31 Celebrities Who Turned Down Iconic Movie Roles

Coulda, woulda, shoulda! Hollywood is full of almosts, what-ifs, and could-have-beens. And while it’s hard to imagine anyone but Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods, Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz, and Julia Roberts as Vivian Ward, all of those roles very nearly went to other celebrities! 

Usually, it’s a case of a scheduling conflict, but sometimes, an actor just doesn’t recognize a great part when they see it and ends up kicking themself for passing up a role of a lifetime. Once in a blue moon, they don’t regret it, and we’re all glad that the casting directors found the right lead.

Can you believe Alan Rickman wasn’t always meant to play Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies? While it seems every Brit under the sun was considered for a role in the magical franchise, there are a couple of confirmed passes that are sure to send any fan into a mental tailspin. 

And what about The Devil Wears Prada? Apparently, Rachel McAdams turned down the film three separate times before the role of Andy Sachs was awarded to Anne Hathaway. So, does it always work out for the best? Click through and decide for yourself. Here are 31 celebrities who turned down major, iconic movie roles.


Say Goodbye to This Is Us and Hello to Stranger Things This Week

Happy almost Memorial Day weekend, and I’ll see you back here next week.

Monday, May 23

The Neighborhood (CBS):  Titled “Welcome to the Ring,” the fourth season finale features Marty preparing to propose to his girlfriend while Calvin and Tina work with party planner Chika (special guest star Gina Yashere) to throw a celebration that properly honors their future daughter-in-law’s Nigerian heritage. 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

Bob Hearts Abishola (CBS): Per CBS, “When a new charismatic pastor joins their congregation, Abishola is thrilled that Bob has renewed interest in church, but less so when her mother takes a new interest in the pastor. Also, when Dottie gives out bonuses to upper management, Bob must make sure he doesn’t lose his best employee, on the third season finale.” 8:30 p.m. ET/PT, 7:30 pm. CT and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. 

Pictured (L-R): Folake Olowafoyeku as Abishola, Billy Gardell as Bob, and Travis Wolfe, Jr. as Dele.Michael Yarish/CBS

Tuesday, May 24

This Is Us (NBC): Titled “Us,” the finale was written by series creator Dan Fogelman and features new footage filmed three to four years ago with the original Pearson kids (Mackenzie Hancsicsak as young Kate, Parker Bates as young Kevin, and Lonnie Chavis as young Randall). It’s OK to take mental health days the rest of the week, right?  9 p.m. ET/PT, 8 p.m. CT

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Wednesday, May 25

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Disney+): The new limited series from Lucasfilm has Ewan McGregor reprising his role as the iconic Jedi Master, as well as Hayden Christensen in the role of Darth Vader. In Obi-Wan, the story begins 10 years after Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, where our hero faced his greatest defeat—the downfall of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker (who later turned to the dark side as Sith Lord Darth Vader). Take a look below. Streaming

Blake Lively Opens Up About How Her Daughters Impact Her Body Image and Career

Blake Lively just wants her kids to be proud of her.

During a recent interview with Forbes published on May 17, Lively opened up about the effect motherhood has had on her self-image and the kinds of projects she aligns herself with. The Gossip Girl star shares three daughters—seven-year-old James, five-year-old Inez, and two-year-old Betty—with her husband, Ryan Reynolds.

“I think having children for me made me feel so much more in my skin,” Lively told Forbes. “I never felt more myself or at ease in my own body or more confident — not to say that there aren’t a bevy of insecurities coming at me a million times a day, but I just feel incredibly settled.”

That confidence has also impacted Lively’s style and career pursuits. “Family is at the root of everything that I do and it’s also at the root of everything that I create,” Lively said of her non-alcoholic premium mixer line, Betty Buzz. “So, whenever I create something, I create something with family in mind, because that’s just how I live.”

She added, “That also goes into the types of films I want to be a part of. I want to be in films, I want to make films, I want to author films that I would be proud for my children to see. Even the gowns I wear — I just want my kids to be proud.”

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds attend the Met Gala on May 2, 2022.

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Blake Lively’s next film project is the highly anticipated sequel to A Simple Favor (2018). The campy thriller originally followed Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick), a widowed mommy vlogger, as she strikes up a friendship with the mysterious and dangerous Emily Nelson (Lively). Kendrick and Lively are both set to reprise their roles. 

A Complete Timeline of Zoë Kravitz and Channing Tatum’s Relationship

Zoë Kravitz and Channing Tatum are one of those couples you never saw coming but work so well together. 

