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The Friends Writers Room Helped Matthew Perry Impress Julia Roberts


02:40 1 Feb 2021

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Matthew Perry and Julia Roberts briefly dated after her appearance on Friends in 1996.

And it turns out the show's writers actually helped him impress her when they first started faxing each other.


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The team behind the show shared the story while chatting to The Hollywood Reporter recently.

Friends co-creator, Marta Kauffman, said getting Julia Roberts to star in the series was, 'incredibly exciting.'

Executive producer, Kevin Bright, chimed in, 'Do you know the story of how we got her?'

He revealed, 'Matthew asked her to be on the show.'

'She wrote back to him, "Write me a paper on quantum physics and I’ll do it."'

'My understanding is that Matthew went away and wrote a paper and faxed it to her the next day.'


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Staff writer Alexa Junge said, 'They may have met before the episode, but she was interested in him from afar because he’s so charming.'

'There was a lot of flirting over faxing.'

'She was giving him these questionnaires like, "Why should I go out with you?"'

'And everyone in the writers room helped him explain to her why.'

'He could do pretty well without us, but there was no question we were on Team Matthew and trying to make it happen for him.'

Co-writer, Jeff Astrof recalled the time Julia gushed over the character of Chandler while on set.


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He said, 'I remember standing with her on the sidelines.'

'She kept saying, "Chandler’s so funny!" And I’m like, "I wrote every one of those lines!"'

'I don’t know if she fell in love with Matthew on the spot but they soon started dating.'

We can't wait to hear more behind the scenes revelations on the upcoming Friends reunion special!


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