Gwyneth Paltrow pays moving tribute to her ex Matthew Perry as she reminisces about how they ‘kissed in a field of long grass’ during ‘magical summer’ before Friends aired
Gwyneth Paltrow has recalled the romantic moment she shared with ex Matthew Perry as she joined the many celebrities in paying tribute to the star following his death at age 54.
The Oscar winner, 51, recalled kissing him ‘in a field of long grass’ during a ‘magical summer’ they shared shortly before he catapulted to fame on Friends.
‘I met Matthew Perry in 1993 at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts,’ she recalled. ‘We were both there for most of the summer doing plays.’
The Emma star remembered him as ‘so funny and so sweet and so much fun to be with,’ as she intimated their relationship was more than friendly.
‘We drove out to swim in creeks, had beers in the local college bar, kissed in a field of long grass,’ she revealed, adding, ‘It was a magical summer.’
Magical summer: Gwyneth Paltrow remembered a ‘magical summer’ she shared with Matthew Perry while they were both performing in Summer stock in 1994 in a sweet tribute to the late actor who died Saturday at age 54
Gwyneth wrote that at the time of their meeting the actor had already shot the pilot for Friends, but the show that would become an international sensation had not aired yet.
‘He was nervous, hoping his big break was just around the corner. It was.’
The Shakespeare in Love star said, ‘We stayed friends for a while until we drifted apart, but I was always happy to see him when I did.’
‘I am super sad today, as so many of us are. I hope Matthew is at peace at long last. I really do.’
Loving memories: The Oscar winner shared loving memories of her time with the Friends actor in a social media post Sunday
Elizabeth Hurley, 58, paid her own loving tribute to her former co-star.
‘RIP Matthew Perry. So sad to hear the news of his passing. He was an incredibly talented comedian and a lovely man x.’
The two starred in the 2002 romantic comedy Serving Sara together.
The film gave the actor the chance to showcase his physical comedy abilities as a process server who tracks down Sara, only to turn the tables on her former business partner and serve him.
Lovely man: Elizabeth Hurley, 58, Elizabeth Hurley, 58, paid her own loving tribute to her former co-star. ‘RIP Matthew Perry. So sad to hear the news of his passing. He was an incredibly talented comedian and a lovely man x’
Serving Sara: The two starred in the 2002 romantic comedy Serving Sara
In his memoir, Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, Matthew wrote that his addiction issues resulted in the set being shut down for more than two months.
The actress said while he had been a nightmare to work with before he went to rehab, but when he returned to the set, she told Yahoo! Entertainment, he was ‘fabulous.’
‘He was having a tough time, but he was still very charming and a lovely person to work with, but you could see he was suffering for sure.
Gift: Sex and the City alum Kristin Davis, 58, shared a ‘breaking news’ announcement of the actor’s passing writing, ‘I am so sad, as I know so many of you are too. Thank you Matthew for all you have done for others and for giving your gift to us’
Statement: On her Instagram Stories, Kristin shared a statement from Matthew about how he hoped to be remembered
Sex and the City alum Kristin Davis, 58, who had a guest starring spot on Friends as a potential love interest for Matt LeBlanc’s Joey, shared a ‘breaking news’ announcement of the actor’s passing writing, ‘I am so sad, as I know so many of you are too.’
‘Thank you Matthew for all you have done for others and for giving your gift to us.’
The And Just Like That star denied rumors she was dating the actor in 2006.
She also shared a statement from Matthew, who had been open about his struggles with drugs and alcohol, about how he would like to be remembered.
‘When I die,’ he wrote, ‘I know people will talk about Friends, Friends, Friends. I’m glad of that, happy I’ve done some solid work as an actor, as well as given people multiple changes to make fun of my struggles on the world wide web…’
‘But when I die, as far as my so-called accomplishments go, it would be nice if Friends were listed far behind the things I did to try to help other people.’
‘I know it won’t happen, but it would be nice.’
Belly laughs: Brooke Shields, who had aa guest star spot on Friends in 1996 as a woman obsessed with Joey’s Days of our Lives character, Dr. Drake Ramoray remembered her time on the set fondly. ‘Thank you for the belly laughs. You brought joy to so many’
Brooke Shields, who had a guest star spot on Friends in 1996 as a woman obsessed with Joey’s Days of our Lives character, Dr. Drake Ramoray remembered her time on the set fondly.
‘Really struggling to find the words,’ she admitted.
‘You were so loved, Matthew. I loved you dearly. Thank you for the belly laughs. You brought joy to so many. We already miss you… sending all of my love to your family & friends.’
Entertainment reporter Billy Bush shared a lengthy tribute to the star.
Fond memories: ‘That’s the guy I remember.’ Billy Bush wrote. ‘Kind, a little shy but charming, gracious and handsome. A “quiet keep to myself kinda fella” as he put it. #ripmathewperry’
Fatigue: In his tribute to Matthew, the Extra host wrote that the woman who played pickleball with the actor daily said he had been ‘fatigued… over the past week’
‘His legacy: hero to fellow sufferers. I think he won his battle with addiction but it was a Pyrrhic victory. It took everything out of him.’
He called the late actor ‘the guy you wanted to be friends with and to women…the perfect boyfriend. Everyone had a crush on Chandler Bing.’
‘That role came up and he met that opportunity with precision. He nailed it and his mark is indelible.’
Sharing information about Matthew’s efforts to maintain his sobriety, Billy mentioned the former tennis players love of Pickleball.
‘He played every day and sometimes twice. It regulated his days.’
Simple memorial: Sharon Stone shared a simple memorial for the actor, writing ‘Rest in Peace’ above his photo in her Instagram Stories
The Extra host gave some insight to the state of Matthew’s health in his final days.
‘I spoke to the woman he played with this morning and every morning. She is in shock, adored Matt…she said he had been fatigued today and over the past week. A little more than usual,’ he revealed of his conversation.
‘I’m grateful to have known him, admired his courage under the grips of a relentless disease and will pay tribute in a BIG way Monday on #extratv,’ he concluded.
Sharon Stone shared a simple memorial in her Instagram Stories, writing ‘Rest in Peace’ above his photo.