To convince Julia Roberts to make an appearance in the series “Friends”, Matthew Perry, the interpreter of Chandler, did not do things by halves. We tell you everything!
Brad Pitt, Winona Ryder, George Clooney, Reese Witherspoon, Jean-Claude Van Damme … Many Hollywood stars have appeared in the credits of the Friends series for a very often tasty cameo. Among these guests, impossible not to mention Julia Roberts, passing through for the double-episode The One After The Superbowl, broadcast on NBC in January 1996. An episode in which the American actress slips into the shoes of Susie Moss, a former classmate of Chandler.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the creators of the cult show came back behind the scenes of this cameo. The opportunity to learn that convincing Julia Roberts was not easy and that it took all the will of Matthew Perry, the interpreter of Chandler, for the heroine of Pretty Woman to be in the game.
“Having Julia Roberts on Friends was incredibly exciting. We knew she would be great and when she said yes it was amazing”, remembers Marta Kauffman first. “Do you know how we got it?”, asks producer Kevin S. Bright. Matthew Perry asked her to star on the show. She replied that if he wrote her an article on quantum physics, then she would come. From what I understood, Matthew wrote something and he faxed the next day. “
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“Matthew and Julia met before the episode, but she was already interested in him, he’s so charming. They flirted a lot by fax.”, says screenwriter Alexa Junge. And Jeff Astrof, also writing on the series, to complete: “Julia kept saying, ‘Chandler is so funny.’ And I was like, ‘I wrote these dialogues!’ I don’t know if she fell in love with him right away, but they quickly dated. “ More than just Friends, Matthew Perry and Julia Roberts were indeed a couple for a few months in 1995 and 1996.