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The one where Matthew Perry writes an addiction memoir

By Elisabeth Egan

24 Oct 2022 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

Almost everyone who has seen the US sitcom friends, will have fallen in love with series' "funny guy" Chandler. In this article, we hear from actor Matthew Perry about his addiction struggle and more.

When I pictured Matthew Perry, the actor frequently known as Chandler Bing, I saw him on the tangerine couch at Central Perk or seated on one of the twin recliners in the apartment he shared with Joey Tribbiani.

In September, after arriving at his 6,300-square-foot rental house and being ushered through a driveway gate by his sober companion, I sat across from Perry, who perched on a white couch in a white living room, a world away from “Friends,” the NBC sitcom that aired for 10 seasons and catapulted all six of its stars into fame, fortune and infinite memes. Instead of the foosball table where Chandler, Joey, Monica, Phoebe, Rachel and Ross gathered, nudging one another through the first chapters of adulthood, Perry, 53, had a red felt pool table that looked untouched. There was plenty of light in the house but not a lot of warmth.

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