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Kristy Swanson and Vanessa Bryan are among stars considered for Real Housewives over the years

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The Real Housewives of Orange County passed on casting Kristy Swanson and Mariel Hemingway, according to Dave Quinn’s new tell-all book Not All Diamonds and Rosé.

While the Buffy the Vampire Slayer star, 51, and Oscar nominee, 59, would have been among the most famous faces to appear on Bravo’s hit reality show, Dawn Stroupe revealed why they did not make the cut. 

Speaking of Swanson, the casting director said she was ‘interviewed for the show back in Season 12’ after they began a hunt for ‘celebrities who might have ties’ to Coto de Caza. 

Surprising: The Real Housewives of Orange County passed on casting Kristy Swanson and Mariel Hemingway, according to Dave Quinn's new tell-all book Not All Diamonds and Rosé; seen in 2018

Surprising: The Real Housewives of Orange County passed on casting Kristy Swanson and Mariel Hemingway, according to Dave Quinn’s new tell-all book Not All Diamonds and Rosé; seen in 2018 

‘In searching for folks, I found out that Kristy Swanson was from Orange County,’ Stroupe told readers. ‘She lived in L.A., but her mother and brother still live there, so I reached out to her agent.’ 

Before Stroupe could even speak with Swanson directly, however, she posted on her Twitter: ‘Hi fans! I’ve been contacted to do Real Housewives of Orange County. Should I?’

Evolution Media presidents and executive producers, Douglas Ross and Alex Baskin were not pleased by the actress’ stunt as the casting process is confidential. 

Not cast: Despite earning a Golden Globe nomination at just 14 for her role in Woody Allen's Manhattan, Hemingway was passed on 'for one reason or another' (seen in 2016)

Not cast: Despite earning a Golden Globe nomination at just 14 for her role in Woody Allen’s Manhattan, Hemingway was passed on ‘for one reason or another’ (seen in 2016)

On Ross and Baskin’s direction, Stroupe called Swanson’s manager ‘non-stop’ until he told his client to delete the post, which she did.

Her consideration, however, came to a screeching halt when Swanson wore ‘a puffy vest and a sweater and jeans’ to the sit-down interview. 

‘She just didn’t look like the glam they wanted for Housewives,’ Stroupe explained. 

Not interested in reality TV: Despite repeated efforts to 'pursue' Vanessa Bryant, casting director Jennifer Redinger said she turned them down every year

Not interested in reality TV: Despite repeated efforts to ‘pursue’ Vanessa Bryant, casting director Jennifer Redinger said she turned them down every year

'The little info that I share about my life via Instagram photos is enough for me,' she wrote on Instagram in 2014. 'Any rumors about me ever considering being on a reality show aren't true'

 ‘The little info that I share about my life via Instagram photos is enough for me,’ she wrote on Instagram in 2014. ‘Any rumors about me ever considering being on a reality show aren’t true’

‘What we learned when talking to her is that her ex, Alan Thicke, had just died the day before and she was very upset. And ultimately, she didn’t get cast,’ he added.  

The series creator and executive producer Scott Dunlop also spoke to Quinn about another shocking star that didn’t make the cut back in 2012 or 2013.

Despite earning a Golden Globe nomination at just 14 for her role in Woody Allen’s Manhattan, Hemingway was passed on ‘for one reason or another.’

No way: Another casting decision that would have surprised RHOC viewers is that Vicki Gunvalson's daughter Briana Culberson almost made the cut (season 15 cast pictured)

No way: Another casting decision that would have surprised RHOC viewers is that Vicki Gunvalson’s daughter Briana Culberson almost made the cut (season 15 cast pictured)

One star they have ‘pursed’ every year, but has always declined the offer is Vanessa Bryant, who wrote that she would ‘never be on a reality show’ in 2014. 

‘The little info that I share about my life via Instagram photos is enough for me,’ she wrote on Instagram at the time. ‘Any rumors about me ever considering being on a reality show aren’t true.’ 

Another casting decision that would have surprised RHOC viewers is that Vicki Gunvalson’s daughter Briana Culberson almost scored the gig.

Pictured are The Real Housewives of Orange County, including Shannon Storms Beador, Kelly Dodd, Gina Kirschenheiter, Emily Simpson and Braunwyn Windham-Burke

 Pictured are The Real Housewives of Orange County, including Shannon Storms Beador, Kelly Dodd, Gina Kirschenheiter, Emily Simpson and Braunwyn Windham-Burke

‘That was something we threw around at Evolution, but the network never seriously considered it. It never got traction,’ Ross disclosed.

Jerry Leo, who previously served as the Executive Vice President of Program Strategy at Bravo, said talk of Briana joining was ‘discussed a lot’ but then she ‘moved away.’ 

‘And we knew there was no way her husband would want to do it,’ he concluded. 

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