Who Was Supposed to Be 'Mean Girls' Aaron Samuels? Jonathan Bennett Wasn't The First Choice

With the 10-year anniversary of Mean Girls just around the corner, we can't get enough of reminiscing about the best teen flick of the decade. Recently, Cosmopolitan sat down with everyone's favorite "too-gay-to-function" high school student Damian (aka actor Daniel Franzese) who shared some juicy gossip about the movie. Franzese revealed that Mean Girls may have looked a little bit different had a certain actor behaved himself at the table read.

In his interview with Cosmopolitan.com, Franzese talked a little bit about his audition for the role of Damian, which happened over dinner with Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels and some of the members of the cast. Lacey Chabert, Lindsay Lohan, and Jonathan Bennett, who played Aaron Samuels in the film, were also at the dinner. At the time, both Bennett and Franzese weren't cast yet — a different actor was cast in the role of Samuels. Unfortunately, that actor played it way too "cool," and refused to take off his hat when asked — which lead to his dismissal. The most interesting bit? This actor was, Franzese says, someone we all would have recognized. According to Franzese, the actor "has worked consistently," and is "someone you would have known."

Hmm... someone we would have known? Interesting. Though I can't imagine anyone but Jonathan Bennett playing Aaron Samuels, I have my speculations as to who this actor could have been. It's just speculation of course, but these guys would definitely have fit the bill.

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by Kaitlin Reilly

Chad Michael Murray

Well-known? Sure — he had just made Freaky Friday alongside Lindsay Lohan. Worked consistently? Well, if all those years on One Tree Hill counts as consistent, then, yeah, totally.

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Adam Brody

Could Lorne Michaels have originally wanted Aaron Samuels to appeal to our nerd-loving side?

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Jesse Metcalfe

He was playing Gabby’s man-on-the-side in 2004, but he would have been perfect as the guy Regina and Cady fought over.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt

In 2004, he was doing indie films and dropping out of Columbia University. He’s got the charming-yet-sweet thing going for him, not unlike Jonathan Bennett himself.

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Zach Gilford

Two years after Mean Girls he became everyone’s dream boyfriend on Friday Night Lights (well, for those of us who weren’t Team Riggins).

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Josh Henderson

AND LOOK! He’s even wearing a HAT! Could this Dallas star have been booted from Mean Girls?

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Ryan Kwanten

Pure speculation, but this True Blood star’s age does work out. Plus, doesn’t his hair look sexy pushed back? Please tell him that his hair looks sexy pushed back.

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James Lafferty

He’s got a better rep than his One Tree Hill brother Chad Michael Murray AND he even did the sequel to Donnie Darko. He’s currently starring in the new horror flick Oculus.

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Jared Padalecki

He was Dean on Gilmore Girls in 2000, so maybe he would have been a tad old for Aaron Samuels. However, when you remember that Regina George (AKA Rachel McAdams) was actually 27, it doesn’t quite seem so shocking. He’s got the swooshy-haired thing going on AND was a fantastic boyfriend to Rory on Gilmore Girls, even if I was always rooting for Jess.

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