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Rob Harris

It's become somewhat of a running joke that the cast of Friends are virtually inseparable from their characters, so much so that Jennifer Aniston is often referred to as 'Rachel from Friends.' 236 episodes spent playing her will do that to you.

But did you know that another leading lady was a whisker away from taking Aniston's role? That person was Jane Krakowski of 30 Rock fame.

Krakowski recently revealed this awesome tidbit of TV trivia at the Emmys, telling an interviewer:

I, like almost every actor in the world, auditioned for Friends. I wish I had gotten that one. I actually auditioned for Rachel.

How different would the show have been if it was Krakowski protesting that her and Ross most definitely were NOT on a break instead of Aniston?!

Undeterred by the failed audition, Krakowski - who was just 25 at the time - went on to enjoy a fruitful career and is still going strong, appearing on Tina Fey's 30 Rock follow up, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Who else almost played Rachel?

Krakowski wasn't the only woman casting directors had their eyes on. Others considered included...

Tea Leoni

Leoni was actually the first choice for the role, but she turned it down.

Elizabeth Berkley

That's right - Central Perk's resident blonde was almost a brunette, but this Saved By the Bell star narrowly missed out.

Nomi Malone

Believe it or not, this Showgirls stripper also auditioned, but it wasn't to be.

I don't know about you, but I'm personally very happy Aniston landed the role. She'll always be Rachel from Friends to me.



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