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Aisha Tyler on How Matthew Perry Helped Her Overcome ‘Friends’ Fears

Key Points:

  • Matthew Perry helped Aisha Tyler overcome her stage fright on Friends.
  • Tyler was initially petrified on set but Perry’s kindness eased her fears.
  • Tyler’s career flourished after her role as Charlie Wheeler on Friends.

Aisha Tyler, who played professor Charlie Wheeler in the final two seasons of Friends, recently opened up about how Matthew Perry helped her overcome severe stage fright. Joining a show as massive as Friends was intimidating, but Perry’s kindness and support made a significant impact on her early days on set, helping her transition smoothly into her role.

How Did Matthew Perry Help Aisha Tyler Overcome Her Fears?

Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing - Friends
Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing – Friends

In an interview with ET, Tyler recalled being “petrified” during her initial days on the Friends set. As a huge fan of the show, the pressure to perform was immense. Perry, who played Chandler Bing, offered comforting words during a curtain call, telling her, “Get ready for your life to change.” This encouragement came at a crucial moment, helping Tyler to manage her fear and focus on her performance. Perry’s reassurance was a testament to his supportive nature, making a lasting impression on Tyler.

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What Was Aisha Tyler’s Role in Friends?

Aisha Tyler - Friends
Aisha Tyler – Friends

Tyler joined Friends as Charlie Wheeler, a professor of paleontology who becomes romantically involved with Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) and later Ross Geller (David Schwimmer). Her character was introduced in Season 9 and brought a fresh dynamic to the beloved sitcom. Tyler’s portrayal of Charlie was well-received, and her time on the show helped boost her acting career. Post-Friends, Tyler appeared in various popular TV shows, including Nip/Tuck, CSI, and 24, and became a co-host on CBS’s The Talk, where she won a Daytime Emmy.

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Tyler’s initial fear was understandable, given Friends’ massive global popularity. However, her familiarity with the show’s humor and dynamics helped her fit in seamlessly. Tyler admired the cast’s unique delivery and wordplay, which she had studied as a fan, allowing her to contribute effectively to the show’s comedy.

All ten seasons of Friends are currently available for streaming on HBO Max.

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