“Friends” Creator Just Opened Up About Matthew Perry’s Struggles While Filming The Show
The actor went to rehab twice while filming the hit sitcom.
Over the years, Matthew Perry's sobriety has been a hot topic in Hollywood. The 50-year-old actor has always been open about his struggles, which started pretty early in his career. During his time filming Friends, the actor reportedly faced problems with addiction, but luckily, he had a ton of support from not only his co-stars but also those working hard behind the cameras.
At Saturday night's Screen Actors Guild Awards, Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman opened up about her experience working with Perry.
"We were certainly aware of some of it and we certainly had some conversations about it. [We were] protective and, hopefully, supportive," Kauffman told reporters from Us Weekly and other outlets.
Friends was filmed for 10 years, from 1994 to 2004. During this time, Perry apparently checked into rehab twice — first in 1997, and once again in 2001.
Perry never hid his struggles from his fans or the general public.
In a 2015 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the Fools Rush In actor admitted that he's glad he's able to help others who are suffering from addiction.
"I've had a lot of ups and downs in my life and a lot of wonderful accolades, but the best thing about me is that if an alcoholic comes up to me and says, ‘Will you help me stop drinking?’ I will say, ‘Yes. I know how to do that.'”
Perry took his desire to help others one step further after completing his second round of rehab when he opened the Perry House — a sober living home that was actually run out of the actor's former home in Malibu.
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