ICYMI, actor Matthew Perry revealed today that he asked Jennifer Aniston out before they were on Friends together. And though we’d love to tell ya that this v bold move resulted in a date or two, we can now confirm the actor actually ended up getting rejected. 🤧
In his new memoir Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, Matthew explained that he and Jen knew each other before the show, since they met three years earlier through mutual acquaintances. “I was immediately taken by her (how could I not be?) and liked her, and I got the sense she was intrigued too—maybe it was going to be something,” he wrote, according to Page Six.
At the time, the actor had just discovered that he’d gotten a part in the iconic sitcom and confessed to Jennifer: “You’re the first person I wanted to tell this to.” But once the words came out of his mouth, he said he knew the call was a “bad idea.” “I could feel ice forming through the phone. Looking back, it was clear that this made her think I liked her too much or in the wrong kind of way…and I only compounded the error by then asking her out.”
Needless to say, it was an interesting start to the duo’s professional relationship together as they went on to star on Friends from 1994 to 2004.
A-ny-way!! Brace yourself for what happened next: “[Jennifer] declined (which made it very difficult to actually go out with her), but said that she’d love to be friends with me, and I compounded the compound by blurting, ‘We can’t be friends!’”
Fast-forward a teeeeensy bit to the co-stars eventually sitting down for their first table read in 1994, and Matthew felt that, despite the rocky start, they “were able to sail right past the past and focus on the fact that we had both gotten the best job Hollywood had to offer.” Literally my emotions right about now, lol: 📈📉📈📉📈📉.
Matthew’s feelings for Jen didn’t just vanish though, and he admitted, “Fairly early in the making of Friends I realized that I was still crushing badly on Jennifer Aniston. Our hellos and goodbyes became awkward. And then I’d ask myself, how long can I look at her? Is three seconds too long? But that shadow disappeared in the hot glow of the show. (That, and her deafening lack of interest.)”
Honestly? Brownie points for writing quite possibly the most relatable thing ever @ Matthew ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. But also, way to pull a complete 180 re: the relatability factor by swiftly moving on to dating *the* Julia Roberts in 1995. Obsessed!