Julia Roberts tested Matthew Perry before agreeing to appear on ‘Friends’

Matthew Perry and Julia Roberts hug on the set of "Friends."
Kevin Bright signed up with others in speaking to the Hollywood Press reporter in honor of the 25th anniversary of the program’s “The One After the Superbowl” episode.

“Do you know the story of how we got [Julia Roberts]? Matthew [Perry, one of the stars] asked her to be on the show,” Bright stated. “She wrote back to him, ‘Write me a paper on quantum physics and I’ll do it.’ My understanding is that Matthew went away and wrote a paper and faxed it to her the next day.”

Co-creator Marta Kauffman stated “Getting Julia Roberts was incredibly exciting.”

“We knew she would have the right touch for it,” Kauffman stated. “And when she said yes, it was pretty awesome.”

That faxing went a bit additional.

Alexa Junge, among the authors on the program, stated Roberts had an interest in Perry “from afar because he’s so charming.”

“There was a lot of flirting over faxing,” she stated. “She was giving him these questionnaires like, ‘Why should I go out with you?’ And everyone in the writers room helped him explain to her why.”

Roberts and Perry supposedly outdated briefly after her look on the program.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.