Ashley Olsen Was Almost Cast as Serena van der Woodsen

Meghan Blalock

Fans of the long-defunct but highly beloved CW show Gossip Girl have had a pretty exciting week. Yesterday, Blake Lively's audition tape for the show leaked, and today comes this fantastical news: Ashley Olsen was almost cast to play Lively's lead character Serena van der Woodsen.

"The network initially pitched us Ashley Olsen and Rumer Willis for Blair and Serena," David Rapaport, the casting director for the series, told BuzzFeed. "I love Rumer, she's grown into quite an amazing actress and person, but that, to me, was based on protecting the investment of a television show where creatively, these lesser-known girls [Lively and Meester] really captured the essence of the show and carried it for six years."

To us, as die-hard fans of everything Olsens, we personally would have loved to see Ashley in that lead role—but it's also tough to imagine because Lively really carried the entire show. What do you think—would Ashley Olsen have made a good Serena van der Woodsen? Tell us your thoughts below!

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