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20 TV Characters Almost Played By Other Actors

We love our movies, partly because of the plot and partly because of who plays the TV characters. Whether we admit it or not, certain actors have become the unique selling point of their movies or franchise. But what if I were to tell you that your favorite characters could have been played by someone else? The casting directors almost chose someone else to play the roles that have come down in history as the most inspiring characters. Here is a list of a few TV characters that were almost played by other others.

1. Harvey Kinkle in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Harvey Kinkle in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Ross Lynch playing the role of Harvey Kinkle.

Joshua Bassett was one of the two actors who were chosen for the role of Harvey Kinkle in the movie, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. However, he did not bag the role, it went to Ross Lynch.

2. Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones

Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones
Emilia Clark playing Daenerys Targaryen

Even though, Elizabeth Olsen auditioned for the role of Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, Emilia Clark ended up getting the role.

3. Sondra in The Cosby Show

Sondra in The Cosby Show
Sabrina Le Beauf in the role of Sondra

TV Characters often have to be replaced because of their prior commitments. Initially, Whitney Houston was playing the role of Sondra in The Cosby Show, but she wanted to pursue her singing career. Therefore, Sabrina Le Beauf played the role of Sondra.

4. Dr. Miranda Bailey in Grey’s Anatomy

Dr. Miranda Bailey in Grey's Anatomy
Chandra Wilson playing Dr. Miranda Bailey

Sandra Oh first auditioned for the role of Dr. Miranda Bailey but she eventually realized that this is not the role for her. She went for the role Cristina finally, and Chandra Wilson played the role of Dr. Bailey.

5. Donna in Parks and Recreation

Donna in Parks and Recreation
Retta in the role of Donna.

Octavia Spenser was among the many people who auditioned for the role of Donna in Parks and Recreation. However, she did not get the role and it ended up going to Retta.

6. Amy Santiago in Brooklyn 99

Amy Santiago in Brooklyn 99
Melissa Fumero playing Amy Santiago

Stephanie Beatriz and Melissa Fumero, both auditioned for the role of Amy Santiago. But Stephanie Beatriz thought that she was better suited for the role of Megan, who later became Rosa.

7. Olivia Pope in Scandal

Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope

For the role of Olivia Pope in the fictional television series Scandal, Taraji P. Henson also auditioned. However, later Kerry Washington bagged the role of Olivia.

8. Finn Hudson in Glee

Finn Hudson in Glee
Cory Monteith as Finn Hudson

Darren Criss and Cory Monteith, both auditioned for the role of Finn Hudson in the show Glee, but Cory finally got the role.

9. Iris in The Flash

Iris in The Flash
Grant Gustin as Iris in The Flash

Keke Palmer and Grant Gustin both, screen tested for the role of Iris in The Flash. However, Keke Palmer could not get the role because the directors claimed she looked very young.

10. Betty Cooper in Riverdale

Betty Cooper in Riverdale
Lily Reinhart playing the role of Betty Cooper

Lili Reinhart was not the only person who auditioned for the role of Betty Cooper in Riverdale. Katherine Langford also screen tested for the role but could not get it.

11. Serena Van Der Woodsen in Gossip Girl

Serena Van Der Woodsen in Gossip Girl
Blake Lively as Serena

There were so many actors who wanted the role of Serena Van Der Woodsen including Rumer Willis. But the casting director wanted to caste someone less famous, and therefore, they chose Blake Lively.

12. George Costanza in Seinfeld

George Costanza in Seinfeld
Jason Alexander as George Costanza

The role of George Costanza in Seinfeld is played by Jason Alexander, but it wasn’t always so. Initially, Chris Rock was also considered for the role.

13. Hannah Montana

Hannah Montana
Miley Cyrus in and as Hannah Montana

Lucy Hale auditioned for the role of the exceptional, Hannah Montana long before Miley Cyrus was even considered. But, Miley Cyrus did bag the role eventually.

14. Lucious Lyon in Empire

Lucious Lyons in Empire
Terry Howard as Lucious Lyon in Empire

Wesley Snipes auditioned for the role of Lucious Lyon in the famous show Empire. However, Taraji P. Henson said she will only work if Terrence Howard is cast instead. Therefore, the show makers gave the role to Terrence Howard.

15. Lorelai Gilmore in Gilmore Girls

Lorelai Gilmore in Gilmore Girls
Lauren Graham playing the role of Lorelai Gilmore

Some TV Characters lose the role because of their age. Madchen Amick and Lauren Graham both auditioned for the role of Lorelai Gilmore in the famous series Gilmore Girls. However, Madchen did not get the role because she was too young to look like a mom.

16. Phil Dunphy in Modern Family

Phil Dunphy in Modern Family
Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy

The role of Phil Dunphy was originally given to Matt LeBlanc. But Matt felt like he was not fit for the role and therefore, the role went to Ty Burrell.

17. Serena van der Woodsen in Gossip Girl

Serena Van Der Woodsen in Gossip Girl
Blake Lively playing Serena Van Der Woodsen

Rumer Willis was not the only one interested in being Serena van der Woodsen, Jennifer Lawrence was also interested in the role. However, she was too young to be Serena.

18. Olivia Pope in Scandal

Olivia Pope in Scandal
Kerry Washington playing Olivia Pope.

Along with Taraji P. Henson, Connie Britton was also one of the few choices the Network had for the role of Olivia Pope. But as we mentioned before, Kerry Washington ended up bagging the role.

19. Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad

Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad
Aaron Paul playing Jesse Pinkman

Penn Badgley was among the many actors who auditioned for the role of Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad. However, Aaron Paul finally bagged the role.

20. Rory Gilmore in Gilmore Girls

Rory Gilmore in Gilmore Girls
Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore

Liza Weil originally auditioned for the role of Rory Gilmore in Gilmore Girls. The casting directors loved her but they felt she wasn’t right for the role. Therefore, they chose Alexis Bledel and made Paris Geller’s character for Weil.

 

Written by FandomWire Staff