Alright yes, it’s true — Evan Rachel Solid wood turned down a role in Mean Young ladies, as she exposed in an interview on Thursday night. But before you begin scolding her for what feels like a cardinal sin, just know that there was reasonable behind it. The 30-year-old sat down for an interview with Jimmy Fallon during a Tonight Show appearance on Thursday night night. As well as for as much as the acting professional says she regrets the loss of an possibility to do a project with Tina Fey, she considered her job and her brand in your choice. And truthfully, you can’t be mad at that.
“I read — is this true?” Fallon questioned his visitor, “–did you audition for Mean Young ladies?” “No, it’s a whole lot worse,” Wood replied ruefully. “I transformed it down.” The late-night host’s jaw lowered, the audience gasped, and the Westworld superstar launched in to the fateful tale:
“There’s reasonable! The sole reason is basically because I was already supposed to execute a film called ‘Pretty Persuasion’ that was occur a high university, that was very ‘Heathers’-esque, and it was very similar [to ‘Mean Ladies’]. And I had been kind of doing that. THEREFORE I was like, I can’t, I cannot.”
And the rest, as you know, is history.
Timber doesn’t go so far as to spill which role she was invited to try out, but Pretty Persuasion is detailed on IMDb as a dark comedy, which reveals some clues. In case the then-teenager have been offered a job like Cady Heron, which visited Lindsay Lohan, or Amanda Seyfried’s ditzy Karen Smith, perhaps it would’ve been a different-enough personality to set it apart from Wood’s existing assignments. But coming off of 2003’s Thirteen, Wood was likely eyed for the moodiest of the main girl parts, Janis Ian, eventually played to excellence by Lizzy Caplan, or key manipulator, Regina George, nailed by the impeccable Rachel McAdams.
And since Mean Young ladies’ 2004 release sandwiched it riiiiight smack dab in between Thirteen and Pretty Persuasion in the years before and after, you can see why Hardwood might have desired to stay away from another role of the same ilk. She couldn’t possibly have known what a large strike the film would turn out to be, so it’s a really good thing that she was shopping for her own bottom line. It’s easy to get pigeonholed into jobs regardless of what your age, however the move from child legend to adult acting professional is a particularly tricky one.