Glee Stars Who Auditioned for Other Parts on the Show First
August 5, 2018
How has it been over three years since the last episode of
premiered!? We seriously grew up watching the show and we’re still not completely over its finale. Will there ever be a diva as spectacular as Rachel Berry, a.k.a. Glee Lea Michele? Probs not. And don’t even get us started on the spectacle that was Chris Colfer as Kurt Hummel! His rendition of “Defying Gravity” still follows (and haunts??) us to this day. THAT HIGH NOTE, THOUGH!
Glee gave us a ton of great memories. Yes, it was super fun, uplifting and energetic, but at the same time, it touched on a bunch of serious, pressing issues including teen pregnancy, eating disorders, self-discovery and more. Whether you’re willing to admit it or not, the FOX hit was groundbreaking in a ton of ways. Over its six seasons, the show introduced us to a ton of characters we instantly fell in love with, but the cast had the potential to look a lot different.
Big names like
, Colton Haynes Rebel Wilson and Debbie Gibson all auditioned for the show at one point, but never made the cut. Within the final cast, though, a handful of actors auditioned for other parts on the show before landing in their permanent spots at William McKinley High School.
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Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel)
Can you imagine
Chris Colfer playing anyone but Kurt Hummel? We sure can't. But originally, he didn't audition for that role. In fact, the role of Kurt hadn't even been written yet! He went into the casting room determined to book the role of Artie Abrams, and although he wasn't quite right for it, producers didn't want to see him leave.
explained, "I was auditioning for the part of Artie, the kid in the wheelchair, and I didn't get it, obviously. So they invented a character for me. They created Kurt specifically."
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Darren Criss (Blaine Anderson)
Darren Criss SO hard. Although his character, Blaine Anderson, didn't appear until season two, he quickly became an OG Glee favorite. But originally, the actor auditioned to appear on season one in the role of Finn Hudson.
interview with the Wall Street Journal, he said, "I've gone out for Glee before, so I was no stranger to the general casting family. I had gone out for the role of Finn before my senior year at the University of Michigan... You always go out for things that you may not be right for. I'm not a football guy, so I wasn't heartbroken that I didn't get it. It actually worked out just fine. Blaine is a really cool guy. It's a dream come true as an actor to play someone so complex."
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Grant Gustin (Sebastian Smythe)
Before he was on
The Flash, Grant Gustin was winning our hearts over as Glee's sassiest Warbler, Sebastian Smythe. In 2012, however, he spilled the tea that ,originally, the role he auditioned for was much smaller than the one he ended up with.
He explains, "I submitted a video for this [opening] number to just [be a tap dancer]. And they liked me and I had a callback and didn't get it. They were like, 'We want to fit you in later into the season'..."
Well, the casting directors definitely kept their word and called 28-year-old back to audition for Sebastian!
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Blake Jenner (Ryder Lynn)
Blake Jenner got his role on Glee after winning the reality show The Glee Project. But prior to that, it appears like he had already auditioned for a role a bunch of times. A casting director from the show allegedly said that Blake had auditioned for the role of Blaine 10 times! Talk about persistence.
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Cheyenne Jackson (Dustin Goolsby)
Cheyenne Jackson was suave and cool in the role of Dustin Goolsby. But originally, he had his eyes set on a different (much larger) role.
, "I auditioned, along with everybody else, for it — for the role of Mr. Schue. I obviously didn't get that, but I was told that they liked my audition. So when another part on the show came up, they gave me a call. This wasn't the Dustin Goolsby part. It was the part of a guest choreographer. And they cast me, and flew me out to L.A. to shoot. But as soon I got off the plane, I got the flu... They basically had to re-cast. And I was really heartbroken because I loved the show so much... So I kind of thought I’d blown my Vanity Fair Glee shot.
"Then early last year, I was in L.A. doing pilot season and got a call that Ryan [Murphy] wanted to talk to me about another part on the show," he continued. "So I got my butt down there, and they pitched me this character [Dustin Goolsby] and told me the arc of some of the things that will unfold, and asked if I was into it. I think I hugged Ryan. I was thrilled. I got my second chance."
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Dean Geyer (Brody Weston)
Brody Weston (
Dean Geyer) was the perfect love interest for Rachel Berry ( Lea Michele). The couple was hot, sexy and super, super talented. Originally, however, the actor auditioned for a different role, trying to book a pilot before his United States work visa ran out.
he told Backstage, "It came out of the blue because all the big networks had cast all their shows. Then Glee came along, and I was stoked to even get into the room because I have a musical background. I went in for two characters. I went in for Jake [Puckerman], but they said I looked too old. So I went in for the other character next. It was a 5-audition process. You really have to prove yourself. I was auditioning against guys that are really well known on the Broadway scene in New York. I had a bunch of competition."
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Adam Lambert (Elliott Gilbert)
Season four of
Glee not only brought us Kurt and Rachel in the Big Apple, but it also brought us Adam Lambert as Elliott Gilbert. He was legit perfect in that part, but his heart was originally set on another role.
Rumors say that he first auditioned before season one even premiered, trying to get involved before Glee was even a thing. But he was too old, apparently, and casting directors passed him over. RUDE, but it happens.
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Romy Rosemont (Carole Hudson)
Romy Rosemont was so sweet and loving as Finn's mom, Carole, but she originally came in to read for Sue Sylvester. She said, "I was actually originally called in to audition for Jane Lynch's part, which I knew I would never get. And then when they called me back and said, 'Would she audition for this?’ there was no lines in the pilot."
"So I was like, 'There’s no lines? What do you mean they want me to audition for it?' she continued. "And they said, just come in and read some material from something else and Ryan promises that she will recur in the show. And I said okay. If that’s what he says then I’ll trust that. He’s really such a loyal man and he’s a man of his word and I trusted that."
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Samuel Larsen (Joe Hart)
Samuel Larsen was Joe Hart, he was in the running to play Sam Evans. In fact, rumors say that he was in the final three to get the role! Obviously, it didn't go his way because Chord Overstreet played Sam, but we're glad he ended up on Glee in the end!
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Curt Mega (Nick)
You may not recognize
Curt Mega right away since his role wasn't as big as some of the others on this list, but he played Nick, one of the super-talented Warblers. If the rumors are true, the actor was in the final three to play Sam, right alongside Samuel! He didn't get the role, clearly, but hey — you win some, you lose some.
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Kent Avenido (Howard Bamboo)
As Howard Bamboo,
Kent Avenido was always up to something. He was a pretty sly guy, TBH. But before he landed his role, the actor auditioned to play Ken Tanaka, the high school's football coach. The role ended up going to Patrick Gallagher.
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Finneas O'Connell (Alistair)
Finneas O'Connell didn't join the Glee cast until the final season, he definitely left his mark on the show. Are you ready for this tea, though? Apparently, before playing Alistair, the actor auditioned FIVE times for FIVE different roles! Although we don't know the specifics of his auditions, we can't help but wonder who he was hoping to play. Sam? Finn? Maybe Ryder? Either way, we're glad he finally made it to Glee after so much hard work and dedication.