She was originally cast in Romeo and Juliet

Natalie was originally cast opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ after beating out competition from Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kate Winslet and Jennifer Love Hewitt. Natalie had started rehearsals for the Shakespearean tragedy when executives decided she was not the right fit for the role. At age 13, it was thought that she was too young to tackle such a magnanimous role and she was replaced with 16-year-old Claire Danes.

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