In 2021, Kravitz and Tatum teamed up for her directorial debut, Pussy Island, which Kravitz also co-wrote. Per Variety, the film follows the story of Frida (Naomi Ackie), “a young, clever, Los Angeles cocktail waitress who has her eyes set on the prize: philanthropist and tech mogul Slater King (Tatum). When she skillfully maneuvers her way into King’s inner circle and ultimately an intimate gathering on his private island, she is ready for a journey of a lifetime. Despite the epic setting, beautiful people, ever-flowing champagne, and late-night dance parties, Frida can sense that there’s more to this island than meets the eye. Something she can’t quite put her finger on. Something terrifying.”

However, it appears their professional relationship quickly evolved into something more. Here’s everything we know about Zoë Kravitz and Channing Tatum’s off-screen romance. 

January 2021

After divorcing her husband, Karl Glusman, in December 2020, rumors that The Batman star had taken up with Tatum began to circulate. However, those rumors were initially shut down in January by a source. 

June 2021

Kravitz and Tatum practically gush about each other during a Deadline interview about their film. “Chan was my first choice, the one I thought of when I wrote this character,” Kravitz said of casting the tech billionaire. “I just knew from Magic Mike and his live shows, I got the sense he’s a true feminist and I wanted to collaborate with someone who was clearly interested in exploring this subject matter.”

Tatum had equally lovely things to say about Kravitz. “When Zoë called me about this, I was shocked. I didn’t know her. I’d watched her in movies, knew she produced High Fidelity and had seen that, but I didn’t know she was creating on a level like this, where she wanted to direct,” he said. “This came out of nowhere and the subject matter made me say, Wait, why are you thinking about me for this? No one gives me a chance to play a role like this, everybody throws me down a different alley and expects me to do a certain thing. It was scary and liberating, just to be able to have a free conversation, where I was allowed to mess up and say the wrong things.”

August 2021

August 18, 2021: The two are spotted “strolling” in the East Village before Tatum hopped onto one of those low BMX bikes and Kravitz stood behind him on the back wheel’s pegs. Check out the pictures and details on Page Six.

August 19, 2021: The High Fidelity star is photographed laughing with Tatum. 

August 27, 2021: According to a source who spoke with Entertainment Tonight, the relationship is no longer a rumor. “Zoë and Channing are dating,” the source says. “It started out as a friendship and eventually turned to be more. The duo was recently spotted at a restaurant in New York City being very affectionate.”

The Soft-Wave Bob Is Breezy, Boho and About to Be Everywhere

Sure, the shape of a bob is fundamental. A great cut can make or break your hair’s ability to look delicious on the daily. But the soft-wave bob? Well, it’s proof that considered styling can breathe new life into your strands, and make you fall back in love with it, even if you’re overdue a cut.

In fact, that’s one of the times a soft-wave bob works best. The unstructured shape, compliments outgrown strands, especially if you like a more laidback, undone look. But equally, the breezy styling can help loosen up ultra neat cuts, like a freshly chopped blunt bob, and give it a much more relaxed vibe. 

So what exactly is it? Simply put, the soft-wave bob is a looser, less structured wave that gives a slightly slept-in texture. It’s the hair equivalent of No Makeup Makeup – minimally styled, but still super natural looking. It’s exactly the right amount of relaxed.

And depending on your hair’s natural texture and your desired look, it can be achieved a few ways. For instance, naturally soft-wave textures can be encouraged with styling products (like salt sprays, texturizing sprays and curl creams) to emphasize the pretty shape further. For straight-ish, or sort of wavy textures, air drying hair that’s tucked behind ears, or twisted into little buns can create a gorgeous soft wave. Or for something a little more glam, heat tools can introduce loose waves, especially when they’re brushed out to look like second or third day hair.

Beach waves have headlined for years, but for summer 2022, this offers an even subtler cool-girl take that look more minimal, and less deliberate. 

Here’s nine of our favorite ways to wear the soft-wave bob.

The caramel soft-wave bob

Influencer, Estela Newbold paired soft-wave sections at the front of her hair with pretty caramel moneypiece highlights.

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Baby braid soft-wave bob

Digital creator, Steph Hui teamed naturally wavy hair with cute baby braids framing her face.

The Best Celebrity Couples Who’ve Gone Public in 2022

We can barely keep up with the Hollywood dating scene these days, but we’ve done our best to put all the new best celebrity couples in one place because Instagram just doesn’t tell the whole story! Just when you thought nothing could top the return of Bennifer in 2021…2022 happened. And by all accounts, keeps happening. 

Do you have a favorite? Or is your ideal ’ship still in the talking stage? Things move fast in the industry, so you really never know who might pair up next. And deny it. And then confirm it on Instagram. And then show up together on the red carpet. Of course. Keep checking back, and we will keep adding. 

