“I was told that [Perry] went to the writers and said the audience will never forgive him for cheating on Monica, which ― he was probably right,” Lisa Cash told TMZ in an interview posted early Monday. “That would have changed possibly the course of the show, and of his character.”
Cash said they had fully rehearsed the scene for the 1999 episode, set in Las Vegas. After Chandler and Monica Geller (Courteney Cox) had a fight, a solo Chandler was to order room service and connect so well with the server, to be played by Cash, that they would have a tryst.
Cash was grateful to ultimately be given a less consequential part as a flight attendant, but she said she does wonder how her original role might have affected her career. “It could have been kind of a game changer,” she said.
To date, Cash has logged a total of 18 screen credits, according to IMDb, but potentially breaking up one of sitcom history’s most famous couples would certainly have granted her notoriety.
Still, she remembers her time working with Perry fondly.
“I was new to the industry, and it could have been really intimidating for me ― like, Season 5 of ‘Friends,’ and a scene with Matthew Perry!” she told TMZ. “But I just felt so comfortable, and he was really likable and welcoming and just made me feel at ease ... It was just really fun doing the scene with him.”
Perry was found dead in a hot tub at his home in Los Angeles on Oct. 28. HuffPost has reached out to “Friends” producers for comment.
Here’s Cash as the flight attendant: