Single mother Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) raised her teenage daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel) in the quaint, smalltown of Stars Hollow, and “The Gilmore Girls” share a unique friendship and bond which endears their characters to fans. In each episode, the lives and loves of Lorelai and Rory took precedence, but Ryan Gosling was nearly cast on the show in a supporting role, according to statements made by casting director Jami Rudofsky at the first ever “Gilmore Girls” Fan Festival. “[Gosling was] the one who got away,” Rudofsky said during the fan festival via Vulture.
“When I was a very wee casting person, I was casting [an] independent movie for no money,” Rudofsky said during the festival via an interview with BuzzFeed News. This guy [Gosling] came in, and he was late, and I rolled my eyes because he was late, and he was blonde. I thought he was giving attitude — what I didn’t realize was that he was in character. He did the audition, and it was one of the most amazing auditions that I’ve ever seen.”
“[I’d] kept him in my mind, and I was thinking, ‘I can’t wait for them [Gilmore Girls executives] to meet him,'” Rudofsky continued. “And I am talking him up. I’m like, ‘Amy [Sherman-Palladino], guys, he’s the best actor. I’m telling you; he is amazing.’ So, he came in, I think it was a football character? I don’t even remember… He auditioned, and it kind of fell flat. And Amy was like, ‘Really, Jami?'”