Jennifer Lawrence almost starred in Gossip Girl as this iconic character

Can you imagine it?

Words – Dana Schwartz

From the editors of Instyle US

As well as being known for her awkward red carpet hugs and shouting at paps who touch her dog, Jennifer Lawrence is famous for playing the badass Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. However, things could have worked out very differently for the 27-year-old…

The pilot of hit 2007 show Gossip Girl begins with a certain charismatic blonde party girl returning New York City. Of course, Serena van der Woodsen was iconically portrayed by Blake Lively, but thanks to a Vulture interview with the show’s creator, Josh Schwartz, we have some brand new intel.

‘We did not realise this at the time, but Jennifer Lawrence really wanted to play Serena and auditioned,’ Schwartz said.

‘This story came to us secondhand, but we were told she definitely auditioned and was bummed to not get it.’

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Lawrence, who would have been 16 at the time, is three years younger than Lively, so even though she might have looked slightly more like a high schooler, the show creators already had their hearts set on the future Mrs. Ryan Reynolds.

Poor J.Law missed out on a nearly a decade of wearing improbably grown-up fashion and making out with Penn Badgley. Even though she would love to know what she looked like playing the iconic Gossip Girl character, Lawrence’s career took her in a different direction. Instead, she got an Oscar nomination at 20 for Winter’s Bone, and two years later she won the coveted Academy Award for Silver Linings Playbook.

But just imagine how different it would have been if it was Jennifer Lawrence pouring yogurt onto girls’ hair on the Met steps…

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