It’s weird to think of another actress playing Amy Santiago in our favorite cop comedy. What’s even weirder, is imagining someone from the show playing Jake’s soulmate. And that nearly was the case. Although Melissa Fumero brilliantly plays the character, it could have been a very different story. Amy and Jake’s love story would have been very different…
Wondering which actress nearly took the role of Amy? Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans, prepared to be shocked, as Stephanie Beatriz auditioned to play Amy as she wanted to be a part of the comedy so much. Yes that’s right, our favorite badass Rosa Diaz nearly got the role of Santiago. The actress recently revealed in her interview with BUILD Series that although she auditioned to play Rosa, there was also an opportunity for her to play Amy. Can you imagine how different the sitcom would have been?!
B99 would have been so different!
While Melissa Fumero of course landed the role, Stephanie Beatriz was close to playing Amy herself. With both actresses fitting the characteristics needed for the role, both auditioned, as Amy was written to be Latina. While Beatriz did get a call back, the screen-test with Andy Samberg wasn’t so successful. Beatriz described the experience as nerve-racking, as at the time the actress had huge admiration for Samberg!
This means that if it wasn’t for a failed chemistry test between Samberg and Beatriz, Amy Santiago’s character could have been a very different one! B99’s casting director asked Beatriz to out for the role of Megan, who in turn ended up developing into Rosa. While there was no direction for Rosa’s character, it seemed Beatriz brought her own flare to the role. With no intentions for Rosa to be written as Latina and fierce, Beatriz changed the mind as writers. The actress even predicted that the sitcom would not have two Latina’s on the show, but how wrong was she!
So there you go, no-nonsense Rosa could have played sweet Amy. Which is seriously something we can’t get our head around! It’s even weirder that thinking about Rachel and Monica in Friends playing the opposite role. Stephanie Beatriz plays Rosa Diaz too well!