Sarah Paulson fondly recalls her experiences with Matthew Perry.
The actress from American Horror Story, who shared the screen with Perry in Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, shared her thoughts on how she will cherish the memory of the actor. Speaking on The View, the 48-year-old Paulson expressed, “I just remember him as one of the most generous people on the planet.”
Paulson reminisced about a time when Perry went above and beyond to assist her in securing a role on the NBC drama series, which had a one-season run from 2006 to 2007.
“I was at a particular place in my career where I needed that job very desperately and he, because of his friendship with Amanda Peet, who was my best friend at the time, who was also on the show, they had done a movie together called The Whole Nine Yards,” she recounted. “So he asked me to meet him in the parking lot for my final audition, and I got in his car and he ran the whole scene with me multiple times so that I could have a leg up on the other performer. And I did get the job! So, I sort of credit him with taking that extra time, and he absolutely did not need to do that.”
.@MsSarahPaulson calls Matthew Perry "one of the most generous people on the planet": "He was just the kind of person that if you made him laugh or if you made him smile you felt like you had really arrived… He is a wonderful guy." pic.twitter.com/xD0fq6Y10s
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Continuing to commend his personality, Paulson remarked that the departed actor “was just the kind of person that if you made him laugh or if you made him smile, you felt like you had really arrived.”
“I had the great pleasure of making him laugh a couple of times and it made me feel really good,” she added. “He’s a wonderful guy.”
Paulson’s appearance on Tuesday’s episode of The View wasn’t the initial instance of her offering glimpses into her connection with Perry. In a 2021 guest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the Ocean’s 8 actress humorously recounted an awkward encounter she had with Perry at a “make-out party” years ago.
“I didn’t see anyone make out, but there was a hat with names in it and you were supposed to make out with whomever you pulled out of the hat,” she recollected. “And Matthew Perry pulled my name out of the hat and then promptly left the room.”
Perry passed away at the age of 54 on October 28. The cause of his death is currently pending, with no suspicion of foul play.
Following the passing of the Friends star, tributes flooded in from numerous figures in the entertainment industry, including Timothy Busfield, a colleague from Perry and Paulson’s time on Studio 60.
“Matty Perry was a gem. I had the great, good fortune to act with and also direct him on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” Busfield stated in a message shared with PEOPLE. “He was a good, good man and a sweet, funny soul who will be missed, desperately. Not only by his millions of devoted fans, but by those co-workers and friends who he made crumble to the floor with his fast and searing wit. He told me that he once spent an entire evening entertaining a famous director. Taking him to one club after another, thinking to himself ‘he really likes me, maybe he’ll hire me.'”
Busfield added, “It wasn’t until the following morning, after a great night, that he discovered it wasn’t the famous director at all. He was just some guy. He told that story on himself. That’s what kind of man he was. Happy Trails, brother. I’ll miss you.”
Bradley Whitford, another cast member of the series, posted a nostalgic video featuring the duo playfully interacting during a press interview for the show. He also praised Perry’s “huge, open heart and a pyrotechnical, joyous brain.”
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“I think the most beautiful parts of Matt made him the most vulnerable to the monster that he would have to fight for the rest of his life,” he wrote, alluding to Perry’s enduring struggle with addiction. “His battle was heroic. They don’t have award shows for that. They should.”
“Matt was full of contradictions. He was hilariously self deprecating and insecure and wildly self confident. He was a fountain of light with a huge capacity for darkness. He was profoundly blessed and terribly cursed,” he continued. “I want his parents to know that Matt was kind. Not just to his costar. To everyone.”