Believe or not, Ashlee Simpson was this close to playing lead mortal Elena Gilbert on The Vampire Diaries.
The show's co-executive producer Marcos Siege explains, "We all independently looked at a bunch of [audition] DVDs. We couldn't find the girl we wanted. The network wanted us to hire Ashlee Simpson...But Nina sent this DVD back and we all were home looking, searching, and we came in the next day saying, 'We should look at Nina again.'
Casting was so last minute, in fact, that Nina Dobrev only officially landed the gig a week before filming started.
If Ashlee being cast as Elena is hard to imagine, what about Paul Wesley playing dark, edgy Damon instead of wholesome Stefan? That almost happened, too.
"I did audition for Damon," reveals Paul. "I had a couple call backs, but clearly things worked out."
"You're just too sweet," Ian Somerhalder, who plays the edgier Salvatore brother, tells Paul.
Did the heads of casting make the right call by hiring Paul to play Stefan? Or would he make a better Damon than Ian?