23 Actors Who Auditioned For Another Role On The Show Before Being Cast As The Iconic Character We Know Them As

    Imagine how different these shows might've been...

    1. Courteney Cox almost played Rachel on Friends.

    an arrow pointing from Monica to Rachel

    2. One Tree Hill's creator originally wanted Chad Michael Murray to play Nathan.

    Lucas and Nathan on the river court with an arrow pointing from Lucas to Nathan

    3. Sarah Michelle Gellar originally auditioned for Cordelia on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — and Charisma Carpenter auditioned for Buffy.

    Buffy and Cordelia with arrows pointing between them

    4. Iwan Rheon, Joe Dempsie, and Alfie Allen all auditioned for Jon Snow on Game of Thrones before being cast as Ramsay, Gendry, and Theon, respectively.

    Iwan Rheon, Joe Dempsie, and Alfie Allen as Ramsay, Gendry, and Theon

    5. Paul Wesley (who went on to play Stefan) and Michael Trevino (who went on to play Tyler) both auditioned for Damon on The Vampire Diaries.

    Stefan and Tyler on The Vampire Diaries labeled "auditioned for Damon" and Ian Somerhalder as Damon labeled "cast as Damon"

    6. And Zach Roerig read for Stefan, Damon, and Tyler before being cast as Matt.

    Zach's audition for Stefan and the actual scene with Paul Wesley, where Elena asks if Stefan is following her after he sees her fall, and he asks if she's ok

    7. Alisha Boe originally auditioned for Hannah in 13 Reasons Why before being cast as Jessica.

    an arrow pointing from Jessica to Hannah

    8. Chris Colfer originally auditioned for Artie on Glee.

    in Chris Colfer's audition for Artie, he says "I think Mr. Shue's using irony to enhance the performance," and in the actual episode, Kevin McHale as Artie says the same thing

    9. Annie Murphy at one point auditioned for Stevie on Schitt's Creek.

    an arrow pointing from Alexis to Stevie

    10. Noah Schnapp, who went on to play Will, originally auditioned for Mike in Stranger Things.

    an arrow pointing from Will to Mike

    11. Lisa Weil originally auditioned for Rory before being cast as Paris on Gilmore Girls.

    an arrow pointing from Paris to Rory

    12. Shay Mitchell (who went on to play Emily) and Janel Parrish (who ended up playing Mona) both auditioned for Spencer on Pretty Little Liars.

    Emily and Mona labeled "auditioned for Spencer" and Troian as Spencer labeled "cast as Spencer"

    13. Dominic Monaghan and Jorge Garcia both auditioned for Sawyer before being cast as Hurley and Charlie, respectively, on Lost.

    Dominic and Jorge reading for Sawyer in their audition tapes

    14. And Yunjin Kim, who played Sun in Lost, also read for Kate, who ended up being played by Evangeline Lilly.

    Yunjin and Evangeline reading variations of "it's been 36 hours, 17 minutes" in their audition tapes

    15. Cole Sprouse was invited to audition for Archie on Riverdale.

    an arrow pointing from Jughead to Archie

    16. Peter Mullan was originally meant to play Peter Abernathy or the Man in Black in the Westworld pilot. He had a scheduling conflict and was later cast as James Delos, the owner of the park, in Season 2.

    Peter Abernathy and the man in black with the label "almost played": and Peter Mullan as James Delos with the label "actually played"

    17. Holland Roden originally auditioned for Allison before being cast as Lydia on Teen Wolf.

    an arrow pointing from Lydia to Allison

    18. Adam Scott auditioned for Mark Brendanawicz on Parks and Recreation. He was later cast as Ben.

    an arrow pointing from Ben to Mark

    19. Grant Gustin originally auditioned for Roy on Arrow before being cast as the Flash and starring in the spinoff.

    Barry and Oliver on Arrow with an arrow pointing to a photo of Roy and Oliver on Arrow

    20. Before playing Wally West on The Flash, actor Keiynan Lonsdale originally auditioned for Firestorm on Legends of Tomorrow.

    an arrow pointing from Wally to Firestorm

    21. Ed Helms auditioned for Jim before later being cast as Andy on The Office.

    an arrow from Andy to Jim

    22. Laura Prepon originally auditioned for Piper before being cast as Alex on Orange Is the New Black.

    an arrow from Alex to Piper

    23. And finally, Yael Stone, who ended up playing Lorna, originally auditioned for Nicky.

    Were any of these surprising? What other almost-castings can you not believe? Let us know in the comments!