If it weren't for his public revelations or press reports from back in the day, Matthew Perry's professionalism playing funny guy Chandler Bing on '90s monster show Friends entirely disguised his long struggle with alcoholism and prescriptive drugs.
Recently, in an interview with the British BBC to promote and discuss his up-coming UK based project, The End of Longing, Matthew was asked which series of Friends was his least favorite.
The 49-year-old actor replied with the following:
"Oh my goodness. I think the answer is: I don't remember three years of it. So none of those... somewhere between season 3 and 6."
You'd never know it by his consistent performance that garnered him an Emmy nomination and a Screen Actors Guild award, but Matthew still maintains:
"a little bit of the time, I was a little out of it [during filming], yeah."
Matthew has entered rehab on two occasions, the first time in 1997 followed by a second stint in 2001. Matthew's journey towards a life of sobriety and control has been one of struggle, but speaking to People Magazine back in 2013, he shared:
“I was a hopelessly narcissistic guy, and I only thought about myself, and then that just shifted, and when that happened, I got some true happiness and comfort in my life.”
Although Matthew will not be appearing alongside his co-stars to honor legendary TV director James Burrows on his 1,000th episode of television, he is very much involved with and focused on his career, having written and will soon be starring in The End of Longing.
All the best to you, Matthew!