17 Mar 2017 03:53 PM EST
As if we needed another reason to love Justin Trudeau. He was the favored punching bag of Matthew Perry and a friend when they were growing up in Canada.
Trudeau is 45 and the oldest son of the former Prime Minister of Canada, Pierre Trudeau, and was born in Ottawa. He worked as a teacher for awhile and tried moving in a few different areas in his schooling before finally getting into politics himself in 2008. In 2015 he won the election to become the new Prime Minister.
Perry is a couple years older than Trudeau. While he was born in Massachusetts, after his parents' divorce he was raised in Ottawa by his mother who was the former press secretary to Pierre Trudeau when he was in office. Perry's father is an actor and former model. Of course, the younger Perry is most well-known for his role of Chandler Bing on Friends, and he followed that up with a few films including Fools Rush In and 17 Again. Currently, he is co-starring in the revamped version of The Odd Couple.
In a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Perry revealed that he has a history with Trudeau. They went to elementary school together.
"I have a story about him that I'm not proud of ... My friend Chris Murray, who was also in the fifth grade in Canada, reminded me we actually beat up Justin Trudeau," he explained. From what he recalls, the feud was just over "pure jealousy."
"I think he was excelling in a sport," Perry said of the young Trudeau. "He was the only kid in school that we could beat up."
The actor wants it known, though, that he was a little embarrassed of his actions as a 10-year-old.
"I'm not bragging about this. It's terrible. I was a stupid kid – I didn't want to beat him up," he said.
But he also seems to have found a way to make peace with his actions.
"I think it was rather instrumental in him going to such great heights and becoming the prime minister," he declared. "I think he said, 'I'm going to rise above this, and I'm going to become prime minister."
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