Okay, so I’m not sure how many authors actually do this, but I imagine quite a few have at least some idea of which actors and actresses they would cast should they ever be lucky enough to have their book adapted into a movie. It helps to have an actor or actress whose performance and way of speaking are familiar to you to bring characters to life inside your mind. I didn’t cast the entire book, since I want to keep at least a little mystery in the book, but I want to share my ideal casting choices for the five main characters.
Matthew Gray Gubler as Michael Sinclair. I’ve been in love with him ever since I saw my very first episode of Criminal Minds. I knew right then and there that he would be my inspiration for at least one of my leading men, and it just so happened that he fit reluctant medium Michael Sinclair to a tee; cute and awkward with a dry sense of humor. I’d also love to see Matthew Gray Gubler as the star of the show!
Amanda Seyfried as Kate Avery. This “casting” was easy. I love Amanda Seyfried. I’m a huge fan of all good chick flicks, and she happens to star in several of my favorites, such as Letters to Juliet and Dear John. I’ve always found it more difficult to write likable female characters. You want them to be nice, smart, fun, but you never want a Mary Sue; a character who is just so perfect that she’s annoying. The most important thing for me in writing Kate was that I wanted her to be real. I didn’t want her to be a perfect Jane Austen-reading, veggie burger-eating, shy girl next door. I wanted her to be a funny, outgoing, neurotic, pizza-loving, television fanatic.
Jensen Ackles as Luke Rainer. Okay, any fan of Supernatural will understand how he inspired the dreamy, ghost hunting superstar, Luke Rainer. He’s loud, charismatic, flirty, but he also has a more serious side that he doesn’t let a lot of people see. He’s not above a little manipulation to get what he wants, but in the end, you still can’t help but love him.
AJ Trauth as Gavin Avery. So, for those of you who don’t remember him, or weren’t old enough to appreciate good television in the late 90’s – early 2000’s, this guy played Twitty in the Disney Channel sitcom, Even Stevens. I’ve never seen him in a really serious role, but physically, he fits the bill for Kate’s haunted brother, Gavin.
Cody Linley as Eugene “Brink” Brinkley. Okay, so, this guy is a lot older now than he was when this picture was taken, but since this is a dream casting, I figure I can get away with using whomever I want. And yes, if you’re wondering, this is Jake Ryan from Hannah Montana. I know his character was kind of a tool, but I kind of liked him. Besides, he’s just how I imagined Michael’s friend and roommate, Brink; youthful, carefree, funny, slightly immature, and optimistic.