“I lost my brother to drug addiction, so I’m no stranger to how difficult a journey it is and a struggle it is,” Wheeler, 61, solely instructed Us Weekly on Tuesday, January 24, whereas selling her partnership with Worldwide Delight for its new Friends Manhattan Hazelnut Mocha creamer. “I’m so proud of Matthew and how hard he’s fought for his life.”
The New York native — who performed Perry’s character Chandler’s on once more, off once more girlfriend Janice on the NBC sequence — famous there have been “so many details” within the 53-year-old actor’s memoir, Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, that she “wasn’t aware” befell.
“He has had struggles that have been so dark and so unbearable and he’s such a survivor to still be here and to be out and sharing his story with the world,” Wheeler instructed Us. “I think it’s brave and extraordinary and I’m certain that he’s helping people by doing it.”
Perry, who portrayed Chandler Bing for 10 seasons from 1994 to 2004, detailed his battle with addiction both on the long-running show and off in his book, which hit bookshelves in November 2022.
“You can track the trajectory of my addiction if you gauge my weight from season to season — when I’m carrying weight, it’s alcohol; when I’m skinny, it’s pills,” he wrote within the memoir. “When I have a goatee, it’s lots of pills.”
The Fools Rush In actor recalled ingesting for the primary time at age 14 and getting hooked on ache capsules following a jet ski accident on a film set in 1997. After a long time of struggles and spending “upward of $7 million trying to get sober,” Perry got here out triumphant and sober by 2001.
By way of all of the highs and lows, the Friends cast remained supportive of the Odd Couple alum.
“That cast is a family. Everybody looked out for each other no matter what,” Wheeler instructed Us on Tuesday. “They became enormous celebrities together.”
She recalled the primary 12 months of manufacturing with the actors sitting in a “broken-down green room playing poker on some ratty couches.” Virtually in a single day, Wheeler mentioned there have been “fax machines working and every dressing room [had] offers and agents and managers” for the celebrities.
Whereas the Addams Household actress hasn’t spoken to Perry since she learn his guide, she has been enthusiastic about him typically. “Just before I left to come on this trip, I said, ‘I really need to write to him and let him know how, how much I love him. And that I was honored to read it,’” she defined.
Wheeler remembered studying how a lot Perry struggled as soon as Pals got here to an finish, telling Us she felt one thing related. “I remember how sad I was,” she recalled. “It felt like really the end of an extraordinary chapter.”
The Archer star famous that her expertise as a visitor star was “a little bit different” from the core six stars: Perry, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow.
“It was there every day, 24/7 experience,” Wheeler mentioned. “The recovery period from that is different than it was for me. But it also felt like a tremendous loss to let it go close the door.”
The Vacation Hostage actress, nonetheless, continues to be celebrating her time on Friends, most lately teaming up with Worldwide Delight to advertise their new limited-edition creamer, Pals Manhattan Hazelnut Mocha, impressed the hit sitcom.
“It’s delicious. It has hazelnut and mocha and it’s so reminiscent of the show. It’s inspired by the Manhattan Mocha, which is a coffee that’s served at Central Perk,” she instructed Us referring to the present’s iconic hangout spot. “It’s on the chalkboard. Fans will have noticed if they were looking closely at what was served on that chalkboard.”
Wheeler even recalled shooting her first scene with Perry, saying, “Chandler, he brings me that huge cup of coffee. So [the creamer] really is just reminiscent of my time on Friends.”
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With reporting by Christina Garibaldi
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