Julia Roberts Nearly Beat Meg Ryan for 'You've Got Mail' Role

"You've Got Mail" is a classic film that celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Released in December 1998, the movie tells the heartwarming story of Kathleen Kelly (played by Meg Ryan) and Joe Fox (played by Tom Hanks). After meeting in an over-30s chatroom, they strike up an online romance and continue their connection through email. However, little do they know that they are actually business competitors – Kathleen owns a small bookstore, while Joe runs Fox Books, a chain of large bookstores opening up near Kathleen's store.

The behind-the-scenes secrets from the set of "You've Got Mail" are just as intriguing as the film itself, including the revelation that Julia Roberts was considered for the role of Kathleen.

During an appearance on Bravo's late-night talk show, "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," Roberts shared that she had passed on the opportunity to star in the romantic comedy. She believes that everything happens for a reason and that missing out on certain roles is all part of her destiny as an actress.

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of "You've Got Mail," it's clear that the film has left a lasting impact on audiences. Its heartwarming story, memorable characters, and behind-the-scenes secrets continue to captivate viewers today. So, if you're in the mood for a delightful romantic comedy, why not revisit this classic gem?