Jeffrey Dean Morgan missed out on the chance to meet his now-wife Hilarie Burton earlier in his career after auditioning for her hit TV series One Tree Hill.
Burton didn't cross paths with The Walking Dead star until they were set up on a blind date in 2009 by mutual pals and fellow actors Jensen and Danneel Ackles, but they could have fallen for one another a few years earlier had Morgan been hired for the role of father figure Keith Scott, a part which eventually went to Craig Sheffer.
"When I met Jeff, he was like, 'Oh, I auditioned for that show.' I'm like, 'Wait, what?'" Burton recalled on her Drama Queens podcast, which she co-hosts with her friends and former One Tree Hill co-stars Sophia Bush and Bethany Joy Lenz.
"My husband, Jeffrey, auditioned for Sheffer's part. He was like, 'Yeah, you know, I liked the whole gritty garage guy, that edgy thing.'"
Reflecting on the missed opportunity, the actress quipped, "Had Jeff shown up in those tight jeans that Sheff was wearing, I would have definitely had kids earlier!"
One Tree Hill originally ran from 2003 to 2012.
Burton, who turns 39 on Thursday, and Morgan, 55, went on to start a family in 2010 with the birth of son Gus, while their daughter George arrived in 2018. The couple wed in 2019.