Jennifer Lawrence devastated when she wasn't cast as Alice in Tim Burton's Wonderland

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Mar 2, 2018

It's hard to imagine Jennifer Lawrence being jealous of anyone. She's one of the most famous and coveted actresses working in Hollywood today, but it wasn't always so. Before X-Men: First Class and The Hunger Games, Lawrence had a steady indie career, but wasn't super well-known, and certainly not the A-list actress she is today. You might remember that she was in Winter's Bone (for which she earned her first Best Actress Oscar nom), and perhaps you'll recall her role as Lauren Pearson on TBS's The Bill Engvall Show.

During this less well-known time, Lawrence auditioned for a movie at Disney, which was being directed by Tim Burton. She didn't get the role and it was one of the biggest letdowns of her career. Speaking on The Howard Stern Show, she recounted the story:

“Emma Stone and I had this conversation once, ’cause we used to always audition for the same thing … She got one thing that I was dying for, but the one thing that really killed me — the only time I’ve ever been truly devastated by losing an audition … was at Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. That one devastated me.”

The main role of Alice ended up going to Australian actress Mia Wasikowska (Crimson Peak) and the movie came out in 2010, becoming the 29th highest-grossing film of all time. Lawrence said she went to see the film in theaters and was impressed by Wasikowska's performance.

"She was perfect and amazing and I couldn't have had a British accent," she said.

Wasikowska reprised her role as Alice in the 2016 sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass, directed by James Bobin.

You can hear Lawrence's whole story below, as well as the one concerning her audition for Twilight, and how she knew the first Hunger Games would change her life...

Lawrence re-teamed with Catching Fire and Mockingjay director Francis Lawrence to play Russian assassin/seductress Dominika Egorova in Red Sparrow (out today). Ironically, her fame has far outshined that of Wasikowska's at this point.