But the producers decided he 'looked more like a serial killer than a romantic lead.' Ouch.
Eventually, they went with the (then) lesser known actresses Leighton Meester and Blake Lively, because they 'captured the essence' of the stories.
Who went on to provide the voice for Anna in Disney's hit WATCH: Gossip Girl - Then and Now The two actresses appear to be auditioning for a film adaptation of Dan's novel. So Vanessa actually appears in Carrie Bradshaw's '80s kitchen.
This is a real building - where a three bedroom penthouse apartment recently sold for around million. Blake is now married to actor Ryan Reynolds, and they're expecting their second child. Why are there no opening shot of Serena) and the steps of the Met, of course. It's found at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street.
He told Andy Cohen and fellow guest Shania Twain: 'We were constantly professional to be honest and we should both pat ourselves on the back because anything is complicated in that way...
They run in the same circles, so why not, you know? They’re spending hours upon hours with one another, so it’s practically an inevitability.
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds attend the 'Captives' premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2014 in Cannes, France.
It was only recently that anyone even suspected that something might be amiss between the two, although there was that whole awkward side hug incident a few weeks ago that caused people to start gossiping on-set, and not in a good way.
(Prior to their split, the two were more likely to swap spit in between takes, it seems.) Blake Lively And Ryan Gosling: Dating Or Not?