Matthew Perry has revealed that he suffered from severe anxiety during the recordings of the series “Friends”. The actor struggled with the pressures of filming the show in front of a live audience. “I felt like I was going to die every night,” Perry said.
The 51-year-old actor played sarcastic Chandler Bing on the hit ’90s sitcom. During the “Friends” reunion special, she talked about her anxiety problems. Perry chatted with his former leads and now friends, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox.
“I felt like I was going to die if they didn’t laugh,” He said about his experience on the show that lasted 10 seasons, between 1994 and 2004. For the Chandler interpreter, insecurity about his comedy skills caused him great pressure. This increased if the public did not respond positively to his jokes.
“Sometimes I would say a line and they (the audience) wouldn’t laugh and I would sweat and just have seizures. If I didn’t get the laugh I was supposed to have, it scared me, ”admits the actor.
Matthew Perry surprised his fellow “Friends” with his revelations
The revelations of the great anxiety that the actor suffered during the recordings took his companions by surprise. Lisa Kudrow told him during the broadcast: “You didn’t tell us that. I don’t remember you saying that. “
To which Perry replied, “Oh yeah, I felt that way every night.”
Perry was 24 when he landed the famous role of Chandler Bing. And although in front of the screen he seemed very comfortable with his role, behind her everything was a disaster.
The actor has been very open about the personal battles he experienced during his years on the famous series. In an appearance on BBC radio in 2016, He admitted for three years that he recorded “Friends” it was all very confusing due to his alcoholism and substance abuse.
When asked what his least favorite episode was, he told the interviewer, “I think the answer is, I don’t remember three years of that.”