- Blaze Berdahl, Pet Sematary, 1989. The girl that was Wednesday - in The Addams Family - auditioned for Stephen King’s Ellie Creed
- Ariana Richards, Jurassic Park, 1992.
- Kirsten Dunst, Little Women. 1994. As the young Amy.
- Natalie Portman, Léon, France, 1994. Luc Beson said he saw 6,000 petites filles. Natalie was only 11, when he’d ordered 12-year-olds. “But she was like a bombe atomique! And there and then, in one single scene, she was able to cry and to laugh - exceptional for a child of her age. And she beat Christina Ricci and Liv Tyler.”
- Kirsten Dunst, Interview With The Vampire, 1994.
- Claire Danes, Romeo + Juliet, 1996. Too short. Too young. “I wanted that movie so badly it hurt. I’m very competitive. I just want to be the best at something... as if that really matters, as if can be measured, anyway.”
- Dominque Swain, Lolita, 1996. UK director Adrian Lyne called her four times. No way, said she. "I'm not going there just so I can get fucked with." He had previously rejected her as... too healthy, too heavy, too emaciated ("in the middle of my anorexia") and uncastable. Following her impact as an angst-ridden teen in Ice Storm, 1966, she was up for seven movies in 18 months. Swain, aged 15, had a pillow between her and Jeremy Irons in their intimate scenes.
- Alicia Silverstone, Batman & Robin, 1996.
- Sarah Polley, Go, 1999. Passed on director Doug Liman’s triple account of one drug deal. Just too busy…\Saw director Tim Blake Nelson about playing the updated Desdemona - Desi! - in Othello’s new setting of a US high school where the basketball star Odin believes everything Hugo tells him.
- Julia Stiles, 0, 1999. Saw director Tim Blake Nelson about playing the updated Desdemona - Desi! - in Othello’s new setting of a US high school where basketball star Odin believes everything Hugo (ex-Iago) tells him. Nelson edited his film by night while acting in the Coen brothers’ O Brother Where Art Thou during the day.
Explains much about both movies.
- Shannyn Sossamon, American Psycho, 2000. Christina would have been perfect.
- Kate Hudson, Almost Famous, 2000. Looking for his Penny Lane groupie (based on Pennie Trumble, aka Pennie Lane), in his semi- autobiographical look back to his Rolling Stone reporter daze, Cameron Crowe saw all of LA’s bright young things… Ricci, Neve Campbell, Claire Danes, Kirsten Dunst, Jenna Elfman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Anne Heche, Rose McGowan, Bridget Moynahan, Brittany Murphy, Rebecca Romijn, Chloe Sevigny, Mena Suvari. Next? Uma Thurman passed and the winner, Sarah Polley, split. (Silly girls). Crowe then chose Kate because “she seemed more like a free spirit.” But, but, but… Sevigny was the most free spirt in all Hollywood!
- Thora Birch, Ghost World, 2001. By the time they got around to making the movie, she was...too old. So soon!
- Drew Barrymore, Riding In Cars With Boys, 2001. Writer-producer-directorJames Brooks bought the rights in 1989 for Cher and Debra Winger as mother and daughter. Ricci popped into the mix.Drew won and her Ma was Lorraine Bracco.
- Anne Hathaway, The Princess Diaries, 2001. Among 21 youngstars (Jessica Alba to Reese Witherspoon) rejecting the awkward San Francisco teenager being groomed (by Julie Andrews!) to inherit the Genovia throne - after director Garry Marshall’s (rather surprising) first choice of Juliette Lewis quit. And so, Hathaway made her first movie.
- Linda Cardellini, Scooby-Doo, 2002. As the Scooby flag was run up (and down) the Hollywood flagpole, the Velma Dinkley choices included Ricci, Janeane Garofalo, Sara Gilbert, Carla Gugino, Alyssa Milano. ER’s future Nurse Sam Taggart bagged it.
- Cameron Diaz, Gangs of New York, 2002. Auditioned for a film-making legend. Martin Scorsese. Another one, Tim Burton, called her the possible daughter of Bette Davis and Peter Lorre.
- Shannyn Sossamon, The Rules of Attraction, 2000. She rejected the role of Lauren Hynde because of the “gross and offensive rape.”
- Jodie Foster, Flightplan, 2004. When Sean Penn decided not to play the widower whose daughter goes missing during an international plane journey - German director Robert Schwentke started looking for a widow. Ricci, Josie Davis and Portia de Rossi switched to other flights.
- Holliday Grainger, The Borgias, TV, 2010. Irish director Neil Jordan’s 2002 choices for Lucrezia and Cesare Borgia were Ricci and Ewan McGregor. They became Scarlett Johansson and Colin Farrell in 2006. Rest of that cast would have included Antonio Banderas, John Malkovcich, Ian McKellen, Jean Reno... before Jordan finally got his film off the ground - as a TV series.