ByEmily Browne, writer at
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Emily Browne

Being a young and struggling actor can't be easy, so I imagine getting the call to star in your very own pilot is the call that all burgeoning actors dream of. Sadly, many pilots never make it to air, or enjoy a very short lived life, leaving many back at square one.

These 11 twinkles in Hollywood's eye all felt the bitter sting of a failed pilot, but rose from the ashes to forge huge careers in both TV and film beyond the disappointment.

1. Peter Dinklage

Show: Ultra (2006)

According to IMDB: "A single superhero juggles her crime-fighting career with the demands of her active social life."

Best know for: Game of Thrones, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Boss, Pixels

2. Seth Rogan

Show: Unknown series for HBO

The show was originally a combined effort with Jason Segel and focused on music. Even though a few episodes were filmed, none of them have seen the light of day.

Best known for: Neighbors, Superbad, Pineapple Express, Kung Fu Panda, Sausage Party, Preacher

3. Jennifer Aniston

Show: Muddling Through (1994)

According to IMDB: "After two years in jail for shooting her cheating husband Sonny in his behind, Connie Drego returns home, to the motel she owns and which her oldest daughter Madeline kept open in her absence. Connie desperately wants to pick up the pieces of her life and try to do it right this time, but that's not going to be easy with her daughter Kerri well into puberty, Sonny still living in one of her rooms, and her bright Madeline married to Duane Cooper, the naive state trooper who arrested her."

Best known for: Friends, The Good Girl, Bruce Almighty, Marley & Me, Horrible Bosses

4. Brie Larson

Show: Hope & Faith (2003)

According to IMDB: "Hope, a down-to-earth, happily married mom of three in Glen Falls, Ohio, had her tidy world up-ended by the arrival of her celebrity sister, Faith. Faith was living the high life in Hollywood as a daytime soap opera star until her soap's character, Ashley Storm, was suddenly and unceremoniously killed off on "The Sacred and the Sinful" by her evil twin. After a year under her roof wreaking occasional havoc, Hope can attest that you can kill the diva off on the daytime drama, but you can't take the drama out of the diva."

Although Hope & Faith aired for three years, the original pilot with Brie Larson was dropped in favor of a new cast.

Best known for: Room, 21 Jump Street, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Trainwreck

5. Amy Poehler

Show: North Hollywood (2001)

There is no word about what the show was meant to be about, but it also involved comedy powerhouses Kevin Hart and Judd Apatow.

Best known for: Saturday Night Live, Parks & Recreation, Inside Out, Wet Hot American Summer, Mean Girls

6. Ian Somerhalder

Show: Fearless (2004)

According to IMDB: "A girl without the gene for fear becomes an FBI agent. Based on a book series."

Best known for: The Vampire Diaries, Lost, Smallville

7. Rupert Grint

Show: Super Clyde (2013)

According to IMDB: "Centers on Clyde, a meek, unassuming fast food worker who decides to become a super hero."

Best known for: Harry Potter, Thunderpants, CBGB

8. Emma Roberts

Show: Delirium (2014)

According to IMDB: "Set in a world where love is deemed illegal and can be eradicated with a special procedure. With 95 days to go until her scheduled treatment, Lena Holoway does the unthinkable, she falls in love."

Best known for: American Horror Story, Scream Queens, We're The Millers

9. Alexis Bledel

Show: Us & Them (2013)

According to IMDB: "Focuses on the key life moments for Gavin and Stacey, who try to maintain their relationship while combining their polarizing families' lives."

Best known for: Gilmore Girls, Sin City, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

10. Lena Headey

Show: Ultra (2006)

Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage crossed paths long before they played the Lannister siblings on Game of Thrones, as she also starred in the unaired pilot for Ultra.

Best known for: Game of Thrones, Dredd, 300, Imagine Me & You

11. Julie Andrews

Show: Julie (1992)

According to IMDB: "Short-lived sitcom starring Julie Andrews and directed by her husband, Blake Edwards. She played a star of a television variety show who moves with her new husband to Sioux City, Iowa, and decides to broadcast her show from there in order to balance her career and family life."

Best known for: The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Victor Victoria, The Princess Diaries

So as you can see, a failed pilot by no means indicates a failed career, so keep on slogging, young Hollywood, and take note from these successful stars.

Which of these pilots do you wish had lasted longer?

Source: teen


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