Ryan Gosling was almost a star on Gilmore Girls and we are fan-girling really hard about this shocking news.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life hits Netflix next month, but we’re still obsessing over the original series that ended back in 2007. In fact, we’re not alone, there are a bunch of fans who gathered in Washington Depot, Connecticut over the weekend to celebrate Gilmore Girls and all its glory.
During the three-day Gilmore Girls Fan Festival, which took place in the town partially responsible for the creation of Stars Hollow, there were a lot of treats and revelations about the series. The casting shocker surrounding The Notebook star was revealed during a behind-the-scenes panel moderated by TVLine’s Michael Ausiello, according to Vulture.
According to Vulture, Gilmore Girls casting director Jami Rudofsky told a story about an actor she’d cast in an independent film before Gilmore Girls, who she was initially annoyed with because of his tardiness in reading for the role.
“I rolled my eyes because he was late, and he was blond,” Rudofsky said during the panel about her first impression of Gosling.
She later changed her mind about him saying he was “amazing” and he was perfectly “in character” as he auditioned. Because of her love of the actor in the independent film, she had him come in to read for a small role on Gilmore Girls, but it didn’t exactly go as planned.
Gosling read for the part of “a football character” and although Rudofsky was a fan, the rest of the casting team didn’t think he was a good actor.
“Everyone was like, ‘Really, Jami?'” she recalled.
Really, Gilmore Girls casting team? It’s Ryan freaking Gosling!
Looking back, it’s crazy that Gosling didn’t fit the bill as a football guy, since we all know he nailed it as the cute and so sweet Alan in Remember the Titans in 2000.
Who knows, if he was cast maybe he could’ve been the football star that Rory Gilmore fell for, adding a fourth love to her life and causing an even greater debate to who Rory should end up with in the end. We’re still rooting for Jess – just in case you were wondering.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premieres on Netflix on November 25