Here is what the 46-year-old actor had to share with the mag:
On playing himself in Episodes: “It’s a fictitious character, and you just have to approach it that way. He just happens to have the same name I do. When we were coming up with who the character was going to be, I thought it would be fun- since our salaries were all published during Friends- to make this Matt LeBlanc way, way wealthier than me…”
On people suggesting that he’s pigeonholed himself by playing Joey-in-Friends, then Joey Alone, then Matt-recovering-from-Joey: “I can think of a lot worse problems to have than being stuck with people’s perceptions of Joey. If people think that’s who I am, then I’ve done my job. Now I’m pigeonholed as an asshole version of myself. But that’s fun.”
On the publicity frenzy surrounding Friends during the height of its popularity: “The weirdest thing was walking into a room, a restaurant, a bar, a movie theater, anywhere there’s a lot of people, and everybody sort of stopping what they’re doing and taking notice you’re in the room. And they know you, or they think they do- they know your name, they know what you do for a living, they know how much money you make, they know where you’re from, but they’re all strangers to you.”
Also pictured inside: Matt attending an event to celebrate the cover on Thursday (February 20) in Boston, Mass.