Matthew Perry Has Always Been In Love With His Friends Co-stars

Matthew Perry has released a tell-all memoir called Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing — and trust us, he really does tell all in the book. A large part of the autobiography goes into detail about Perry's devastating addictions. And the actor fought through all of this while rising to stardom as one of TV's biggest stars. What you may not realize, either, is that Perry also reportedly fell in love with pretty much all of his fellow Friends actors.

Mixing business with pleasure

In 1995, for instance, the actor began stepping out with the star of Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts. The A-lister of course played Chandler Bing’s girlfriend in the 1996 Friends two-parter, “The One After the Superbowl.” “Dating Julia Roberts had been too much for me,” Perry wrote in his book. “I had been constantly certain that she was going to break up with me.”

Driven by fear

The Friends star also revealed that he thought Roberts was “slumming it” and that she would soon dump him. “Why would she not?” he asked. “I was not enough; I could never be enough; I was broken, bent, unlovable. So instead of facing the inevitable agony of losing her, I broke up with the beautiful and brilliant Julia Roberts.” He added that he couldn’t “begin to describe the look of confusion on her face” when he did it.

Not pulling any punches

It's clear, then, that Perry is putting it all on the table in this memoir. "So much has been written about me in the past," the actor reasoned with People during the promo tour in October 2022. "I thought it was time people heard from me. The highs were high, the lows were low. But I have lived to tell the tale, even though at times it looked like I wouldn't. And it's all in here." That includes his secret dating history, his feelings for his Friends co-stars, and his addiction journey.

Co-stars show their support

Some of the information is even new to his Friends friends. Lisa Kudrow expressed this in the forward to Perry's memoir. “[Perry] has survived impossible odds, but I had no idea how many times he almost didn’t make it,” Kudrow wrote. She explained how this was the first time she'd understood Perry's journey “in detail” as well. “He’s now letting us into Matthew’s head and heart,” she added.