Upper East Siders may be surprised to learn that Lively, 28, was not the first choice for the role of Serena van der Woodsen. The CW’s casting director David Rapaport revealed that the network actually recommended Rumer Willis to play the socialite at first.
“I think the network initially pitched us Rumer Willis for Serena,” Rapaport told Buzzfeed.
“I love Rumer, she’s grown into quite an amazing actress and person,” he said before adding, “but that, to me, was based on protecting the investment of a television show where creatively, these lesser-known girls really captured the essence of the show and carried it for six years.”
But Rapaport did cast Willis in a different CW teen drama.
Lively didn’t too shabby either. She starred in the 2011 superhero flick The Green Lantern with now-husband Ryan Reynolds and launched lifestyle brand Preserve, which is taking a temporary hiatus. The mother of one is currently shooting two films: All I See Is You and an untitled Woody Allen project.