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Matt LeBlanc: We're all damaged

Matt LeBlanc has reassured fans that celebrities "are just as damaged as anyone else", and that showbiz isn't all about glamour.

The American actor rose to worldwide fame thanks to his role as Joey Tribbiani in Friends, and has starred in countless movies and TV shows over the years.

Far from leading a life of glitz and glamour, Matt reveals that the public's view of famous folk is a world away from the truth.

"The public's perception is that it's a lot of glamour and everything's great and that you don't have problems. The reality is celebrities are just as damaged as anyone else can be. It's not all glamour," Matt mused to British newspaper Metro. "That's what the lights and cameras are for. Behind the scenes, there's hard work anxiety and disappointment, which all go along with it to make it interesting."

After Friends wrapped in 2004, Matt was given his own spin off show Joey. The series wasn't the hit it was expected to be and lead to the 46-year-old old star taking time out of Hollywood.

The third series of his latest venture Episodes airs on British TV tonight, with the successful show already lining up its next season, slated for a 2015 release.

After more than 25 years in the industry, Matt's successful career has not only landed him a best comedy actor Golden Globe, but also important life lessons.

"[I've learnt] that a good work ethic pays off and what goes around comes around. Just basically the golden rule in life - treat people how you want to be treated yourself.

"I've treated people with respect in my career and I've received it in return. Your reputation precedes you in this business, so if you're an a*shole on a constant basis, that gets around fast," he smiled.

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