Denise Richards has been a powerhouse entertainer since her earliest days on set. The model-turned-actress started her resume with roles on various hit series such as Saved by the Bell, Married… with Children, Beverly Hills, 90210 and Seinfeld to name a few. In 2012, Richards revealed in an interview with life coach Erica Diamond that she always wanted to be a Hollywood actress. After her family moved to California from Illinois, her dreams soon took off. “I started out in modeling and then got into acting. I started taking acting classes and got a few cameos,” Richards said. “I was lucky – I was able to support myself even with these small jobs.”
Richards quickly became a household name after her breakthrough role as Carmen Ibanez in the 1997 sci-fi film Starship Troopers. As her film career continued to soar with roles in films such as Wild Things and Valentine, Richards persisted in making sporadic television appearances. That includes a role in one of the most popular shows of the ’90s and ’00s. For this project, she portrayed a character related to two of the show’s stars.
Denise Richards played Ross and Monica’s cousin Cassie Geller on Friends
Denise Richards landed a memorable role in a 2001 episode of the hit NBC series Friends. In the season 7 episode, Richards portrayed Cassie Geller, the cousin of Ross (David Schwimmer) and Monica (Courteney Cox). In an awkward turn of events, Ross developed feelings for Cassie during the episode. However, when he attempts to attack her while the two are watching a movie together, Ross is quickly silenced. He wasn’t the only character who had a crush on Cassie; Both Chandler, played by Matthew Perry, and Phoebe, played by Lisa Kudrow, are attracted to Richard’s character as she lets her hair down on two separate occasions.
Many years after the episode aired, Richards’ performance experienced a renewed surge in popularity on the Internet. The actress spoke to Entertainment Weekly about her 2020 cameo in Friends. During the chat, Richards explained how she discovered through her daughter that the scene in which she lets her hair down had recently gone viral on TikTok. “My daughter sent it to me and she was so excited,” Richards said. “I was like, ‘I don’t even know who did this, but thanks!'” She then added that the viral cameo made her seem like “the coolest mom” in her daughter’s eyes. Since landing that role on the hit sitcom, Richards has landed many other memorable television roles.
Denise Richards is still a TV queen
After her cameo as Cassie Geller on Friends, Denise Richards has said yes to several television appearances when she’s not working on blockbuster movies. For example, Richards appeared shortly after his portrayal of Cassie in another hit series, Spin City.
She later guest-starred on a sitcom with her ex-husband Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men, and two episodes of 30 Rock. Richards has also starred in numerous TV shows such as The Bold and the Beautiful, for which she played the role of Shauna Fulton from 2019 to 2021, according to the interview.
“We shoot two episodes a day,” Richards said, before adding, “I’m shocked at how many pages I can remember. On my first big day on ‘Bold and the Beautiful’ I had over 50 pages of dialogue, I think.” In addition to script roles like this, Richards ventured into reality television when she appeared in 45 episodes from 2015-2020 on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”. Chatting with Parade in August 2021, the “Secret Lives of The Cheerleading star left the door open to a potential return to the fan-favorite show, saying, “Never say never, I always say.”