Gilmore Girls fans were in for quite a shock over the weekend when the show’s casting director revealed the name of an A-list actor that almost appeared on the series.
During the inaugural Gilmore Girls Fan Festival, held in Washington Depot, Connecticut, — the town that served as the source of inspiration for Stars Hollow — casting director Jami Rudofsky revealed that Ryan Gosling almost made it onto the seven-season series, according to Vulture.
While sitting on the panel with George Bell (dialogue coach), Valerie Campbell (costume supervisor), Mara Casey (casting director), Sheila Lawrence (writer and producer) and Stan Zimmerman (writer), Rudofsky recalled casting Gosling in an independent film prior to filling the roles on GG, which prompted her to bring him in for an audition on the dramedy.
“I rolled my eyes because he was late, and he was blond,” Rudofsky said of his first audition, but after seeing him perform “in character,” which she said was “amazing,” she brought him in for a second audition with her casting colleagues.
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Despite Rudofsky seeing something in the budding actor, he didn’t win over the rest of the team who looked at him for the role of a “football character.” She recalled her GG colleagues saying to her after seeing his audition, “Everyone was like, ‘Really, Jami?’ ”
Although fans will never know if Gosling could have joined Jess Mariano (Milo Ventimiglia), Dean Forester (Jared Padalecki) or Logan Huntzberger (Matt Czuchry) to become one of Rory Gilmore’s (Alexis Bledel) ex-boyfriends, audiences can catch him in the TIFF-winning La La Land, opposite Emma Stone, this fall.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premieres Nov. 25 on Netflix.