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Jessica Biel: I Was Passed Over For ‘The Notebook’

Erin Carlson
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Jessica Biel regrets losing "The Notebook" to Rachel McAdams.

(Can you imagine anyone else in that role? Admit it: you really loved kinda liked "The Notebook" too. And you still secretly hope McAdams will get back together with Ryan Gosling. Or not.)

"That's one that I wanted so badly," Biel admits in an interview with Elle magazine. "I was in the middle of shooting 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre,' and I auditioned with Ryan Gosling in my trailer -- covered in blood. [Director] Nick Cassavetes put me through the wringer in an interesting, excitingly creative way. But there's a million that get away. We're gluttons for punishment. It's just rejection."

Biel, who graces the December cover of the fashion glossy, is doing just fine circa 2011: she stars in the Garry Marshall rom-com "New Year's Eve," out Dec. 9, and has a slew of other movies in production. Most notably: a remake of "Total Recall," for which she put her toned physique to good use in an action role opposite Colin Farrell.

"I feel very lucky that I grew up using my body, playing soccer, doing gymnastics," she says. "I'm just not one of those people who are super-duper skinny."

As for reports that Biel's back together with on-again/off-again/maybe-on-again boyfriend Justin Timberlake, she teases: "A girl doesn't kiss and tell."

(Buzzkill!) In any event, she's in no rush to become a wife -- or Mrs. Timberlake -- anytime soon. Or have kids, for that matter.

"Sure, of course [I plan to have children]," she says. "And, yeah, I think probably at some point it would be something I'm interested in. But I don't feel pressured. I was never one of those girls who dreamt of my wedding and my Prince Charming. To piss off my mom, I used to say, 'I'm never having kids, and I'm going to be a fabulously rich old maid living in a house with cute butlers and dogs.'"

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