Lauren Graham, known for her role in Gilmore Girls, has shared her thoughts on her late friend Matthew Perry and the happiness the Friends star experienced in the last year of his life.
Graham reminisced about her friendship with the actor, who passed away on October 28 at the age of 54. Despite Perry’s renowned on-screen wit as Chandler Bing in Friends, Graham recalled his off-screen humor being equally delightful.
“No one made me laugh as hard,” Graham stated during an interview on CBS Mornings on November 16. “I mean, tears streaming down my face. There was just so much joy in being around him and being his friend.”
The Parenthood actress, who made guest appearances on several shows alongside Perry such as Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, The Odd Couple, and Go On, discussed Perry’s satisfaction after releasing his memoir, ‘Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,’ in 2022.
“In addition, I have to say that in his final year, he was incredibly proud of the book he wrote and the number of lives it touched,” mentioned the actress, who was honored by Perry with a photo of the two in his memoir. “It was a success that brought him a level of happiness that I hadn’t seen in him for a very long time. So that’s a wonderful memory.”
Despite still grappling with Perry’s sudden passing, Graham acknowledged the significance of this final phase in the life of the Fools Rush In star. Perry had expressed his hopes that his book, which detailed his struggles with addiction and his journey to sobriety, would aid others on a similar path.
“It’s an extremely tragic loss, leaving behind his beautiful work, something to be grateful for,” expressed the actress from Because I Said So. “And again, the book truly meant something to him. So it was a really joyful year for him.”
Since his demise, several of Perry’s friends and former colleagues, including the five surviving Friends cast members—Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, and Matt LeBlanc—have shared heartfelt tributes and fond memories.
These tributes include personal anecdotes and reflections on Perry’s talent, complexity, and impact on their lives. They highlight his brilliance, sense of humor, and the profound effect he had on those around him.