How Matt LeBlanc's Real-Life Stalker Turned Into an 'Episodes' Storyline

On the Showtime comedy, his character slept with an obsessive fan in season two after the actor fooled the creators into thinking he'd done the same in real life.
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Matt LeBlanc

We did a stalker storyline that was based on reality. David, Jeffrey and I were having dinner in London, and this woman was there watching us. I went to the bar, and she started asking me a bunch of questions. She was clearly stalking me, but harmless.

I told David and Jeffrey and they got really nervous. I thought it would be funny to wind them up and tell them that I got her number and was going to go out with her. I kept it going for a few days, and they thought I was crazy: "She's going to kill you!"

David and Jeffrey turned that into a woman from the Make-a-Wish Foundation who was stalking me [in season two] whom I slept with. But that was how they would take a seed of an idea and elaborate on it. After it was in the script, I told them I never went out with her. We had a good laugh about it.

This story first appeared in the July 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.