Julia Roberts opened up about the ‘heartbreaking’ death of ex-boyfriend Matthew Perry at the age of 54.
The Ocean’s Twelve actress briefly dated the Friends icon for a few months in the mid 90s after they shared the screen in the sitcom – but they both moved on with other partners.
Ahead of her new film, Leave the World Behind – which is released on Netflix on December 8 and includes several references to the program – the 56-year-old reflected on her past relationship with the Chandler Bing actor.
‘The sudden passing of anybody so young is heartbreaking,’ she said in a new interview.
‘I think that, you know, it just helps all of us just appreciate what we have and to keep going in a positive way as best we can.’
Roberts also unpacked her appearance in Friends, after popping up as Chandler’s love interest in season two episode The One After The Super Bowl, in 1996.
‘All good thoughts and feelings,’ she continued to Entertainment Weekly. ‘They were all so welcoming to me as just a one-off character and it was a really fun time.’
The Oscar-winner is set to appear on our screens again in new Netflix movie Leave The World Behind, alongside Mahershala Ali, Ethan Hawke and Kevin Bacon.
In the flick, there are multiple references to the hugely popular series, but Roberts insisted that it was not an intentional nod to her cameo.
‘It wasn’t! But it was a great device that Sam [Esmail] wrote when he adapted the book, which is such a beautiful novel that Rumaan [Alam] wrote and when he added that element for the daughter, it’s just so great,’ she told Metro.co.uk.
‘It just shows that we all have something in culture that just comforts us and makes us feel good.
‘For me it’s America’s Funniest Home Videos, it’s different for different people and so to have that thing that at the end of the day, you can sit and it gives you comfort.
Perry, who died on October 28, previously touched on his whirlwind romance with Roberts in his 2022 memoir, Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing – and explained that he was initially encouraged to send the Sleeping With The Enemy star flowers, by show boss Marta Kauffman.
It turns out that she only agreed to make a guest appearance in the program if she could be part of his storyline, so he sent her a personalized gift to seal the deal.
As well as a bouquet of roses, he penned a handwritten card which read: ‘The only thing more exciting than the prospect of you doing the show is that I finally have an excuse to send you flowers.’
She then replied that she would only appear if he ‘adequately explained quantum physics to her’, and he didn’t take the challenge lying down, leading to daily faxes and conversations, before they started dating at the end of 1995.
Shedding light on his reasoning for ending things, Perry explained wrote that dating Roberts was ‘too much for me’ as he was constantly ‘certain’ that she would break up with him.
‘Why would she not? I was not enough; I could never be enough; I was broken, bent, unlovable. So instead of facing the inevitable agony of losing her, I broke up with the beautiful and brilliant Julia Roberts,’ he wrote, via the Times.
‘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.’
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