Before “Friends” stardom, Matthew Perry and Gwyneth Paltrow allegedly had a “make-out session in a closet.”


Before the 1994 television series “Friends” debuted, Matthew Perry claimed to have met Gwyneth Paltrow in Massachusetts. He claimed, “At some major celebration, we snuck off into a broom cupboard and made out.” Perry continued, “We were both still somewhat obscure, so it didn’t make it to the tabloids.” Morning Brew is read by more than 3 million people; you should too! Thank you for registering! Before “Friends” debuted and became a worldwide phenomenon, Matthew Perry said that he and Gwyneth Paltrow had a brief love relationship in the 1990s.

Perry discussed how his life altered once “Friends,” in which he featured as Chandler Bing, made its television debut on NBC in September 1994 in his new memoir, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,” which was published on Tuesday.

In addition to David Schwimmer (Ross Geller), Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), Courteney Cox (Monica Geller), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay), and Matt LeBlanc, the program ran for ten seasons (Joey Tribbiani).

When Perry first read the sitcom’s screenplay, he claimed he knew it was going to be a hit. He claimed that “all the gags landed” and they “finished to thunderous applause” when the core group was put together and had their first table read together.

He remembered that “everyone could smell money.” The cast was aware of stardom.

He declared, “This show was going to succeed, and it was going to eternally transform everyone’s life.”

The “17 Again” star remembers the group flying off to several upfronts, occasions where a show is pitched to network affiliates and marketers, and having a gut feeling that “Friends” would be a success.

The show didn’t premiere until the next summer, he wrote. Three noteworthy events occurred over that summer for me: a makeout session with Gwyneth Paltrow in a closet, a trip to Mexico on my own, and gambling in Vegas at Jimmy Burrows’ urging.

According to Perry, they met in Williamstown, Massachusetts, when she was filming “Hook.”

He explained, “I was visiting my grandfather, and she was performing in a play there.” We snuck into a broom cupboard and made love during some large party. In light of the fact that neither of us were yet sufficiently well-known for it to appear in the tabloids, Jimmy Burrows was the one who had to make me face reality.

According to Perry, Burrows warned the ensemble that after the episode debuted, their lives would change. He offered the six actors $100 so they could gamble and enjoy themselves in Vegas.

“We six new friends got drunk, gambled, and wandered through the casinos, just six close friends on a weekend trip, unknown to anyone, no one asking for autographs or photos, none of us being pursued by paparazzi, a million miles from what was coming, which was every single moment of our lives being documented in public for all to see forever,” he said.

Perry said, “This was the final summer of my life when I could make out at a party with a gorgeous young woman named Gwyneth and nobody cared, except Gwyneth and I.”

An inquiry for comment from Insider was not immediately answered by a Paltrow spokesperson.