21 Famous TV Roles That Almost Went To Other Celebrities

21 Famous TV Roles That Almost Went To Other Celebrities


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.

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Jane Krakowski, Tiffani Thiessen, and Téa Leoni auditioned for Rachel too.

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Kathy Griffin and Jane Lynch also auditioned for Phoebe.

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Years later, Elle’s older sister Dakota ended up getting cast in the 10th season of Friends.


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.

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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.

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Taraji P. Henson was another famous person who went in to read for the role of Olivia Pope.

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Ashley Olsen was also pitched to play Blair Waldorf.

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John Cusack also turned down the role.

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Steve’s series got canceled though, which freed him up to play Michael. Bob also made a cameo later on in the series.

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Nathan Lane, Steve Buscemi, and Paul Shaffer were also brought in to audition for George. Danny DeVito was offered the role but turned it down.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Selma Blair was actually Dawson’s Creek creator Kevin Williamson’s first choice to play Joey.

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