Following Friends co-stars' heartfelt homage to co-star Matthew Perry, who passed away on October 28 at 54, Julia Roberts recently shared her thoughts on the sudden passing of her ex-boyfriend, Perry. In an emotional interview with Entertainment Tonight, the 56-year-old actor expressed her shock and deep sorrow at the tragic news.
Reflecting on her time as a guest star on the iconic show Friends in the 1996 episode The One After the Super Bowl, Roberts fondly recalled the warm reception she received from the cast. She reminisced about the enjoyable experience of playing Chandler Bing's childhood classmate, emphasising the kindness shown to her by the cast during her brief appearance.
Julia Roberts On Matthew Perry's Death
Roberts expressed her grief over Perry's shocking demise and said, "The sudden passing of anybody so young is heartbreaking." She added, "I think that you know, it just helps all of us just appreciate what we have and to keep going in a positive way as best we can."
During six months from 1995 to 1996, Matthew Perry and Julia Roberts were in a romantic relationship. Perry shared in his 2022 memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, that they were engaged in a three-month courtship off-camera while Roberts made a guest appearance on Friends. In the book, Perry delves into the details of their relationship during that time.
Jennifer Aniston Paid Homage By Sharing A Text Matthew Perry Sent Her
Earlier, Jennifer Aniston reflected on the universal experience of loss, acknowledging how it can encompass various forms, such as the loss of life or love. She highlighted the importance of embracing grief, as it allows one to appreciate moments of joy and gratitude stemming from deep connections. Describing the Friends cast as a chosen family that significantly shaped their lives, Aniston emphasised the impact the show had on their paths.
Praising Perry's dedication to bringing laughter, Aniston revealed his intense commitment to eliciting laughs, almost equating it to a vital need for survival. She said, "If he didn’t hear the ‘laugh’ he thought he was going to die. His life depended on it. And boy did he succeed in doing just that." She admired his ability to succeed in making people laugh, showcasing his comedic brilliance and devotion to his craft.
Aniston shared personal anecdotes from their recent interactions, reminiscing over their exchanges through texts. She wrote, "In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been pouring over our texts to one another. Laughing and crying then laughing again."
Expressing ongoing affection and love for Perry, Aniston conveyed her belief in his peace and freedom from pain. "Matty, I love you so much, and I know you are now completely at peace and out of any pain. I talk to you every day… sometimes I can almost hear you saying 'could you BE any crazier?"
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She reminisced about their friendship, concluding with a heartfelt reference to Perry's famous Chandler Bing catchphrase, capturing the essence of their enduring camaraderie and humour.
Lisa Kudrow Pays Tribute
Moreover, Lisa Kudrow, known for portraying Phoebe in the hit show Friends, also paid tribute to her late co-star via an Instagram post. Sharing an old snapshot of herself with Matthew Perry, Kudrow accompanied it with a heartfelt message. The throwback picture showcased a young Lisa in a black dress holding a coat, while Matthew sported a blue T-shirt, beige blazer, and denim pants, holding a beverage glass. The photo appeared to be from an album capturing their past moments together.
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David Schwimmer Shares His Favourite Picture With Matthew Perry
David Schwimmer, known for his role as Ross Geller in Friends, also honoured Matthew Perry with a heartfelt tribute on Instagram. In a lengthy post, Schwimmer bid farewell to the late actor, describing him as "generous" and reflecting on their shared memories during the decade of filming the iconic sitcom.
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Actor Matt LeBlanc, renowned for portraying Joey, expressed his farewell to his "brother" Perry on social media. Sharing an emotional tribute, the actor posted a carousel of photos featuring moments from the sitcom's set. In his caption, LeBlanc conveyed his heavy heart by bidding farewell to Perry, reminiscing about the cherished moments they shared. He expressed gratitude for the honour of working alongside Perry and cherishing their friendship.
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