Gwen Stefani Recalls Iconic Role She Lost to Angelina Jolie

One of 2005’s hottest blockbusters almost got another lead actress.

Appearing Thursday on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Gwen Stefani briefly recalled auditioning for the role of Jane Smith on “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.” Angelina Jolie then starred in the film, which also starred Brad Pitt.

“Angelina beat me,” the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter joked as the audience collectively gasped. And while she didn’t reveal details about the audition, she added, “It could have been a different story.”

Watch Gwen Stefani’s appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” below.

“Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” directed by Doug Limon, follows a bored suburban couple whose marriage is turned upside down after discovering they are assassins for competing agencies and have been assigned to kill each other. .

The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing $486 million at the worldwide box office. Its production, however, was a publicity frenzy given that it marked the start of Pitt’s romance with Jolie while he was still married to actress Jennifer Aniston.

Although Stefani’s failed “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” came as a surprise to most DeGeneres viewers, she’s touched on the subject before.

“It was between me and Angelina Jolie, and I was like, ‘Oh, great. I got a picture here,'” she said of the project in a 2008 Vogue interview. acting really sounds like something I could do. Every time I’ve done it, every time I’ve had moments where it works, it’s like playing. You knock for a moment. And that’s what movies are: a series of moments.

And though Stefani missed out on the role of Jane Smith, she earned a 2005 Screen Actors Guild Award nomination as part of the ensemble cast of Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio.


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