Courteney Cox Reflects on ‘Thousands of Moments’ with Matthew Perry, Her ‘Kind’ On-Screen Partner

Following the passing of her TV spouse, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox is recalling the beautiful times they shared.

In an Instagram memorial on Tuesday, Cox, who played Monica Geller on Friends and married Perry’s Chandler Bing, reminisced on Perry’s death, which occurred on Oct. 28 after an apparent drowning at his home in Los Angeles.

She is so thankful for every moment she had with him, Matty, and she misses him every day, she wrote alongside an NBC comedy clip.

She said that when one works with someone as closely as she did with Matthew, there are thousands of moments she hope she could share. For now here’s one of her favorites.

Ross Geller (David Schwimmer) comes in on Chandler, laying in bed in the moment. He enthusiastically announces that he is getting married that day, but as he leaves the room, Monica emerges from behind the blankets and asks if Ross knew she was there.

Cox said in her caption- To give one a little backstory, Chandler and Monica were intended to have a one-night fling in London. However, due of the audience’s response, it became the start of their love story. Before they started filming, he whispered a humorous sentence for her to say. He did stuff like that all the time. He was both hilarious and nice.

After the successful ’90s sitcom closed in 2004, Cox and Perry stayed present in one another’s lives and frequently reconnected—and shared some of those reunions with their fans.

Cox uploaded a photo of herself with Perry on Instagram in 2019, referencing Chandler’s famed snarky tone in the comment, “Guess who I had lunch with today….I KNOW!!” Could I BE any happier? #realfriends.”

Lisa Kudrow, who portrayed Phoebe Buffay on the NBC comedy, commented on the image, saying, “Lucky lucky. #beautifulpeople.”

Perry’s reconnection happened after he was incapacitated for three months due to a gastrointestinal perforation. At the time, a source said that Perry “was very sick when he was hospitalized; his condition was very serious.”

Other romantic moments on social media have included the couple returning to the screen together, celebrating birthdays, and poking fun at each other in classic Chandler and Monica fashion.

Cox appeared as a prospective love interest for Perry’s character in the NBC comedy Go In in 2013. Despite not being the perfect match, fans and celebrities alike enjoyed seeing the old TV couple back on film together.

“Some ladies can even make a cemetery look good,” Perry tweeted, sharing a shot from her filming with Cox. “Thanks for joining us CC! #GoOn.”

She also uploaded a photo from the set, calling Perry her “first box husband,” referring to their on-screen romance on Friends.

During the pandemic, Cox got on the TikTok bandwagon, sharing her own take on a popular dance to Lil Jackie’s “Slidegang!” — and quipped that her dance talents could be causing her daughter, Coco Arquette, to distance herself.

“Could this be why Coco and Johnny are socially distancing themselves from me?” She captioned the Instagram video, which poked fun of quarantine life with Coco and her longtime partner Johnny McDaid.

Perry reacted to the video, apparently perplexed by what he had just seen, with his usual Chandler snark, “Hi honey, what the hell just happened?”

Cox posted a snapshot of herself with Perry on her Instagram Story on Perry’s 52nd birthday in 2021, commenting, “Happy Birthday to one of the funniest people ‘I KNOW’.” The remark alluded to one of Chandler’s most famous lines from the comedy.

Cox talked to The Sunday Times regarding Perry’s health in recent years shortly after the Friends: The Reunion show aired in 2021.

Cox said that he’s just been struggling for a while. She believes he’s doing really well right now.

She also pondered his remarks during the HBO Max special, in which he revealed that his depiction of Chandler Bing and the audience’s reaction to his performance had a significant impact on his mental health. “For me, I felt like I was going to die if they didn’t laugh,” Perry shared.

That was a lot of stress he put on himself, Cox said of her friend’s troubles. That’s a lot when one considers how much he relied on it for his own self-worth.

Perry thanked Cox, Kudrow, and their other Friends castmates—Swimmerer, Jennifer Aniston, and Matt LeBlanc—for their support while he struggled with alcoholism and addiction over the course of the comedy.

“They were understanding, and they were patient,” he said in 2022. “It’s similar to penguins.” When a penguin is sick or injured in nature, the other penguins surround it, support it up, and wander around until that penguin can walk on its own. That’s exactly what the cast did for me.”

“It’s a group that is really close and tight-knit… and loves each other,” he said of his former castmates.

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