Janice loves Chandler! Maggie Wheeler revealed she “learn each phrase” of Mates costar Matthew Perry’s memoir — and couldn’t be extra proud.
“I misplaced my brother to drug dependancy, so I’m no stranger to how tough a journey it’s and a wrestle it’s,” Wheeler, 61, solely informed Us Weekly on Tuesday, January 24, whereas selling her partnership with Worldwide Delight for its new Friends Manhattan Hazelnut Mocha creamer. “I’m so pleased with Matthew and the way laborious 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 particulars” within the 53-year-old actor’s memoir, Mates, Lovers and the Massive Horrible Factor, that she “wasn’t conscious” befell.
“He has had struggles which have been so darkish and so insufferable and he’s such a survivor to nonetheless be right here and to be out and sharing his story with the world,” Wheeler informed Us. “I feel it’s courageous and extraordinary and I’m sure that he’s serving to folks by doing it.”
Perry, who portrayed Chandler Bing for 10 seasons from 1994 to 2004, detailed his battle with dependancy each on the long-running present and off in his e book, which hit bookshelves in November 2022.
“You may observe the trajectory of my dependancy if you happen to gauge my weight from season to season — once I’m carrying weight, it’s alcohol; once I’m skinny, it’s tablets,” he wrote within the memoir. “When I’ve a goatee, it’s a number of tablets.”
The Fools Rush In actor recalled ingesting for the primary time at age 14 and getting hooked on ache tablets following a jet ski accident on a film set in 1997. After many years of struggles and spending “upward of $7 million attempting to get sober,” Perry got here out triumphant and sober by 2001.
By all of the highs and lows, the Mates solid remained supportive of the Odd Couple alum.
“That solid is a household. All people appeared out for one another it doesn’t matter what,” Wheeler informed Us on Tuesday. “They turned huge celebrities collectively.”
She recalled the primary 12 months of manufacturing with the actors sitting in a “broken-down inexperienced room taking part in poker on some ratty couches.” Nearly in a single day, Wheeler mentioned there have been “fax machines working and each dressing room [had] provides and brokers and managers” for the celebs.
Whereas the Addams Household actress hasn’t spoken to Perry since she learn his e book, she has been fascinated by him usually. “Simply earlier than I left to return on this journey, I mentioned, ‘I really want to write down to him and let him know the way, how a lot I like him. And that I used to be honored to learn it,’” she defined.
Wheeler remembered studying how a lot Perry struggled as soon as Mates got here to an finish, telling Us she felt one thing related. “I keep in mind how unhappy I used to be,” she recalled. “It felt like actually the top of a rare chapter.”
The Archer star famous that her expertise as a visitor star was “just a little bit totally different” from the core six stars: Perry, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow.
“It was there each day, 24/7 expertise,” Wheeler mentioned. “The restoration interval from that’s totally different than it was for me. But it surely additionally felt like an incredible loss to let it go shut the door.”
The Vacation Hostage actress, nonetheless, remains to be celebrating her time on Mates, most not too long ago teaming up with Worldwide Delight to advertise their new limited-edition creamer, Mates Manhattan Hazelnut Mocha, impressed the hit sitcom.
“It’s scrumptious. It has hazelnut and mocha and it’s so paying homage to the present. It’s impressed by the Manhattan Mocha, which is a espresso that’s served at Central Perk,” she informed Us referring to the present’s iconic hangout spot. “It’s on the chalkboard. Followers may have seen in the event that they had been wanting intently at what was served on that chalkboard.”
Wheeler even recalled capturing her first scene with Perry, saying, “Chandler, he brings me that vast cup of espresso. So [the creamer] actually is simply paying homage to my time on Mates.”
Get your fingers on the Friends Manhattan Hazelnut Mocha right here.
With reporting by Christina Garibaldi