Could He Be Any More Foolish? Sarah Paulson Reveals Matthew Perry Once Shot Her Down At A Make-Out Party

Jun. 22 2021, Published 1:49 p.m. ET

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The one where Chandler Bing almost swapped spit with Nurse Mildred Ratched.

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During her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday, June 21, Sarah Paulson revealed that Matthew Perry shot her down at a “make-out party” thrown by Gore Vidal.

“I didn’t see anyone make out, but there was a hat with names in it, and you were supposed to make out with whomever you pulled out of the hat,” the 46-year-old revealed of the event, which the late Carrie Fisher invited her to. “Matthew Perry pulled my name out of the hat, and promptly left the room.”

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“I saw him, and he was like, ‘Oh well, I got you,’ and I was like, ‘Well, let’s kiss,’” she continued. “And he was like, no.”

But Perry had his reasons, the American Horror Story explained, noting she and the Friends alum, 51, shared a mutual friend and that it would have been “awkward.”

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However, Paulson eventually got pecked by Perry when the two starred as lovers in 2008’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: “I got my kiss, I got several kisses — and boy, did he regret not taking me up .. at Gore Vidal’s make-out party.”

During his heyday, Perry had quite the reputation as a ladies' man. He dated a bevy of Hollywood beauties, including Julia Roberts, Baywatch alum Yasmine Bleeth and Mean Girls' Lizzy Caplan.

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Most recently, he was engaged to talent manager Molly Hurtwitz — but he called things off in June. “Sometimes things just don’t work out,” Perry said in a statement at the time, “and this is one of them.”

Meanwhile, Perry has been making headlines as of late following his appearance on HBO Max’s Friends: The Reunion. The 17 Again star — who has famously battled substance abuse issues — sparked concern when he appeared to slur his speech while filming a promo for the special. (However, a source later confirmed that his slurred speech was due to an emergency dental procedure he had done that day.)

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In 2016, Perry admitted to BBC Radio 2 that his addiction has impacted the way he remembers the beloved NBC sitcom. "I don’t remember three years of it," he said of Friends. "I was a little out of it at the time — somewhere between seasons three and six."

Kimmel, 53, and Paulson seemingly referenced Perry's issues while discussing their chat. The late-night host quipped, “I think Matthew might not remember some of those nights,” prompting the Ratched star to agree: “He probably thinks we did make out at that party.”


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