Posted: 8 October, 2015
Blake Lively's Gossip Girl Audition Proves Why No One Else Could Play Serena
No one could play Serena like Blake!
The internet was abuzz with reports this week that Blake Lively was not the original choice for Serena van der Woodsen. Are you as outraged as we are!?
According to casting agent David Rapaport, the network that aired Gossip Girl originally pitched Ashley Olsen and Rumer Willis for the now iconic roles. Katie Cassidy and the girl who posed as Serena’s legs on the GG book covers (yes really) also tested for the part of Serena.
Luckily common sense prevailed, and David pushed through Blake and Leighton Meester and made sure they were cast.
“Blake Lively was literally the only person I could think of for Serena,” David told Buzzfeed. “I had seen her in Accepted [a 2006 comedy co-starring Justin Long] and at that time, there were no Lena Dunhams or Zooey Deschanels — it was all about beauty and glamour, but being approachable and Blake was the ultimate It Girl.”
Well we’re here to remind you why Blake Lively was the ONLY pick for Serena Van Der Woodsen.
Her Gossip Girl audition tape has been floating around the internet for a while now, and if you haven’t seen it you are missing out.
If the video comes up as a grey screen ignore it; click play and see Serena come to life in front of your eyes.
Blake Lively Audition Tape - Gossip Girl