Ione Skye Shares the Last Heartfelt Messages Between Her and Matthew Perry
The world recently mourned the tragic loss of beloved actor Matthew Perry who was found dead in his Los Angeles home on a fateful Saturday. Among those who shared their grief was actress Ione Skye, who had a special bond with Perry, having shared the screen with him in his film debut, A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon in 1988. Skye, now 53, took to Instagram to commemorate the memory of her dear friend, sharing their last heartwarming text exchange and a throwback photo that takes us back to their youth.
Matthew Perry’s career in the world of cinema began with the film, A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, directed by William Richert. In this coming-of-age drama adapted from Richert’s novel, Aren’t You Even Gonna Kiss Me Goodbye?, River Phoenix played the main character, Jimmy Reardon, a middle-class young man navigating life’s challenges after high school.
Perry portrayed his privileged best friend, Fred Roberts, while Ione Skye took on the role of Denise Hunter, his girlfriend. It was this movie that marked the start of a special friendship between Skye and Perry, one that lasted for decades.
On October 15, just 2 weeks before Perry’s untimely death, Skye received a heartfelt message from him. Perry’s text began with, “Hi! I hope all is well. I was meditating (I meditate now) and ’In Your Eyes’ started playing. And I instantly thought of how beautiful you are.”
This was a sweet reference to the iconic scene from Skye’s 1989 film, Say Anything. Skye responded warmly, expressing her joy at hearing from Perry and assuring him of her cherished memories, writing, “Good to hear from you. I only have nice memories with you.”
The text exchange between the 2 actors was a testament to the genuine bond they shared. Perry’s message conveyed his fondness for Skye, and her response reflected the affection they had for one another. Perry’s words, which read, “Me too. That one afternoon, I was just sitting in my apartment, and there you were,” captured the spontaneous and enduring nature of their friendship.
Skye, best known for her role in Say Anything, shared her deep sadness on Instagram with a throwback photo of her and Perry, which highlighted their youth and their connection. In her heartfelt caption, Skye wrote, “My last exchange a week ago. I’m very, very sad. Loved this guy.” The post not only highlighted their friendship but also celebrated the memories they created together.
Matthew Perry, in an interview conducted a year before his tragic passing, revealed his desire to be remembered not only as an actor but as someone who “lived well, loved well, was a seeker,” and above all, as someone who wanted to help people. Perry’s profound wish to make a difference in the lives of others demonstrates the depth of his character beyond his on-screen persona.
The loss of Matthew Perry is deeply felt by his family, friends, and fans around the world. Perry’s wish to be remembered for his compassion and his desire to help people is a testament to the kind of person he was. While he may be remembered for his iconic role in Friends, it’s his spirit of benevolence and friendship that will forever be cherished by those who knew and loved him.