Matthew Perry makes a rare cameo on Courteney Cox's Instagram: 'Real friends'

Suzy Byrne

Courteney Cox had a very special Friend make a cameo in her Instagram feed on Thursday: Matthew Perry.

“Guess who I had lunch with today,” she wrote, “ I KNOW!! Could I BE any happier? #realfriends.”

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The characters Cox, 55, and Perry, 50, played on the show, Monica and Chandler, were of course romantically entwined on their long-running NBC show, and became parents in the finale.

The 2001 Friends episode "The One With Monica and Chandler's Wedding." (Photo: Danny Feld/NBCU Photo Bank)
The 2001 Friends episode "The One With Monica and Chandler's Wedding." (Photo: Danny Feld/NBCU Photo Bank)

Their Friends co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow commented on the social media snapshot — as did others, including Allison Janney, Christa B. Miller and Eric Stonestreet.

(Screenshot: Courteney Cox via Instagram)
(Screenshot: Courteney Cox via Instagram)
(Screenshot: Courteney Cox via Instagram)
(Screenshot: Courteney Cox via Instagram)
(Screenshot: Courteney Cox via Instagram)
(Screenshot: Courteney Cox via Instagram)
(Screenshot: Courteney Cox via Instagram)
(Screenshot: Courteney Cox via Instagram)
(Screenshot: Courteney Cox via Instagram)
(Screenshot: Courteney Cox via Instagram)

Some even asked about the twins.

(Screenshot: Courteney Cox via Instagram)
(Screenshot: Courteney Cox via Instagram)

While there are lots of Friends reunions — on Thursday night, Cox and Lisa Kudrow helped honor Jennifer Aniston as she received the Artists Inspiration Award at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's 4th Annual Patron of the Artists Awards — Perry typically isn’t among them. His last red carpet was in 2017 — and that year was also the last time we saw him on-screen.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 07: (L-R) Courteney Cox, winner of the 'Artists Inspiration Award' Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow attend SAG-AFTRA Foundation's 4th Annual Patron of the Artists Awards at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on November 07, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images for SAG-AFTRA Foundation)
Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow supported Artists Inspiration Award winner Jennifer Aniston at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's 4th Annual Patron of the Artists Awards on Nov. 7. (Photo: Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images for SAG-AFTRA Foundation)

However, Perry was there when all six Friends co-stars caught up. Aniston shared the photo — also including Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer — when she recently joined Instagram

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Perry, who has long struggled with addiction, has had health woes he’s been dealing with. Last year, he was hospitalized for three months while recovering from surgery for a gastrointestinal perforation.

In June, photos of him looking “disheveled” with unkempt fingernails while out in NYC raised concern from fans. However, he humorously responded to the chatter, making a joke about needing a manicure.

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