Actor Matthew Perry‘s sarcastic, emotionally awkward character of Chandler Bing in the popular sitcom Friends brought him unparalleled popularity. The actor recently revealed that years before he was cast on the show, he had once asked out Jennifer Aniston but the latter wanted to just stay friends with him. They later worked together on Friends.
According to a report in Entertainment Weekly, Matthew wrote in the book about how he felt when he met Jennifer. The actor wrote, “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. Back then I got two jobs in one day — one was Haywire, an America’s Funniest Home Videos-type show, and the other was a sitcom. So I called Jennifer and I said, ‘You’re the first person I wanted to tell this to!’”
However, the actor writes that he might have come on too strong, he eventually ended up asking her out, only to get declined. He wrote, “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. She 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!’”
The actor further revealed that his feelings for Jennifer eventually “disappeared in the hot glow of the show”, “That, and her deafening lack of interest,” he wrote.
In a recent interview with Diane Sawyer for ABC News, Matthew said that anyone could have crush on his co-stars Jennifer, Courtney Cox and Lisa Kudrow. He said, “How can you not have a crush on Jenny, and Courtney, and Lisa? So that made it kind of difficult to go to work because I had to pretend that I didn’t have these crushes.”
Matthew’s memoir will release on November 1, which speaks not just about his journey in Friends, but also his health, personal life and career.