Matthew Perry has revealed that he had a huge crush on Jennifer Aniston, before and during Friends, but she turned him down.
In his new memoir Friends, Lovers and the Big Awful Thing, the actor writes that he met Aniston before filming the hit sitcom and was “immediately captivated” by her presence. Perry recalls that at one point he called Aniston and tried to impress her with the exciting news that he had booked two acting roles.
“It was clear that this made her think that I liked her too much or in the wrong way”, he writes in the book, which comes out on November 1. However, he continues to ask her out.
Perry claims that Aniston turned down the proposal and instead suggested they be just friends, to which he blurted out: “We can’t be friends!”
The two eventually sat down for their first script reading in 1994, and although Perry still had romantic feelings for her, they “were able to move past the past and focus on the fact that we both got the best jobs, that Hollywood had to offer”.
Unfortunately for Perry, his feelings for Aniston continued during the filming of Friends. He says he often used to analyze every casual interaction between the two.
Perry’s feelings for Aniston are slowly but surely fading due to both the series’ success and her continued “lack of interest” — though the two share an onscreen kiss in the Season 3 episode “The One with the Flashback.”
The “Whole Nine Yards” star wrote that by the time Aniston started dating Brad Pitt in 1998, he had “long forgotten her” and figured out how to communicate with her “without being awkward.”
Perry, 53, has also moved on with other romantic relationships – most notably Julia Roberts, who he briefly dated in 1995. He dumped Roberts, 54, after two months of dating because he was “sure she was going to break up with me”.
“Why not? I wasn’t enough, I could never be enough. So instead of facing the inevitable agony of losing her, I broke up with the beautiful and brilliant Julia Roberts.” he admits.
In addition to her massive fame, Perry also struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. During the filming of the sitcom in the period 1994-2004, he had to visit a rehabilitation clinic twice.
Perry admits that after filming the iconic moment in which his character Chandler Bing marries Monica Geller, played by Courteney Cox, he was “taken back to the rehab facility.”
The actor estimates he’s spent about $9 million over the years fighting his addiction, and even then he “almost died” a few years ago when his colon ruptured and doctors told him he had “2%” chance to survive.