Courteney Cox was originally offered the role of Rachel on Friends, but she turned it down because she felt like she related to Monica more.
Matt LeBlanc was offered the role of Phil Dunphy on Modern Family, but turned it down because he felt like the part was written with someone else in mind.
Connie Britton was one of the network’s choices to play Olivia Pope, but Shonda Rhimes insisted Olivia should be played by a black woman instead.
Taraji P. Henson was another famous person who went in to read for the role of Olivia Pope.
Lucy Hale actually auditioned for Hannah Montana when she was 15 and still lived in Tennessee, which was years before Miley Cyrus eventually got cast.
Oliver Hudson was in the final running for Jack Pearson on This Is Us, but by the time he was scheduled to screen test with Mandy Moore, Oliver went on an already-planned fishing trip instead.
Keke Palmer screen tested for the role of Iris on The Flash, but didn’t end up getting it because she looked “a little too young” compared to Grant Gustin.
Selma Blair was actually Dawson’s Creek creator Kevin Williamson’s first choice to play Joey.