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People are allowing you to be a certain way, and it’s tempting to be that way.
But the trick is to have your public person be this very nice thing you co-exist with, and not let it be you.
It hasn’t been off the air since we finished shooting it, and now, with Netflix, it’s getting a new audience and I am getting recognised in the street by people who weren’t even alive when we actually shot the show . .’Not only have more than two decades passed since then, but, as Matthew himself will admit, they have not been the easiest of years, many of them taken up with his all-too-public struggle with an addiction to alcohol and prescription pills.
In 1997, following a jet-ski accident, he was prescribed pain medication by a doctor, which, he has said, ‘made me feel better than I ever felt in my entire life’, and it set off an addiction that nearly destroyed him.
” ’He won nominations for both an Emmy and a Golden Globe playing teacher Ron Clark in The Ron Clark Story in 2006; since then, he has done a couple of seasons as lawyer Joe Quincy on The West Wing, and more recently on The Good Wife, playing state governor candidate Mike Kresteva.
And that can be difficult.’One of his problems, he says, is while he has always enjoyed making people laugh — and happily still does enjoy it, because he’s very funny — for a long time he didn’t know how to turn the funny switch off.
‘I come from a funny family, and I’ve always been more comfortable in an atmosphere that was lighthearted.‘But I got to a point where I was kind of addicted to it.
Friends: Matt Le Blanc as Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller and Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green‘I’m not generally a big spender, so the first thing I bought when the show seemed to be getting successful was a really nice couch, and that seemed like a real treat at the time.
And then, during series two, I bought myself a really nice house instead! ‘It changed it in a wonderful way because I was able to have a creative output and be funny for a living.
I’ll never be involved in anything that successful again, and I certainly wouldn’t be here talking to you today if it hadn’t happened.
But it wasn’t the fix-it-all thing.‘It was like I’d wanted some attention, then I got this tremendous amount, but it wasn’t the right kind of attention.
I always wanted to fill the silence with a joke — and that’s not an especially healthy way to be. If you made a joke on the first and second date she would love it.
But if you were still making jokes on the seventh date, she’d be saying: “One more joke and I’m going to kill you!