Jeremy Sisto and Leonardo DiCaprio broke out into Hollywood around the same time, but with very different roles. However, there’s one role they had in common, and that’s Jack Dawson in Titanic.
At the time, Sisto was just on the big screen playing Elton in the 1995 hit Clueless, but unfortunately for Jeremy, he didn’t get the role of Jack Dawson even though he got as far as reading lines with star Kate Winslet. Titanic went on to make DiCaprio a household name and catapulted him into a different level of fame as well.
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In an interview with HuffPost Live, Sisto discussed the dream role and said he was upset that he didn’t win it.
“That was one of the many, many jobs I didn’t get. It’s always fun to see a movie that you know really well and love with this alternate universe person in there. So while I was a little embarrassed to reveal one of my many failures in life, at the same time I couldn’t deprive Titanic lovers of seeing that alternate universe.”
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“I loved it. I read with Kate as well as three other actresses. I was just insanely inspired by it and a little heartbroken when the role didn’t come my way.”
As for his breakout role in Clueless, Sisto remembers it fondly.
“I was 19 years old so I was trying to figure out who I was. So when I think back to that time, it was kind of like my college period. A period that you’re trying to figure out who you want to be.”
Although Sisto scored a nice role in Clueless, he was also afraid that the cult status of the teen hit would mean that he would no longer be able to work as an actor.
“For a while I was concerned that I wouldn’t be still acting. I was really afraid that was going to happen. I’m really proud to be a part of something that was a big thing for people when they were young. For me it was like Breakfast Club when I was a kid.”
Sisto went on to star in such television shows as Law & Order, Six Feet Under, and Suburgatory.
[Image via ABC Studios]