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Ariana DeBose Turned Down 'West Side Story' A Shocking Amount Of Times

Ariana DeBose Turned Down 'West Side Story' A Shocking Amount Of Times

Ariana DeBose almost didn’t play Anita in Steven Spielberg‘s new adaptation of West Side Story, according to casting director Cindy Tolan.

In a new interview with Variety, Cindy opened up about how Ariana was finally convinced.

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Cindy shared with the outlet that she had reached out to Ariana to audition many times.

“I asked her to come in and she said no. She refused four times and I had to talk her into coming in,” she recalled, adding that she always believed Ariana was the perfect fit for the role.

After catching Ariana as Disco Donna in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, it was then that Ariana did take on the part.

“With Ariana, it was just so clear that she had the triple. But we got her in the room with Steven who does his camera work, and it became this no-brainer.”

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