While Jessica Biel may seem to have it all- hot boyfriend, successful career- the 29-year-old actress recently dished to Elle Magazine about the role that got away.
It’s a recent entrant into happy/sad love movie history and a chick flick favorite, and the film adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks film The Notebook starred Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams (who also starred in sad love/time travel flick The Time Traveler’s Wife.) The film made waves and became an instant classic, and Biel laments that although she tried out, she was unable to snag the role that made McAdams a rom-com mainstay.
Biel doesn’t gloss over her disappointment on losing the role to McAdams, and recounts a hectic audition with a little bit of regret:
“[The Notebook] was the one that I wanted so badly. I was in the middle of shooting ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre,’ and I auditioned with Ryan Gosling in my trailer — covered in blood. [Director] Nick Cassavetes put me through the wringer in an interesting, excitingly creative way. But there’s a million that get away. We’re gluttons for punishment. It’s just rejection.”
Biel also spoke of plans to have kids- in the relatively distant future. The actress says that she’d like to be a mom someday, but she used to tease her own mother about whether or not she’d have them:
“To piss off my mom, I used to say, ‘I’m never having kids, and I’m going to be a fabulously rich old maid living in a house with cute butlers and dogs.’”
As to with whom, however, Biel was mum when asked specifically about Justin Timberlake, adding that a girl “doesn’t kiss and tell.”