Matthew Perry says he had severe anxiety while filming ‘Friends’ and nobody else knew

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Warning: This article contains spoilers for Friends: The Reunion.

Do you think acting in front of a live audience be very stressful? Well, If you ask FRIENDS star Matthew Perry, the experience of acting ahead of a studio audience daily was very anxious for him. 

“To me, I felt like I was gonna die if they didn’t laugh,”

he revealed during the Adjective to the five other stars on the Central Perk set. His costar Lisa Kudrow was shocked to hear that because Perry never said anything to his costars before.  “Oh yeah, I felt like that every single night,” he said.

But the biggest reaction Perry ever got while filming wasn’t actually a laugh — it was actually the moment where his character Chandler and Courteney Cox’s Monica were almost caught in bed together by David Schwimmer’s Ross after they slept together for the very first time. The audience was aptly shocked at the twist but the audience cheers and applause were so astounding that it made the creators rethink that entire relationship.”We realized there’s more to this and we need to pay attention,” 

Marta Kauffman said during the reunion.

“That was the end of the season so we had time to really ruminate and think about it. But it was such a powerful moment that we knew we had to explore it more.” And even though they continued to have added Monica and Chandler hook up into the next season, they didn’t realize just how far it would go — leading to one of the foremost iconic TV proposals and weddings of all time.

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