Jennifer Aniston ‘Didn’t Understand’ Matthew Perry’s ‘Level of Anxiety’ During ‘Friends’


Learning one thing. Despite realizing Matthew Perry for over 25 years, Jennifer Aniston nonetheless found new particulars about her former costar throughout the Friends reunion.

“I didn’t understand the level of anxiety and self-torture [that] was put on Matthew Perry, if he didn’t get that laugh, and the devastation that he felt,” the Morning Show star, 52, stated throughout the Thursday, June 24, episode of the Today present. “[But it] makes a lot of sense.”

Matthew Perry and Jennifer Aniston.
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During Friends: The Reunion, the Fools Rush In star, 51, stated that he used to “go into convulsions” if the studio viewers didn’t chuckle at his jokes as Chandler whereas the present taped. “To me, I felt like I was going to die if they didn’t laugh,” he stated within the HBO Max particular, which debuted in May. “And it’s not healthy, for sure.”

His castmates replied that they didn’t understand how a lot stress he felt to ship. “You didn’t tell us that then,” Lisa Kudrow informed him.

The Go On alum famously struggled with habit throughout his time on the present, which aired from 1994 to 2004. He turned hooked on Vicodin in 1997 after an harm and checked into rehab later that year. In 2000, he was hospitalized for pancreatitis ensuing from his alcohol abuse, and the next year, he went again to rehab.

Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry on ‘Friends.’
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“I didn’t get sober because I felt like it,” he informed The New York Times in 2002. “I got sober because I was worried I was going to die the next day.”

He returned to rehab a 3rd time in 2011, and two years later, he turned his Malibu residence right into a males’s sober dwelling facility known as Perry House.

“I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in my life and a lot of wonderful accolades,” he informed The Hollywood Reporter in 2013. “The best thing about me is that if an alcoholic comes up to me and says, ‘Will you help me stop drinking?’ I will say, ‘Yes. I know how to do that.’”

After Friends: The Reunion premiered, director Ben Winston defended Perry from web customers who commented on his look within the particular.

“He was great,” the producer, 39, stated throughout a May episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s “TV Top 5” podcast. “People can sometimes just be unkind. I wish they weren’t. I loved working with him. He’s a brilliantly funny man and I thought he had some great one-liners in the show. I felt just happy and lucky to be in his presence and directing him on something like this.”

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