November 3rd, 2011
05:16 PM ET
As with love, life as an actor means always having that one that got away. And for Jessica Biel, it sounds like it was the lead role of Allie from "The Notebook," which ended up going to Rachel McAdams.
Ryan Gosling, memorably, played her paramour from the wrong side of town, Noah.
Biel, 29, tells Elle magazine in its December issue, "'The Notebook'...That's one I wanted so badly. I was in the middle of shooting 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre,' and I auditioned with Ryan Gosling in my trailer - covered in blood."
Needless to say, that probably wasn't the best way to make an impression on director Nick Cassavetes, who "put me through the ringer in an interesting, excitingly creative way," Biel recalls.
"But," she continues, "there's a million that get away. We're gluttons for punishment. It's just rejection."
If the rejection ever got too rough, Biel says she's not opposed to dropping out of acting altogether to pursue other interests.
"I'd love to write," she tells Elle. "I wrote a lot of short stories and poetry when I was a kid. That was my creative outlet. I've written a short film, and I've written poetry."
Whether Justin Timberlake, her ex-boyfriend and potentially still her current flame, is the subject of any of these musings, Biel doesn't say. She won't even confirm what's going on between them.
"A girl doesn't kiss and tell," Biel tells Elle. As for how she ended up dating a fellow star, she says, "I think those people are the people you meet and so it just kind of happens. Let me tell you: It never happens on purpose."
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