Matthew Perry Reveals He Asked Jennifer Aniston Out on a Date Before "Friends"

NEW YORK, NY - 1995: American actress and producer, Jennifer Aniston and Canadian-American actor, comedian and producer, Matthew Perry of the television comedy, Friend's, attend the 1995 NBC Fall Preview circa 1995 at the Lincoln Center in New York, New York. (Photo by Ron Davis/Getty Images)

Before the cameras ever began rolling on “Friends,” Matthew Perry already had a crush on Jennifer Aniston. In his new interview with Diane Sawyer for “ABC News,” Perry mentioned his memoir “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing,” and opened up in regards to the time he requested Aniston out on a date. According to the actor, he met his future costar earlier than they had been each forged in “Friends,” however when he requested her out, she stated no, suggesting they be buddies as a substitute.

Despite Aniston turning him down, Perry revealed he nonetheless had a crush on her when the present started filming — in addition to on Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox. This revelation prompted Sawyer to name the star a “serial crusher.” Perry replied, “Well, how are you going to not have a crush on Jenny? And Courteney [Cox]? And Lisa [Kudrow]? So I made it form of tough to go to work, as a result of I needed to fake that I did not have these crushes.”

In his memoir, the 53-year-old wrote about questioning how lengthy was too lengthy to stare at Aniston throughout a take. “I used to be like, ‘Is three seconds too lengthy?'” he stated to Sawyer. “And then I write within the gratitude half about her letting me try this.”

While his memoir focuses on heavy matters like his habit and winding street to sobriety, Perry can be open about his romantic relationships. In addition to revealing his crushes on his feminine “Friends” costars, he additionally opened up about briefly relationship Julia Roberts and convincing her to make a cameo look on the hit NBC sitcom.

Per an excerpt from his memoir shared by Entertainment Weekly, Perry in the end broke up with Roberts as a result of he was afraid she was going to interrupt up with him. “Dating Julia Roberts had been an excessive amount of for me,” he wrote. “I had been consistently sure that she was going to interrupt up with me. Why would she not? I used to be not sufficient; I may by no means be sufficient; I used to be damaged, bent, unlovable. So as a substitute of going through the inevitable agony of dropping her, I broke up with the attractive and sensible Julia Roberts.”

“Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing” can be launched on Nov. 1.

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