Actors who have almost played different roles on television
Pedro Pascal as The originals vamp Marcel Gerard?! Chris Pine as COis the so-called bad boy Ryan Atwood? ! And Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Lucas’ Uncle Keith in A tree hill?! These are just a few of the alternate casting storylines that could have been aligned slightly differently with the TV stars.
Below, TVLine has collected more than 30 stories from actors and actresses who auditioned for characters on popular shows like True Blood, Gilmore Girls and Friday night lights. Some have come so close to nab the role, but ultimately lost out to competition. Others didn’t land the gig they originally tried out for, but still appeared on the show as a different character. Such was the case for Smallvilleby Jensen Ackles, Arrowis Anna Hopkins and The caseis Colin Donnell, to name a few. Then there are those who turned down famous roles Grey’s Anatomy and The good wife.
By browsing the following list, you will also discover which Lost the actress was almost rubbed for Grey’sand that how I Met Your Mother the star almost had Lost. Meanwhile, the names vying for The Vampire Diaries‘ Elena Gilbert might just surprise you, as would the other suitors who were in the mix to sport Ryan Atwood’s white tank top/black leather jacket combo. (Chris Pine wasn’t the only one trying to score a spot in the CO pool house!)
(To note: We have of course not included all case of an actor failing on a certain role, but simply a selection that we thought was particularly amusing or curious.)
Scroll through the stories below, then hit the comments to let us know which of the almost casts intrigue you the most!