Matthew Perry had to do something kinda weird to get Julia Roberts on Friends 3 months ago

Matthew Perry had to do something kinda weird to get Julia Roberts on Friends

Could he BE any more of a nerd?

Look, who among us hasn't tried thinking out of the box when trying to find work?

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Exaggerating aspects on a CV, complimenting the panel, maybe even arriving with a gift.

But have you ever had to write a paper on quantum physics?

That's exactly what Friends star Matthew Perry had to do to convince Julia Roberts to appear on the hit 90s sitcom.

He details the full saga in an excerpt from his memoir, "Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing", which appeared in the Sunday Times this week (23 October).

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"Julia had been offered the post-Super Bowl episode in season 2 and she would only do the show if she could be in my story line," Perry said.

"Let me say that again — she would only do the show if she could be in my story line. (Was I having a good year or what?) But first, I had to woo her.

Perry proceeded to send the Pretty Woman star three dozen roses, along with a note that read "The only thing more exciting than the prospect of you doing the show is that I finally have an excuse to send you flowers."

"Her reply was that if I adequately explained quantum physics to her, she'd agree to be on the show," Perry continued.

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"Wow. First of all, I'm in an exchange with the woman for whom lipstick was invented, and now I have to hit the books.

"The following day, I sent her a paper all about wave-particle duality and the uncertainty principle and entanglement, and only some of it was metaphorical.

"Not only did Julia agree to do the show, but she also sent me a gift: bagels — lots and lots of bagels. Sure, why not? It was Julia f***ing Roberts."

The pair briefly dated during the course of the show, before breaking up only two months later. Which, in fairness, is still longer than Liz Truss' stint as Prime Minister.

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