Julia Roberts only wanted to play in ‘Friends’ when Matthew Perry wrote a paper on quantum physics

In the ten seasons of Friends a lot of big names have been reviewed. One of them was Julia Roberts and she had one special condition to play in the sitcom.

Julia Roberts is of course known for films like Notting Hill and Pretty Woman, but the actress also shows up in some episodes of Friends. In it she plays the old classmate and the new flame of Chandler (Matthew Perry), but also off the screens the two got along very well.

Quantum Physics

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the creators spoke about how they put Julia Roberts in Friends got. And there was an important role for Matthew Perry. Kevin Bright, co-creator of Friends explains: “Matthew asked her to play in the series. She wrote back to him: ‘Write a paper on quantum physics and I’ll do it’. ”

And Matthew did not shy away from that challenge and immersed himself in the world of quantum physics. “I think Matthew then joined her game and wrote the paper and faxed it to her the next day,” Bright continues. Ultimately, Julia Roberts played in the two parts of ‘The One After the Superbowl’ from season two Friends.

“Flirting via fax”

The makers don’t know if Matthew and Julia had met before shooting, but “she was interested in him from a distance because he was so charming.” It didn’t stop with a fax with a paper on quantum physics. “There was a lot of flirtation about fax,” explains writer Alexa Junge. “She gave him questionnaires with questions like, ‘Why should I go on a date with you?’ Everyone from the makers then helped him explain why. He could certainly do without us, but there was no doubt that we were Team Matthew and would help him. ”

And that was not without success. “I don’t know if it was love at first sight, but they soon started dating,” said Michael Lembeck, who directed the two episodes. “Chandler is going on a date with Julia Roberts and I’m going home to my awful girlfriend. That’s what I remember from that episode. ” Matthew and Julia were in a relationship from 1995 to 1996.

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