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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.