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Actors Who Inspired Roles In Popular TV Shows And Movies

Writer/director/executive producer Greta Gerwig poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Barbie' on Wednesday, July 12, 2023, in London. Gerwig, actor, writer and film directo

In various TV shows and movies, characters have been specifically written with certain actors in mind, leading to iconic performances and memorable roles.

In 'Parks and Recreation,' the character of April Ludgate was created for Aubrey Plaza after a standout audition. Similarly, in 'Bottoms,' Ayo Edebiri was cast in a role written for her by the writers. Greta Gerwig wrote the role of Ken in 'Barbie' with Ryan Gosling in mind, and Colman Domingo's character in 'Euphoria' was tailored for him by creator Sam Levinson.

In 'The Holiday,' Nancy Meyers envisioned Kate Winslet as the lead, while Stephanie Beatriz's role in 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' evolved into Rosa Diaz based on her audition. Guillermo del Toro wrote 'The Shape of Water' with Sally Hawkins in mind, and Liza Weil's character in 'Gilmore Girls' was created specifically for her.

In 'Fleabag,' Phoebe Waller-Bridge crafted a role for Andrew Scott, and Nicholas Sparks tailored 'The Last Song' for Miley Cyrus. Justine Triet wrote a role for Sandra Hüller in 'Anatomy of a Fall,' and Quentin Tarantino created 'Pulp Fiction's' Jules Winnfield for Samuel L. Jackson.

In 'The Walking Dead,' Norman Reedus's character Daryl Dixon was invented for him, and Rebel Wilson's role in 'Bridesmaids' was added after her audition. Finally, in 'Frasier,' David Hyde Pierce's character Niles was introduced based on his audition footage, showcasing the impact of casting choices on character development.

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