Gwyneth Paltrow, the Oscar-winning actress, has paid tribute to the late Matthew Perry by recalling a romantic moment they shared during a summer together before his breakthrough on Friends. In a social media post, Paltrow remembered meeting Perry in 1993 at the Williamstown Theater Festival, where they both worked on plays. She described him as funny, sweet, and fun to be with, hinting at a relationship beyond friendship. The couple enjoyed swimming in creeks, having beers at a local college bar, and sharing a kiss in a field of long grass, making it a truly magical summer for them.
At the time of their encounter, Matthew Perry had already filmed the pilot for Friends, although the show had not yet aired. Paltrow noted that he was nervous, hoping for his big breakthrough. Eventually, Friends became an international sensation. Although their friendship eventually drifted apart, Paltrow revealed that she was always happy to see Perry whenever they crossed paths. She expressed her sadness at his passing and hoped that he had finally found peace.
Other celebrities also paid their respects to Perry. Elizabeth Hurley, who co-starred with him in the film Serving Sara, described him as an incredibly talented comedian and a lovely man. Meanwhile, Sex and the City alum Kristin Davis, who had a guest appearance on Friends, shared her sadness and thanked Perry for his contributions. Sharon Stone also took a moment to remember him on her Instagram Stories.
Matthew Perry, who had been open about his struggles with addiction, once wrote in his memoir about how he would like to be remembered. He hoped that people would recognize his work as an actor while also appreciating his efforts to help others. Despite acknowledging it may not happen, Perry wished for his acts of kindness to be listed alongside his achievements in Friends when he passed away.