When it comes to the real-life romances of the “Friends” cast, they’ve pretty much all been overshadowed by Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox’s relationships with Hollywood royalty Brad Pitt and David Arquette, respectively. However, some of the remaining cast members dated their fair share of celebrities. For example, Matthew Perry, who played Chandler Bing, briefly dated A-list actress Julia Roberts. She once guest-starred on Friends as Susie, Bing’s former classmate who posed as a romantic interest to get revenge on a childhood prank. And while they had sizzling chemistry, they didn’t start dating until after she appeared.
Although reports of their relationship are sparse, we do know that the couple dated for about a year from 1995-1996. Around this time, both actors publicly admitted their relationship. Lute! News, during an appearance on “The Late Show With David Letterman,” Roberts opened up about their affair. “[Matthew Perry] called me…out of the blue,” she said. “I was very nervous because he’s terribly smart and funny and handsome.” Unfortunately, their relationship didn’t last very long. And after it was over, Perry addressed fans’ speculation about their rumored courtship, to which he jokingly replied, “Get out.” However, he referred to the relationship in the past tense and confirmed that the “Friends” star is single again. “It’s like the busiest guy in the world is trying to date the busiest girl in the world and it just didn’t work,” Perry said. (via KoiMoi)
Matthew Perry convinced Julia Roberts to make Friends
Matthew Perry and Julia Roberts’ relationship may not have started until she appeared on Friends, but they were already acquaintances. Still, Perry had to do some legwork to get her to agree to the show. It all started when producers were scouting for big names to appear in the sitcom’s 1996 Thanksgiving special. They asked Perry to reach out to Roberts, who had previously starred in Pretty Woman and The Pelican Brief, in the hope that her star power would help fuel interest in the series’ ever-growing popularity .
Ultimately, Roberts agreed, but with one caveat: Perry had to write a paper on quantum physics. “I heard Matthew went off and wrote an article and faxed it to her the next day,” writer Kevin Bright said during a roundtable for The Hollywood Reporter.
Whether or not Roberts was actually impressed by Perry’s research skills was never disclosed, but she certainly appreciated the effort. Perry’s charm piqued Roberts’ interest “from afar,” according to Friends writer Alexa Junge, who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter. She added: “There was a lot of flirting about the faxing. She gave him these questionnaires like ‘why should I date you?’ And everyone in the writing room helped him explain why.” She added that while Perry probably didn’t need any help, the writers did their best to sway the vote in his favor.
Jennifer Aniston also dated a Friends guest star
Matthew Perry isn’t the only cast member to have dated one of his “Friends” guest stars; Jennifer Aniston also allowed business and pleasure to overlap. And no, we’re not talking about her five-year marriage to Brad Pitt and his iconic cameo appearance in 2001’s The One With The Rumor. Prior to meeting Pitt, Aniston also dated Tate Donovan, who starred as Joshua Basset, one of Rachel Green’s client, for whom she fought hard to impress even though he didn’t seem interested at first.
According to Page Six, the couple dated from 1995 to 1997. Unfortunately, their relationship fell apart when Tate joined the show, making filming difficult for him. While he was happy “to be on the team,” the actor told Us Weekly, “The only bummer was that Jennifer and I broke up at the time of falling in love or whatever, being interested in each other when we were dating.” separate somehow. That was just tough.
Despite Donovan’s difficult time working with his ex, his overall experience has been very rosy. “These six people were amazing to me. You were awesome. It wasn’t clinical at all for me. I got lucky,” the actor admitted. He went on to say that they were all “very compassionate about the whole breakup” and that “these guys were so great to me when they kind of didn’t have to be.”