Matthew Perry says his Buddies co-star Jennifer Aniston actually was there for him when he was fighting dependancy.
In a trailer launched Friday of Perry’s Oct. 28 sit-down with ABC Information journalist Diane Sawyer, Sawyer asks the actor in regards to the time Aniston — whom he calls Jenny — confronted him. She stated, as Sawyer places it, “We all know you are consuming.”
Perry says sure.
“Think about how scary a second that was,” he provides. “She was the one who reached out probably the most, you realize. I am actually grateful to her for that.”
The actor, who’s struggled with dependancy all through his profession, has stated that he had an issue with substances even on the peak of his profession. He writes about his experiences in his new e book, Buddies, Lovers, and the Huge Horrible Factor: A Memoir, which comes out Nov. 1.
Perry advised Folks this week that his alcoholism was simply starting when he was solid as Chandler Bing on the phenomenally widespread sitcom. As he defined to the journal, issues escalated and, 4 years in the past, he practically died. Whereas he advised the general public that he was being handled for a gastrointestinal perforation, the reality was that his colon had burst from utilizing opioids. Perry was within the hospital for 5 months — two weeks of which he was in a coma — and wore a colostomy bag for 9 months.
Within the new clip, he tells Sawyer that he additionally was as soon as taking “55 Vicodin a day,” in addition to a number of substances that she lists: Methadone, Xanax and a full quart of vodka.
“On the time I ought to have been the toast of the city,” Perry says. “I used to be in a darkish room assembly nothing however drug sellers and utterly alone.”
Perry famous to Folks, nevertheless, that his co-stars within the Buddies solid — Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow and David Schwimmer — had been all supportive, “understanding” and “affected person.”
“It is like penguins,” Perry stated. “Penguins, in nature, when one is sick, or when one may be very injured, the opposite penguins encompass it and prop it up. They stroll round it till that penguin can stroll by itself. That is form of what the solid did for me.”
He is stated that he is sober now, and declined to say how lengthy that had been the case. However he does rely the times.
“It is necessary, however for those who lose your sobriety, it does not imply you lose all that point and training. Your sober date modifications, however that is all that modifications,” he stated. “You realize the whole lot you knew earlier than, so long as you had been capable of battle your manner again with out dying, you be taught loads.”
Matthew Perry – The Diane Sawyer Interview airs Friday, Oct. 28 at 9 p.m. on ABC.