There’s no denying that getting cast as Jack on Will & Grace was both a life-changing and career-defining event for Sean Hayes. The success of the show — both in the 1990s and today — have made Hayes an instantly recognizable household name. It all started when a casting director thought Hayes would be perfect for the show … but the story took an interesting twist at that point. First of all, he was being considered for the part of Will. And secondly, he blew off the original audition. Fortunately, the twists continued, and we’ll let Hayes tell the whole story. (Click on the media bar below to hear Sean Hayes)

Will & Grace airs Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c on NBC.

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