So far, here are the best celebrity couples who got together or went public in 2022.

Herringbone Highlights Are the Cool New Way to Embrace Gray Hair

The coolest part about this trend is that it doesn’t try to hide grays, it actually highlights them “using a herringbone pattern of highlighting, various shades are woven in-amongst the gray strands, giving a finely-balanced mix of warm and cool tones,” explains Smith. “This really celebrates gray hairs by including them in a hair color design as an additional highlight shade.”

To get the shade yourself, Smith says to ask your colorist to include your gray hair into your highlight pattern. Ask for a blend of warm and cool toned highlights, and stress that they should be mixed in an irregular way. “Not alternating each shade, but scattering and diffusing the various shades around the irregular pattern of your own gray hair,” says Smith. “Gray hairs tend to arrive sporadically and scattered—some even cluster into streaks, so work with this, rather than fight against it for a hair color design that is totally tailored to you.”

Bella Cacciatore is the associate beauty editor at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @bellacacciatore_.


Kourtney Kardashian Wore a See-Through Red Dress for Prewedding Dinner in Italy

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker are getting married (again) this weekend, and the prewedding festivities are officially in full swing.

On May 20, the reality-TV family were photographed attending a dinner at Ristorante Puny in Portofino, Italy. According to People, the Kardashian-Jenner women were all decked out in Dolce & Gabbana to toast Kourtney’s impending nuptials. However, it was her sheer red dress that stole the show.

At first, Kardashian was photographed hand in hand with her seven-year-old son, Reign Disick, and her eight-year-old niece, North West. Walking just ahead of the group was her nine-year-old daughter, Penelope Disick, also decked out in red. In the photo Kourtney can be seen wearing a see-through red dress, a red stole, and a pair of strappy sandals. Her hair was worn up in a chic bun, with two thick face-framing strands kept loose. 

Kourtney Kardashian arrives at Ristorante Puny on May 20, 2022, in Portofino, Italy. 

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In another photo, Kardashian is seen arm in arm with her husband—the pair were legally married in Santa Barbara on Sunday, May 15. In a show of blended-family unity, Barker held hands with his 16-year-old daughter, Alabama Luella Barker, while Karsashian did the same with his 23-year-old stepdaughter, Atiana De La Hoya. 

PORTOFINO, ITALY – MAY 20: Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian are seen out in Portofino on May 20, 2022 in Portofino, Italy. (Photo by NINO/GC Images)NINO

Kourtney Kardashian Wore a See-Through Red Dress For Pre-Wedding Dinner in Italy

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker are getting married (again) this weekend, and the pre-wedding festivities are officially in full swing.

On May 20, the reality TV family was photographed attending a dinner at Ristorante Puny in Portofino, Italy. According to People, the Kardashian-Jenner women were all decked out in Dolce & Gabbana to toast to Kourtney’s impending nuptials. However, it was Kourt’s sheer red dress that stole the show.

At first, Kourtney was photographed hand-in-hand with her seven-year-old son, Reign Disick, and her eight-year-old niece, North West. Walking just ahead of the group was her nine-year-old daughter, Penelope Disick, also decked out in red. In the photo, Kourtney can be seen wearing a see-through red dress, a red stole, and a pair of strappy sandals. Her hair was worn up in a chic bun, with two thick face-framing strands kept loose. 

Kourtney Kardashian arrives at Ristorante Puny on May 20, 2022, in Portofino, Italy. 

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In another photo, Kourtney is seen arm in arm with her husband—the pair were legally married in Santa Barbara, California on Sunday, May 15. In a show of blended family unity, Travis held hands with his 16-year-old daughter Alabama Luella Barker, while Kourtney did the same with his 23-year-old stepdaughter Atiana De La Hoya. 

Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian are seen out in Portofino, Italy on May 20, 2022.

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Kendall Jenner Shared Rare PDA Moment With Devin Booker While Wearing a Sheer LBD

While rumors of Kendall Jenner’s relationship with Booker began to stir in 2020, the couple didn’t go Instagram official until February 2021. The pair have kept things relatively low-key ever for a member of a reality tv-based family empire. “No offense to my older sisters at all, but I think that Kylie and I specifically have had the opportunity to watch our older sisters go through marriages and relationships and breakups and do them pretty publicly…. I just feel like it’s a private matter and not for anybody else to judge or know,” Jenner explained in June 2021.

Booker opened up about navigating their romance in the spotlight in March 2022. “I wouldn’t say hard,” he told WSJ Magazine. “Honestly, I’m enjoying life to the fullest, and that came off my tongue so easily because it wasn’t always this way, but I feel like I’m in a good place right now.”