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BETTY AND RUE ACTUALLY SWITCHED ROLES AT THE LAST MINUTE.
Rue was supposed to play Rose and Betty was supposed to play Blanche, believe it or not. It sounds kind of bizarre, considering how different their characters are, but the producers assumed that they’d be the perfect fit because both actresses played similar characters in the past. The pilot director, Jay Sandrich, decided to make them switch their roles – and the result was just magical.
Rue said: â€œIt would have been painful for me to have to go to work every day and play Rose. They loved what [Betty] did. She did a beautiful, funny job.â€