Late “Friends” Star Matthew Perry spoke fondly about his co-stars in the years after the show, noting especially how fellow cast member Jennifer Anniston continued to check in on him years after filming concluded. This bond and report that was shared among the starring group of one of the greatest sitcoms of all time is what made the show’s acting so believable and immersive for an audience that still exists to this day.
Perry struggled with addiction in a well documented struggle that few new about at the time. While many speculated, very few were let in on the darkness that he battled through his years of substance abuse. One person who he let in however, was Jennifer Anniston.
Speaking to ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Perry said of Anniston, “She was the one that reached out the most. You know, I’m really grateful to her for that.” He continued on speaking about the impact that she had on his life and recovery. He mentioned that having a friend so worried about him made it hard for him to continue ruining his life.
Speaking last year to People, Perry discussed the level of addiction that his disease had driven him to, saying, “I didn’t know how to stop. If the police came over to my house and said, ‘If you drink tonight, we’re going to take you to jail,’ I’d start packing. I couldn’t stop because the disease and the addiction is progressive. So it gets worse and worse as you grow older.”
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