Given her star power today, it's hard to believe any project has ever rejected Jennifer Lawrence, but Gossip Girl creator Josh Schwartz says they did just that. Schwartz reveals how Lawrence really wanted to be on the show, and even auditioned for the part of Serena van der Woodsen.
We did not realize this at the time, but Jennifer Lawrence really wanted to play Serena and auditioned. This story came to us secondhand, but we were told she definitely auditioned and was bummed to not get it.
The snub, while in hindsight is surely horrifying now to most people who overlooked her back then, is not at all that surprising. As Vulture points out, Lawrence was only 16 at the time of her audition, and very few television stars play their actual age on teen dramas. This was also 2007 Jennifer Lawrence, whose biggest acting credit to that point was Lauren Pearson on The Bill Engvall Show. Suffice to say, there were few in Hollywood who could've predicted that same girl would score an Oscar for her performance in a film five years later.
It's also not like the girl she lost the Gossip Girl role to is chopped liver either, as Blake Lively is a big part of the success the series celebrated for five years. Lively also had the star power going into the series that Jennifer Lawrence lacked with prominent film roles in Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants and Accepted. Lively hasn't had quite the same rise as J-Law following the show's end, but she did end up meeting her husband Ryan Reynolds during Green Lantern, and who knows if that would've happened had she not gotten the role of Serena.
Maybe Josh Schwartz can rectify this error by offering Jennifer Lawrence a slot on Dynasty when it makes its premiere next month. At this stage, it's doubtful Lawrence would drop everything she's got going on to be a part of a series on The CW, but maybe deep down she's carried this snub with her all her life and this could be something she could finally get off her back. Let's hope that's the case because there are few things better sounding than The CW fall lineup featuring L-Law tossing drinks in faces and delivering world ending smacks to faces.
That'll probably never happen, so it's a good thing people can go and see Jennifer Lawrence in Mother! right now in theaters. As for Gossip Girl, Blake Lively hasn't ruled out appearing in a reunion should that ever happen, and Ed Westwick is still trying to figure out who G.G. actually was. For more on upcoming programming in the next couple months be sure to visit our fall premiere guide.