TV-MOVIES

The Vampire Diaries
Character Sarah
Michelle Gellar
Almost Played

By ZACHARY LEEMAN

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star Sarah Michelle Gellar nearly returned to the world of undead for a surprising role in "The Vampire Diaries." The actress was offered the role of fan-favorite Rose, who was eventually played by Lauren Cohan.

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Showrunner Kevin Williamson, recalled that the offer to the "Buffy" actress was the only time his vampire series tried for "stunt casting," only to receive a pass from the actress. A role that would have seen Gellar going from slaying vampires to being one herself.

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According to Williamson, Gellar was "very appreciative but just said no" to the offer, though he describes the casting as one of his "pipe dreams." Approximately a year after Rose debuted on "The Vampire Diaries," Gellar took her shot at leading another hit series with the quickly-canceled drama "The Ringer."

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