Virgin River: Which other character did Charmaine star Lauren Hammersley audition for?

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Charmaine Roberts (played by Lauren Hammersley) has split viewers across the two seasons of Virgin River so far. This is because many fans view her as a block to the blossoming romance between Jack Sheridan (Martin Henderson) and Mel Monroe (Alexandra Breckenridge). However, some might not realise the actor behind the role almost played a very different character on the Netflix show – here’s all you need to know about this.

Which other Virgin River character did Lauren Hammersley audition for?

Virgin River has only run for two seasons so far on Netflix but viewers have already become hooked on the small town’s drama.

One of the major storylines in the series involves Charmaine and her ex-boyfriend Jack.

As viewers will remember, she revealed she was pregnant at the end of season one.

Then throughout season two, she made it her mission to stand in the way of the romance between Mel and Jack, even going as far as to threaten taking her children away from their father.

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The much-hated character is brilliantly played by actor Lauren Hammersley who recently opened up about the role.

However, during a recent interview, she revealed it was not Charmaine who she initially auditioned for in the romantic series.

Speaking to TV Line, Hammersley revealed she had actually been called in for Mel.

Although, she was later told she had booked the role of Charmaine, who they had upped into more of a main character than she was in the novels by Robyn Carr.

She explained: “I’m paraphrasing, but Charmaine’s description in [Robyn Carr’s books] is basically just that she’s 10 years older than Jack.

“And you could tell that she used to be beautiful before she had a few kids.

“This industry is amazing. Whenever you feel really great about something, it has this way of shooting you back down.

“Fortunately, I was told that they were changing the character in order to create more competition and frustration for Mel.”


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However, it might be difficult for fans to imagine Hammersley as Mel, given how polar opposite the characters are.

The part eventually went to actor Alexandra Breckenridge, who was previously known for shows like This Is Us and The Walking Dead.

During her interview with TV Line, Hammersley also revealed how she empathised with Charmaine, even though many viewers dislike her.

She explained: “There are two sides to the story. Charmaine really wanted Jack to be her person, but his heart belongs to Mel.

“It’s been a tough go for Charmaine, but I can see why people just want her out of the way, because of the chemistry between Jack and Mel.

“What Charmaine wants is pretty simple. She wants love, she wants a family and she wants to be connected – not just to Jack, but also to Hope.

“She feels like she belongs at the salon, but she really wants to belong in Virgin River.

“She’s got these shattered relationships, and I don’t think a lot of them are her fault, so I feel compassion for Charmaine.

“And now she’s pregnant, and the guy who did that to her is off with another woman. So that sucks.”

Season three has already been commissioned and viewers can be sure Charmaine will be involved in plenty more drama when it returns.

Virgin River seasons 1-2 are available on Netflix now.

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