Matthew Perry is divulging all about his short-lived romance with Julia Roberts! In his highly-awaited, upcoming memoir titled Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, not only did the Friends star reveal the unique way he convinced the Oscar winner to cameo in the legendary sitcom, but Perry also confessed the reason why he broke up with Roberts after dating for just two months.
In an excerpt from Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, via The Times and Entertainment Weekly, Matthew Perry shared the reason behind splitting with Julia Roberts: "Dating Julia Roberts had been too much for me. I had been constantly certain that she was going to break up with me. Why would she not? I was not enough; I could never be enough; I was broken, bent, unloveable. So instead of facing the inevitable agony of losing her, I broke up with the beautiful and brilliant Julia Roberts. She might have considered herself slumming it with a TV guy, and TV guy was now breaking up with her. I can't begin to describe the look of confusion on her face." Julia Roberts' reps didn't immediately respond to EW's request for comment.
Furthermore, Matthew Perry revealed the elaborate way in which he convinced Julia Roberts to guest star in Friends Season 2 Episode 13 titled The One After the Superbowl, Part 2. Matthew explained that the 54-year-old actress was offered the Friends episode, to which she apparently stated she would do if "she could be in my storyline." Perry reiterated Julia's demand and quipped, "Was I having a good year or what?" However, he also added, "But first, I had to woo her." And woo her, he did...
Taking inspiration from Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman, Matthew Perry attempted to charm Julia Roberts by sending over three dozen roses alongside a note: "The only thing more exciting than the prospect of you doing the show is that I finally have an excuse to send you flowers." However, Julia wouldn't be convinced that easily: "Her reply was that if I adequately explained quantum physics to her, she'd agree to be on the show. Wow. First of all, I'm in an exchange with the woman for whom lipstick was invented, and now I have to hit the books."
"The following day, I sent her a paper all about wave-particle duality and the uncertainty principle and entanglement, and only some of it was metaphorical," Matthew Perry recalled before adding, "Not only did Julia agree to do the show, but she also sent me a gift: bagels — lots and lots of bagels. Sure, why not? It was Julia f****g Roberts."
Interestingly, t was through a fax machine that the ex-couple struck up a friendship, which swiftly transformed into a romance: "I did let her in, both figuratively and literally, and a relationship began. We would already be a couple by the time we started filming the Friends Super Bowl episode."