Cash said Perry was correct and that a cheating arc could have altered the show.
“I think he was very right,” Cash, 54, said from her home in suburban Atlanta. “The Ross and Rachel (David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston) thing, ‘They were on a break,’ but this wouldn’t have been on a break. This would have been a decision he would have made while they were together.”
She continued: “I think it would have really changed how the audience would have (viewed) Chandler and that whole thing. I don’t know if they could have survived it.”
“Friends” still used Cash in that Season 5 episode — “The One in Vegas: Part I,” which aired on May 20, 1999 — casting her as a flight attendant.
Over the years, Cash has wondered how that potential role as Chandler’s fling could have impacted her career.
“I wonder a lot because I could have been, ‘Oh, that character that you love to hate.’ But I could have also been the girl who broke up Chandler and Monica and no one would forgive,” said Cash.
“So I could have gotten a lot of bad publicity from it. But I wouldn’t have minded finding out. But I do think it was the best decision for the show and in the end, that was the most important.”
Even though Perry ended up pulling rank to get that storyline killed, Cash said the actor never showed his displeasure during rehearsal.
“I didn’t know at all, that he had a problem with it,” she said. “But he was completely professional (during rehearsals). He made me feel very comfortable in the scene and we just had fun and we played and did what actors are supposed to do.”