Kristen Stewart: The Bella Runner Up?

Actress Michelle Trachtenberg (aka Harriet the Spy) has revealed she lost out on the role of Bella Swan in the hit Twilight movie franchise because of scheduling complications.

She was first approached by a casting agent in the first Twilight film’s early production stages but because she was already locked into her contract with U.S. TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she had to pass on the part, which eventually went to then-newcomer Kristen Stewart. The Vampires really want Michelle.. though I bet she’s kicking herself for choosing a remake over this gold mine.

She tells UsMagazine.com, “I was actually supposed to star in that (Twilight), but I was on Buffy at the time… I’ve known (director) Catherine Hardwicke since the movie Thirteen… I guess schedules never worked out.”

Trachtenberg understands why she was considered to star in yet another vampire franchise: “There’s only so few pale girls in Hollywood.”

..Amen to that. #gingerproblems.

Can you imagine a twilight world without the horrible awkwardness of Kristen Stewart? Who would you have wanted to play Bella?

Sidenote: they look eerily similar as kids.