It can be difficult to imagine Brotherhood of Traveling Pants without America Ferrera, Alexis Bledel, Blake Lively and Amber Tamblyn, but other stars actually came close to landing roles in the hit film.
Producer Debra Martin Chase recalled what happened during the casting of the 2005 film during a recent interview on the Hollywood gold podcast.
She said that Ferrera, who played Carmen, was “the first one we cast”, but noted that she was “still a newbie” at that time.
A Princess’s Diary The producer also revealed that he was going to cast Mischa Barton as Lively’s Bridget and Kristin Kreuk as Lena in Bledel, but when production was delayed, both actresses were busy filming again. The CO And Small cityrespectively.
“So we started all over again. We saw everyone,” Chase said. “I mean, Kaley Cuoco, Alexa [PenaVega]. … [Olivia Wilde] was on the shortlist.
She continued the casting process: “America stayed, we brought it with us. At that point, Amber Tamblyn (who played Tibby) was on Joan of Arcadia, so she was a big deal. We wanted real actors. They had to fill the roles. They had to embody the roles, embody them authentically. We went to see Alexis very early for Lena but she made it. She was still doing Gilmore Girls. She was tired and died, and then we kept looking.
Chase admitted that finding the right actress for Bridget seemed to be the most difficult challenge as they needed someone who had an “innocence” while also having the “skills” to take on the role. She described the character as “beautiful but in a pure way; presumably she was a virgin, she was not captivated by his appearance. And she had to be able to act. ……