Shailene was asked to audition for the film, but turned down the chance. She explained her decision by saying, “It’s because I had already done Divergent and I knew there was no way I wanted to do multiple franchises at the same time, because that’s crazy, so I didn’t see the point in it.”
When rumors surfaced that Elizabeth was in the running to play Anastasia Steele, all she had to say was, "No! No! No!"
Despite being an early fave to play Ana, the HP actress shot down rumors of ever actually being attached to the film. She told EW, "I haven’t read the book, I haven’t a read a script, nothing! There are so many movies you become attached to when I've literally never even received a phone call."
Digital Spy reported that at 30, Felicity was too old to play college-student Anastasia.
In the summer of 2013, Variety reported that Imogen was one of director Sam Taylor-Johnson's favorites to play Anastasia.
Following rumors that Ian Somerhalder was considered to play Christian, fans immediately began talking about the idea of Nina also starring in the film. While TVD fans were totally on board for this to happen, Nina wasn't. She told MTV, "I think it would be better [if] either he should get it or I should get it," but not both together.
The PLL actress DID audition, on the other hand, but wasn't a fan of the audition process. She told Cosmopolitan, "That audition was so uncomfortable! It’s exactly what you thought it would be: a big monologue but very, very sexual. There were some things that I was so embarrassed to be reading out loud, but it’s one of those things where you have to commit wholeheartedly or you’re going to make a fool of yourself." Hm, maybe it's best that she didn't end up getting this role!