Entertainment Movies Gwen Stefani Recalls Auditioning for 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' : Angelina Jolie 'Beat Me' "That could've been a different story," Gwen Stefani told Ellen DeGeneres during a round of "Burning Questions" By BreAnna Bell BreAnna Bell Digital News Writer, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on April 6, 2022 10:08 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Gwen Stefani could have been Mrs. Smith! During a game of "Burning Questions" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday, the former Voice coach told host Ellen DeGeneres that she once auditioned for the role played by Angelina Jolie opposite Brad Pitt in Mr & Mrs. Smith. "What movie role have you auditioned for that people would be surprised to know?" DeGeneres asked. After Stefani, 52, said that she went in for the 2005 film, she added, "Angelina beat me!" "Wow, that could have gone a whole different way," said DeGeneres, to which Stefani joked: "That could've been a different story!" Gwen Stefani Jokes with Ellen DeGeneres About Why She Wasn't Her Maid of Honor — as Previously Requested! Paul Archuleta/Getty; Franco Origlia/Getty Though Ellen DeGeneres Show viewers may have been shocked by Stefani's answer, this isn't the first time she talked about auditioning for the action film. In 2016, the No Doubt singer told Howard Stern on an episode of The Howard Stern Show, "I feel like I almost got it." "I went to a bunch [of auditions]," she continued, adding that while she hoped to be an actress, she "wanted to do music more." Stefani also spoke about the role in a 2008 interview with Vogue. "It was between me and Angelina Jolie, and I'm like, 'Oh, great. I got a shot here,' " she said. "The whole acting thing really feels like something I could do. Whenever I've done it, whenever I had moments where it works, it's just like performing. You hit a moment. And that's what movies are: a series of moments." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free weekly newsletter to get the biggest news of the week delivered to your inbox every Friday. 20th Century Fox/Kobal/Shutterstock Gwen Stefani on Why She and Blake Shelton Asked Carson Daly to Officiate Wedding: 'Love Him' While on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday, Stefani also came clean as to why she didn't have DeGeneres as her maid of honor when she married Blake Shelton last year — despite the talk show host's previous request. "COVID… It got really small," Stefani explained. "I had this fantasy of building bleachers… But it just was like, it got smaller and smaller, and you know, the Lord works in mysterious ways. It was the perfect amount of people." "It was so intimate," continued Stefani. "It was so exactly what it needed to be, and not just the wedding, but the marriage is so fun, and I'm so into it, so I feel very blessed."