Matthew Perry recalls a private moment he shared with Valerie Bertinelli in his memoir.
Perry had previously appeared in the 1990 CBS sitcom “Sydney,” alongside Valerie Bertinelli and Craig Bierko, before his breakthrough role in “Friends.”
However, in his upcoming memoir, Matthew Perry reveals a shocking moment with one of his “Sydney” co-stars.
In an excerpt from Matthew Perry’s memoir, “Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,” published by Page Six, the 53-year-old actor revealed that he was “madly in love” with “Sydney” co-star Valerie Bertinelli, who he played the little brother of in the sitcom.
Matthew Perry wrote in his memoir:
“I fell madly in love with Valerie Bertinelli, who was clearly in a troubled marriage. My crush was crushing; not only was she way out of my league, but she was also married to one of the most famous rock stars on the planet, Eddie Van Halen.”
Valerie Bertinelli was married to Eddie Van Halen at the time. Matthew Perry wrote about how, until this point in their relationship, he fantasized about the actress leaving her husband for him.
When they were drinking at her house, the “Friends” star revealed that he was able to confess his feelings for his co-star. While her husband, Eddie Van Halen was passed out from drinking, the two took advantage of the opportunity to kiss.
Perry recalled the moment in his memoir:
“As the night progressed, it was clear that Eddie had enjoyed the fruits of the vine a little too hard, one more time, and eventually he just passed out, not ten feet away from us, but still. This was my chance! If you think I didn’t actually have a chance in hell you’d be wrong, dear reader – Valerie and I had a long, elaborate make-out session. It was happening – maybe she felt the same way I did.”
The television sitcom “Sydney” was eventually canceled, much to Matthew Perry’s relief, because he no longer had to deal with his unrequited feelings for the actress. According to Perry’s recollection of the event, the pair expressed their feelings to each other. On the other hand, Bertinelli treated him as if nothing had happened between them the next day at work.
“Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing,” Matthew Perry’s upcoming memoir, will be released on November 1st.