March 06, 2014
The My So-Called Life part that put Claire Danes on the map and earned her a Golden Globe nearly went to actress Alicia Silverstone. The Clueless star auditioned for the part of Angela Chase at age 16, and executive producer Ed Zwick was so taken with her that he told his co-executive producer Marshall Herskovitz to "just cast her," according an article in The New Yorker.
However, Herskovitz found Silverstone to be "too pretty." "People would have been telling her she was beautiful since she was six years old. You can't put that face in what's been written for this girl," he argued. Casting director Linda Lowy said of Danes' audition, "From the minute she walked in the room, Claire was chilling, astounding, and silent. There was so much power coming out of her without her doing much."