December 20, 2023


Mathew Perry wasn't 'happiest man on earth' despite 'dream role' in Friends

George Clooney said Matthew Perry was not happy during his time in 'Friends'

By Javeria Shahid December 20, 2023
Mathew Perry was cast as Chandler Bing in Friends in 1994
Mathew Perry was cast as Chandler Bing in Friends in 1994

Matthew Perry, widely known for bringing joy as Chandler Bing in Friends, struggled with personal happiness despite his outward success.

According to Deadline on Tuesday, December 19, George Clooney shared insights about Perry’ s emotional state during his time in the lauded American sitcom.

Despite achieving his dream of being a part of any sitcom, which eventually propeled him into stardom, the 62-year-old actor said that Perry "wasn’t happy" and his addiction made it a challenging experience.

The ER alum told the outlet that Perry, who’s about 10 years younger than him, "would say to us, I mean me, Richard Kind and Grant Heslov, 'I just want to get on a sitcom, man. I just want to get on a regular sitcom and I would be the happiest man on earth".

He continued, "And he got on, probably one of the best ever. He wasn’t happy. It didn’t bring him joy or happiness or peace".

The From Dusk Till Dawn actor recalled the time when he was filming with Perry for their respective 90’s shows at the Warner Bros studio; Clooney, ER and Perry, Friends.

He said despite working side by side under the same roof they all could see that something was wrong with Perry but still had no idea, “what was going through him.”

“We just knew that he wasn’t happy and I had no idea he was doing what, 12 Vicodin a day and all the stuff he talked about, all that heartbreaking stuff,” Clooney said, noting to Perry’s detailed confessions he penned in memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing.