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The 'Glee' Cast Almost Looked Very Different! Did You Know These Stars Were Almost Part of the Series (& Some Cast Members Auditioned for Different Roles Before Joining the Show)

The cast of Glee hit the map as some of the brightest rising stars on the scene when the musical series debuted in 2009.

However, the lineup of the New Directions might have been very different. In the years since Glee debuted, we’ve learned that a slew of actors auditioned for the show or expressed interest in making a cameo in an episode or two.

Some cast members even auditioned for different parts than what they ultimately got!

During an interview with Kevin McHale and Jenna Uskhowitz on their And That’s What You REALLY Missed Glee podcast, casting director Robert J. Ulrich opened up about the casting process.

“I really loved every single role and was happy and proud of all of you in every role. That is the truth,” he said.

He noted, though, that “the most difficult roles were Finn and Mercedes for sure.”

Ryan [Murphy] really wanted Finn to be this believable high school jock and yet to sing great. We had flown people out from New York. We had so many auditions,” he recalled. That makes sense, as we have since learned that a multitude of actors were up for the role that ultimately went to Cory Monteith.

The interview made us curious, and we decided to do some digging to see what the cast could have looked like had things gone differently. We put the potential cast together in a list. Would you have guessed that all of these stars were almost involved in Glee?

Click inside to see all of the stars who were almost a part of Glee or auditioned for very different parts than what they got…

These 30 Famous Celebrity Couples Dated & Worked Together: Are They Still Together In 2022?

This year, Tell Me Lies co-stars Jackson White and Grace Van Patten decided to go public with their offscreen relationship.

The duo plays a couple onscreen and faced months of dating rumors before sharing a photo of themselves kissing to confirm their romance.

While they are one of the newest celebrity couple to date and work together, they are far from the first. Young adult franchises such as High School Musical and Twilight helped bring about some of the most iconic celebrity couples of the mid-to-late aughts in Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron and Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.

Meanwhile, movies like Mr. & Mrs. Smith and superhero blockbusters such as The Amazing Spider-Man also led to offscreen romances for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.

Of course, some of these relationships don’t work out in the long haul. However, others do. Take Jennifer Lopez and Gigli co-star Ben Affleck – who rekindled their love years later and married in 2022 – as an example.

We put together a list of 30 celebrity couples that worked together and recapped if their love is still burning strong today.

Click inside to check out a list of 20 celebrity couples that worked together on projects…

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Where Is The Cast of 'Pitch Perfect' Now? See What They've All Been Up To Since The Movie Premiered!

The series premiere of the new Pitch Perfect series, Bumper in Berlin, is about to debut on Peacock!

Adam Devine will reprise his as Bumper, with Sarah Hyland, Jameela Jamil, Flula Borg, and Lera Abova starring in the show.

With the new series premiering this week, JustJared.com is looking back at the original film and see where the cast of the original 2012 film is now.

Click inside to see what the cast of Pitch Perfect is up to now!

Niecy Nash & Wife Jessica Betts Share Cute Moment at Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2022

The stars are stepping out for night two of the 2022 Creative Arts Emmy Awards!

Niecy Nash and wife Jessica Betts showed off some cute PDA on the red carpet while arriving at the awards show held on Sunday evening (September 4) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

The Creative Arts Emmys honor the best in artistic and technical achievement in primetime TV programming from June 1, 2021 until May 31, 2022 as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The 2022 Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, September 12 with host Kenan Thompson. You can check out all of the nominations here!

Click inside to see the stars that stepped out for the awards show…More Here! »

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Jonathan Groff & Skylar Astin Shared a Backstage Kiss at the Tonys! (Photos)

Backstage photos from the 2022 Tony Awards have been released and there are some shots of the Spring Awakening cast.

Former co-stars and longtime pals Jonathan Groff and Skylar Astin were seen sharing a friendly kiss at one point while backstage at the event on Sunday (June 12) at Radio City Music Hal in New York City.

The cast of Spring Awakening reunited at the Tonys to perform “Touch Me,” 15 years after the show won the Best Musical award.

Jonathan and Skylar have another thing in common these days…. they’ve both played Seymour in the current Off-Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors. Jonathan originated the role in the production back in 2019 and Skylar is currently playing the iconic part right now.

Click through the gallery for more photos from backstage… More Here! »

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Skylar Astin Leads the 'Spring Awakening' Reunion Performance at Tony Awards 2022 - Watch Video!

The cast of Spring Awakening reunited for a performance at the 2022 Tony Awards!

Skylar Astin led the cast, including Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff, for a performance of “Touch Me” on Sunday (June 12) at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The musical won the top award at the Tonys fifteen years ago and the cast recently reunited for a benefit performance, which was captured for the HBO documentary Those You’ve Known.

Also featured in the Tonys reunion were original cast members Gerard Canonico, Lilli Cooper, Jennifer Damiano, John Gallagher Jr, Gideon Glick, Robi Hager, Brian Charles Johnson, Lauren Pritchard, Krysta Rodriguez, Phoebe Strole, Jonathan B. Wright, and Remy Zaken.

Make sure to check out photos of the cast on the red carpet earlier in the night!

Click inside to watch the performance video… More Here! »

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Lea Michele & Jonathan Groff Join 'Spring Awakening' Cast at Premiere of Their HBO Documentary

Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff share a sweet embrace on the red carpet at the premiere of Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known.

The longtime BFFs and former Broadway co-stars attended the premiere of their HBO documentary on Monday evening (April 25) at Florence Gould Hall in New York City.

Lea and Jonathan were joined at the event by their co-stars John Gallagher Jr, Skylar Astin, Lauren Pritchard, Lilli Cooper, Gerard Canonico, Brian Charles Johnson, Jonathan B. Wright, Gideon Glick, Remy Zaken, Jennifer Damiano, and Robert Hager, as well as the show’s writers Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik.

Lea‘s Glee co-star Darren Criss, who is currently starring on Broadway in American Buffalo, was also there.

Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known gives a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the sold-out, one-night-only reunion concert featuring the full original cast of the Tony-winning musical. It premieres on HBO on Tuesday, May 3.

Lea is going viral today for some eye-opening comments she made about her relationship with Jonathan.

FYI: Jonathan is wearing Brioni.

Click through the gallery for 50+ photos from the Spring Awakening: Those You’ve Known premiere… More Here! »

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