Matthew Perry Wrote a Physics Paper to Get Julia Roberts on ‘Friends’



  • Matthew Perry revealed how he convinced Julia Roberts to star in an episode of “Friends” in his upcoming memoir.
  • The actor reportedly tried sending flowers, but Roberts requested a physics paper instead.
  • Perry revealed the two started dating after her “Friends” cameo. 

In an excerpt from his highly-anticipated memoir, Matthew Perry shared an anecdote about the hoops he jumped through in order to get Julia Roberts to appear in an episode of “Friends.” 

In his memoir titled, “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing,” Perry shared that Roberts was offered a guest starring role as Susie Moss in the season two episode, “The One After the Super Bowl, Part 2” in 1996. According to Perry, Roberts said she would only make an appearance if she could work alongside him.

“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,” Perry wrote in an excerpt published in The Sunday Times.  

Perry wrote that his first attempt at persuading the “Pretty Woman” actress included “three dozen roses” and a note that read, “The only thing more exciting than the prospect of you doing the show is that I finally have an excuse to send you flowers.”

Roberts cheekily responded that Perry would have to “adequately explain quantum physics” to her before she agreed to be in “Friends,” according to his book.

“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,” Perry wrote.

According to the actor, his determination proved fruitful, and his effort won over the actress dubbed “America’s sweetheart.”

“The following day, I sent her a paper all about wave-particle duality and the uncertainty principle and entanglement, and only some of it was metaphorical,” he wrote. “Not only did Julia agree to do the show, but she also sent me a gift: bagels — lots and lots of bagels. Sure, why not? It was Julia fucking Roberts.” 

 

After she agreed to appear on the show, the two remained in contact via flirty fax machine messages, Perry revealed in his memoir. “We would already be a couple by the time we started filming the “Friends” Super Bowl episode,” he wrote.

In his book, Perry said the two dated for two months before he broke up with the actress due to his lack of self-esteem. 

“I had been constantly certain that she was going to break up with me. 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,” Perry wrote, “She might have considered herself slumming it with a TV guy, and TV guy was now breaking up with her. I can’t begin to describe the look of confusion on her face.”

In the intimate book, Perry also discusses his battle with addiction and his relationships with “Friends” costars Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston, and more. 

“Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing” is set to be released on November 1. 



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