The Lying Game Casting Secrets That Are Just as Shocking as its Sudden End
We have a problem with how many Freeform shows got canceled before our questions were answered, but nothing makes us quite as bitter as The Lying Game‘s sudden end. Who the legit eff killed Alec?? What’s up with Thayer?? Is Rebecca gone for good?? Needless to say, the series based on Sara Shepard’s books deserved WAY more than just two seasons.
While TLG‘s cliffhangers will always hold a ~special~ place in our hearts, the following casting secrets are pretty darn crazy, too. Sorry, guy — better make room in your brains for more confusion and what-ifs!
1. Misha Crosby originally auditioned for Baz — Ryan Harwell was the first American role this British cutie booked, but he wasn’t the first Lying Game he tried out for. “I actually auditioned for a different role first; I auditioned for the role of Baz, which a lovely guy called Adam Brooks is playing,” he said. But even though he didn’t book the part he initially wanted, he thinks the casting was done perfectly. The 29-year-old continued, “He’s probably more suited for that role than me. And I think I’m more suited to Ryan, so it worked out great. The casting director, said, ‘Hey why don’t you read for this one?’ So I came back and I did.”
2. Ryan was supposed to be American — When the TLG casting director called Misha in to read for Ryan, he had him do it in an American accent. The actor explained, “It was initially an American character, actually. I was ready to play him that way. Then a couple of days before shooting I found out they wanted him British.” That must’ve been a huge relief for the star, because he was born in London!
3. Alice Greczyn didn’t have to audition for Mads — Most actors have to go through a grueling audition process to land the role of their dreams, but not Alice Greczyn! The 30-year-old was already a part of the Freeform family because of her time spent on Lincoln Heights and Make It or Break It, so when it came time to cast TLG, producers already had her in mind.
4. Hani Zakaria tried out for Jordan Lyle — THOUSANDS of young actors and actresses sent in audition tapes for various role on The Lying Game, but one that gained a lot of attention was Hani Zakaria‘s. This young man appeared in a few small productions, but was hoping TLG would give him more mainstream success. Unfortunately, Ryan Rottman beat him out and got the role of Jordan.
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