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.