friends conquered the world in 1994, Matthew met actress Gwyneth Paltrow at a party in Massachusetts. “We disappeared into the broom closet and then kissed. It was the last summer of my life where I could do this at a party with a woman named Gwyneth and no one but me and Gwyneth cared,” said Perry.