Watch A Young Blake Lively Audition For Her Role On 'Gossip Girl'

Oh hey, Serena van der Woodsen.

Before Blake Lively was Serena van der Woodsen on The CW's "Gossip Girl," she was just, well, Bridget from "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants."

But thanks to an old audition tape that's recently resurfaced, you can watch Lively read lines for her beloved role. The actress is so Serena in the video clip above, it's hard to imagine anyone but her getting the part. 

And yet, "Gossip Girl" casting director David Rapaport told Buzzfeed that The CW originally wanted other actresses for Serena and Blair. 

"I think the network initially pitched us Ashley Olsen and Rumer Willis for Blair and Serena," said Rapaport. "I love Rumer, she’s grown into quite an amazing actress and person, but that, to me, was based on protecting the investment of a television show where creatively, these lesser-known girls really captured the essence of the show and carried it for six years." 

Yes, they did. 

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