13 Actors Who Nearly Turned Down Their Big-Deal TV Drama Role
TV dramas are full of, well, drama — but not just on screen. So much happens behind the scenes that you have no clue about and a ton of things take place before the cast is even set on a television show. Now that you’re addicted or tuned into your favorite series, it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing your fave characters — BUT, in a lot of cases, the perfect casting almost never happened.
Like with Gossip Girl, for instance, there were SO many stars who almost landed roles on the series, but didn’t and it was much better because of it. The weirdest thing about TV casting, however, is when you learn that your #1 favorite character almost chose NOT to play their now-iconic role. SPOILER: Penn Badgley did NOT want to play Dan Humphrey; he even dissed the CW series numerous times. And he’s not the only one who who thisclose to denying a part on a particular TV drama:
Could you imagine Gossip Girl without Penn as Dan Humphrey? Without its Gossip Girl?? 'cause that was almost the case, as Penn was NOT a fan of Dan and didn't really want to play him when he first was auditioning for the CW series.
In fact, Penn originally turned down the role, but after the show couldn't find anyone they liked for Dan, they came back to him and asked him to portray the character. Since Penn was about to get a job as a waiter to make ends meet, he caved and took the part.
"I don't regret it, but I'm just maybe too honest about it sometimes. But the reason I turned it down initially was because I was just frustrated," Penn told Vulture about his now-iconic GG role. "I was frustrated and I was broke and I was depressed and I was like, I cannot do that again. I can't."
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