Think back to your favorite ’90s TV shows. You probably can’t imagine any other celebrity playing one of your favorite characters, right? Neither can I. Trying to think about a different celebrity playing Buffy in Buffy The Vampire Slayer or Rory in Gilmore Girls just makes me feel confused and a little uncomfortable. The celebrities who actually did play all of those different roles did so well – why would I ever want to think of anyone else doing it?
Well, just because we can’t imagine it doesn’t mean it wasn’t possible. Believe it or not, all of those roles were not created especially for the celebrities that played them, no matter how perfect they were. In most cases, a different celeb either auditioned for or was asked to play those roles. Crazy, right?! So, in the interest of ’90s trivia (because who doesn’t like ’90s trivia?), here are 15 celebrities who almost got the part in some of our favorite ’90s TV shows.
Michael Kelso in That '70s ShowAshton Kutcher and James Franco both have that lazy stoner look to them, so I think either would have worked out as Michael in That '70s Show, but still I feel like the producers made the right choice. Imagine if James had done this show? He could have been the one reuniting with my imaginary girlfriend Mila Kunis right now. Photo Source: WENN.com
Lizzie McGuire in Lizzie McGuireI feel like Hilary Duff was practically made for the role of Lizzie in this show so I literally cannot imagine anyone else making it work the way she did. Sara Paxton, who you might remember from the movie Aquamarine, was considered before Hil. She was obviously passed up and ended up getting a little guest role. I'm sure Sara is great, but Hilary was definitely the right choice.
Mary Camden in 7th HeavenIt's pretty common knowledge that Beverley Mitchell, who played Mary Camden's younger sister Lucy on 7th Heaven, is actually older than Jessica Biel. So it makes total sense that she would go for the part of Mary. But despite the ages, I think this was the smart choice - Jessica Biel made a perfect rebellious Mary, while Lucy made a perfect angelic Lucy.
Angela Chase in My So-Called LifeCan you imagine anyone else but Claire Danes as Angela? I didn't think so. She had the perfect look for the part - and as much as I love Alicia Silverstone, she just didn't have the look. And, actually, that's exactly why she didn't get the part - one of the producers thought she was "too pretty."
Sam Weir in Freaks and GeeksJesse Eisnberg was the second choice to play Sam Weir in Freaks and Geeks and I can actually totally see him in that role. However, I also feel like Jesse would have made Sam a little bit more conceited and intelligent. I think John Francis Daley did an amazing job of being awkward, geeky and yet still charming. Photo Source: WENN.com
Lisa in The Fresh Prince Of Bel-AirJada Pinkett Smith almost landed the role of Lisa, Will's girlfriend on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, but was turned down because she was told she was too short. But how cute would it have been if she did get it?! I love when real-life couples play fake couples in TV shows and movies.
Chandler Bing in FriendsAs a Friends fanatic, I literally cannot ever imagine anyone else playing ANYONE on this show. Especially Chandler. In fact, I still think of Matthew Perry as Chandler and I probably always will. But that doesn't mean someone else wasn't once considered. Jon Cryer was asked to play Chandler before Matthew Perry and all I can say is that I'm glad he didn't get it. Jon is funny and all, but he could never live up to Matthew's Chandler.
Neal Schweiber in Freaks and GeeksGuys, do you see that adorable little munchkin on the left? That's Shia LaBeouf, who auditioned for the role of Neal in Freaks and Geeks. I KNOW. I can't imagine it either. Shia didn't get it, obviously, but he did get a guest spot on the show. He also went on to play in Even Stevens so, obviously, he made the right career choice.
Valerie Malone in Beverly Hills, 90210Alicia Silverstone turned down the part of Valerie in Beverly Hills, 90201 and so then it was given to Tiffani Theissen. I've actually never seen this show (I know!), so I don't know much about the character Valerie, but just going by what I do know... I kind of think Alicia could have done it.
Buffy Summers in Buffy The Vampire SlayerA lot of actresses were considered for the part of Buffy Summers in this show - maybe because Sarah Michelle Gellar originally auditioned for the role of Cordelia Chase. Most of those actresses ended up getting other, smaller parts in the show. However, Katie Holmes was one actress who was considered and didn't get any part. I definitely can't see Katie kicking butt as Buffy like Sarah Michelle did. I mean, imagine if Katie got this and was never in Dawson's Creek?! No. Selma Blair was also considered for the role of Buffy, but in the end, I think Sarah Michelle was the perfect choice.
Lindsay Weir in Freaks and GeeksLizzy Caplan must have really wanted to be on Freaks and Geeks - she auditioned for the role of both Lindsay Weir and Kim Kelly, but obviously didn't get either of them. Instead, she got cast as Sara. In my opinion, this was a good movie. More trivia: Busy Phillips originally auditioned for the role of Lindsay also, before being cast as Kim Kelly. I'm pretty happy with the way things turned out.
Kelly Kapowski on Saved By The BellTiffani Theissen obviously made the perfect Kelly Kapowski and no one else could have filled her shoes. But others tried: Elizabeth Berkley auditioned to be Kelly. She obviously didn't get it, but it was probably better anyway. The producers liked her so much that they created the character Jessie Spano especially for her. Not bad!
Rory Gilmore in Gilmore GirlsNo one else could have been Rory. Ever. EVER. I don't even want to think about that as a possibility. That said, I have to because I'm writing this. Liza Weil auditioned to play Rory and I am so happy she didn't get it because otherwise the role of Paris would never have happened. The producers liked Liza so much that they created Paris just for her, which was an excellent choice. Liza made a perfect Paris and Alexis Bledel obviously made the best Rory ever.
Xander in Buffy The Vampire SlayerRyan Reynolds was originally offered the role of Xander in Buffy The Vampire Slayer, which... no. Ryan just seems too, I don't know... pretty? That's not the right word. Basically, I just can't seem him as this character, at all.
Joey Potter in Dawson's CreekKatie Holmes made an adorable and perfect Joey Potter, but Selma Blair was once also in the running for the role. I love Selma, but I just can't see her as Joey. I think Katie was much more authentic.
Which of these surprised you the most? Do you think any of these celebrities would have done better than the person who actually played the role? Tell me in the comments!