Friends star Lisa Kudrow is honoring Matthew Perry in the sweetest way possible

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As someone who's in the journalism industry and having had to record myself, I can tell you that it's not easy to watch yourself. And there's some actors who definitely feel the same. You hear how some stars can't watch the shows and movies they've done because of this, while others don't mind it. Well, Friends actress Lisa Kudrow is in the former category, but she's putting that aside to honor Matthew Perry in the sweetest way possible.

Kudrow has been vocal about the fact that she doesn't like to watch herself, even on Friends. And I can totally relate to that. Though while promoting her new Apple TV+ series Time Bandits, the star shared that she has started watching the hit sitcom. And it's all to honor the late Matthew Perry. That's one of the best tributes to the actor, and it's sweet to how she's put that above her own discomfort. Here's what Kudrow told The Hollywood Reporter:

"Honestly, I wasn’t able to watch it because it’s too embarrassing to watch yourself. But if I make it about Matthew, then that’s okay. And it’s just celebrating how hilarious he was — and that is what I want to remember [about him]."

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As she's doing her own rewatch right now, Kudrow is remembering just how funny and talented all of her co-stars are. Especially Perry. "Matthew, obviously, is just uniquely hilarious. No one ever knew that cadence or comedic rhythm before him," she told THR. "You’re just laughing all day long, basically, in between the scenes, because these are funny people. And especially someone like Matthew whose goal was: How many laughs can I get in real life every day? So we were always laughing so hard, tears were flying out of our faces."

And she's definitely right! Friends is one my all-time favorite comedies and truly the ensemble cast just worked. It's like magic. Though no one brought that hilarity like Perry, he was just so special. The actor passed away Oct. 28, 2023 at the age of 54 due to acute effects of ketamine. Authorities currently have an investigation open that could implicate and charge people for the death of the actor.

As Perry mentioned in his memoir that the most important thing for him, even in terms of his mental state, was getting those laughs on the set of Friends, I think he definitely achieved that and his legacy will always be remembered. Not only for his comedic brilliance, but also the way he worked to overcome his addiction struggles and wanted to help others too. Though one of the biggest ways we, and his costars, can honor him is by rewatching Friends and reliving those amazing moments.

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