16 Iconic TV Roles Almost Played By Other Actors
14. Rumer Willis as Serena van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl
Serena van der Woodsen was one of the leading ladies on Gossip Girl and arguably the main character of the series. Since the show was based off a book series, many of the characters had very descriptive appearances, including Serena who was described as this tall and effortlessly beautiful, blonde bombshell. So, it’s surprising to hear CW’s casting director David Rapaport say that the network initially pitched Rumer Willis as Serena van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl! The show would have looked much different had that happened, and Blake Lively’s career would not be where it is today.
13. Katie Holmes as Piper on Orange is the New Black
We really have a hard time imagining this one! Orange is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan told E! Online in an interview back in 2014 that she is a big fan of Dawson’s Creek actress Katie Holmes, and that she first offered the role of Piper to her! The role ended up going to Taylor Schilling because Holmes turned it down. “She had other things to do. And also in the beginning, no one knew what this was,” said Kohan.