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    Matthew Perry Opened Up About The Anxiety He Felt "Every Single Night" While Filming "Friends"

    "It's not healthy, for sure."

    In case you didn't know, the Friends reunion is now available to stream on HBO Max.

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    During the reunion special, Matthew Perry (who, as you probably know, played Chandler Bing in the TV series) opened up about how he felt about filming in front of a live studio audience.

    The cast of Friends sits on the couch during the Friends reunion
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    "To me, I felt like I was going to die if they didn't laugh," he said. "And it's not healthy, for sure."

    Perry puts his hand on David Schwimmer's shoulder during the Friends reunion
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    "But I would sometimes say a line and they wouldn't laugh, and I would sweat and just go into convulsions."

    The cast of Friends sits in front of the iconic fountain during the Friends reunion
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    "If I didn't get the laugh I was supposed to get, I would freak out."

    Perry sits in front of a duck in Friends
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    After former Friends co-star Lisa Kudrow said that he never told the rest of the cast he felt that way, Perry replied, "I felt like that every single night."

    Perry in a promo photo for Friends
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    This isn't the first time Perry has talked about his personal struggles while filming Friends. He's been open in the past about having "a big problem with alcohol and pills" at the height of the show's popularity, and in 2016 he claimed that he "couldn't remember" filming several seasons of the show due to substance abuse issues.

    Matt LeBlanc, Courteney Cox, Perry, and Kudrow in Friends
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    Something clicked,” he told People back in 2013 about the point in which he decided to embrace sobriety. “You have to want the help.”

    LeBlanc and Perry at the debut of Perry's play The End of Longing in 2016
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    The National Alliance on Mental Illness is 1-888-950-6264 (NAMI) and provides information and referral services; GoodTherapy.org is an association of mental health professionals from more than 25 countries who support efforts to reduce harm in therapy.

    If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, you can call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) and find more resources here.

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