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Updated on Apr 13, 2019. Posted on Apr 13, 2019

These Famous Actors Were Almost Cast On "Friends" — Can You Guess The Roles They Auditioned For?

Kathy Griffin? Vince Vaughn?? Jane Lynch???

  1. Jane Krakowski

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    Wrong! 

    She auditioned for Rachel!

    "My business manager is very sad that I didn't [get the part]," she joked in an interview with Giuliana Rancic.

    Via NBC
  2. Eric McCormack

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    He auditioned for Ross!

    The Will and Grace star revealed to HuffPost that he auditioned for the role of Ross back in the day — before finding out it was pretty much written for David Schwimmer.

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  3. Kathy Griffin

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    She auditioned for Phoebe!

    The comedian spilled the tea in an interview with HuffPost, claiming that she and "all [her] other girlfriends" went in for the role of Phoebe.

    Via NBC
  4. Vince Vaughn

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    He auditioned for Joey!

    The show's casting director, Ellie Kanner, told HuffPost that she remembered him as being "handsome and tall" — but he just wasn't Joey.

    Via NBC
  5. Jane Lynch

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    She auditioned for Phoebe!

    According to Kathy Griffin, Jane Lynch was one of the many women who auditioned alongside her for the role of Phoebe.

    Via NBC
  6. Debra Messing

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    She auditioned for Rachel!

    In an interview with Access Live, Messing explained that she auditioned for the role right after graduate school.

    Via NBC
  7. Jon Cryer

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    He auditioned for Chandler!

    The Two and a Half Men star told James Corden that he filmed his audition in the UK, but his tape never made it to LA because "it got stuck at customs." Yikes.

    Via NBC
  8. Leah Remini

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    She auditioned for Monica!

    Remini wrote about her audition for Friends in her autobiography, noting that as soon as she saw Courteney Cox walk into the building, she knew it was all over.

  9. Hank Azaria

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    He auditioned for Joey!

    Before he was cast as Phoebe's scientist boyfriend, David, Hank Azaria auditioned twice to play Joey.

    Via NBC
  10. Janeane Garofalo

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    Wrong! 

    She was almost Monica!

    It's not clear if she ever actually auditioned, but one of the show's creators, David Crane, revealed to Vanity Fair that he'd originally written the role of Monica for Janeane Garofalo.

    Via NBC
  11. Tiffani Thiessen

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    She auditioned for Rachel!

    She explained in an interview that she tested for the role, but was ruled out for being too young — she was 20 at the time.

    Via NBC

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