23 Famous TV Roles That Almost Went To Other Celebrities

    Imagine Modern Family with Matt LeBlanc though.

    1. Courteney Cox was originally offered the role of Rachel on Friends, but she turned it down because she felt like she related to Monica more.

    2. Ellen DeGeneres was offered the role of Phoebe on Friends, but she turned it down and Lisa Kudrow was cast.

    3. Jeremy Strong auditioned for the role of Roman Roy on Succession, but Jesse Armstrong, the show's creator, felt that Kieran Culkin was a "slam dunk."

    4. Katherine Langford auditioned to play Betty Cooper on Riverdale, but the role went to Lili Reinhart instead.

    5. Elle Fanning auditioned to play one of Phoebe's triplets on Friends but didn't end up getting the part.

    6. Matt LeBlanc was offered the role of Phil Dunphy on Modern Family, but turned it down because he felt like the part was written with someone else in mind.

    7. Pedro Pascal was actually one of the actors who came in to read for Marcel Gerard on The Originals. Series creator Julie Plec even admitted she "loved" him for the role, but he "was just on the older side."

    8. Connie Britton was one of the network's choices to play Olivia Pope, but Shonda Rhimes insisted Olivia should be played by a black woman instead.

    9. Taraji P. Henson was another famous person who went in to read for the role of Olivia Pope.

    10. Rumer Willis was originally pitched to play Serena Van Der Woodsen, but at the time, the casting director wanted to go with a lesser known actress and cast Blake Lively instead.

    11. Elizabeth Olsen actually auditioned for Daenerys Targaryen, but Emilia Clarke ended up getting cast.

    12. Matthew Broderick was offered the role of Walter White on Breaking Bad, but he turned it down.

    13. Rob Lowe was offered the role of Derek Shepherd on Grey's Anatomy but turned it down to star on CBS's Dr. Vegas.

    14. Octavia Spencer auditioned to play Donna on Parks and Recreation, but the role ended up going to Retta.

    15. Bob Odenkirk was actually supposed to play Michael Scott on The Office because Steve Carell was already busy with another series.

    16. Chris Rock was one of the many famous actors who was in talks to play George Costanza on Seinfeld.

    17. Iwan Rheon originally auditioned for Jon Snow on Game of Thrones and didn't get the role. He eventually got called in to play Ramsay Bolton in Season 3.

    18. Nicholas Gonzalez originally screen tested for the role of Rafael Solano on Jane the Virgin, but he ended up playing Xo's love interest Marco instead.

    19. Lucy Hale actually auditioned for Hannah Montana when she was 15 and still lived in Tennessee, which was years before Miley Cyrus eventually got cast.

    20. Oliver Hudson was in the final running for Jack Pearson on This Is Us, but by the time he was scheduled to screen test with Mandy Moore, Oliver went on an already-planned fishing trip instead.

    21. Keke Palmer screen tested for the role of Iris on The Flash, but didn't end up getting it because she looked "a little too young" compared to Grant Gustin.

    22. Selma Blair was actually Dawson's Creek creator Kevin Williamson's first choice to play Joey.

    23. Finally, Katie Holmes was in talks to plays Piper in Orange Is the New Black, but she ended up being busy with other projects to do the show and Taylor Schilling was cast.