He blew the audition.
During a panel over the weekend, "Gilmore Girls" casting director Jami Rudofsky revealed she brought Ryan in to read a small part after working with him on an independent film. Things didn't go well.
"I rolled my eyes because he was late, and he was blond," she said.
He got a second shot at the auction and he totally nailed it. In fact, he did "amazing," Jami said, but other producers were far from sold.
"Everyone was like, 'Really, Jami?'" she recalled, saying that he would have probably been cast as a high school football player in Stars Hollow.
Still, things seemed to work out pretty well for that Ryan guy. He went on to be nominated for an Oscar in 2007 (which is coincidentally when "Gilmore Girls" went off the air after seven seasons.)
He has also gone on to find happiness in his personal life, as he's been in a longtime relationship with Eva Mendes (some report claim the two are secretly married). He is also the father to two children, Esmeralda, 2, and 5-month-old Amada.
At the Toronto International Film Festival, the actor happily told Us Weekly that he's "a lucky man" when asked about Eva, whom he fell for on the set of "The Place Beyond the Pines.
"We couldn't be happier," he said. "They are so sweet."
He won't let anyone mess with that sweetness, either. During an appearance on "Ellen" this spring, Ryan shared a story about his approach to protecting Esmeralda from the playground graffiti bully.
"I take my little girl to the park, and we always write her name in chalk, and some kid has been erasing her name and writing their name over it," he explained.
"And this kid has access to an unfair amount of chalk. My little girl doesn't care; she's like, 'Well, let's just chalk anywhere else.' And I'm like, 'No! They're disrespecting your mother because she gave you this name, and they're erasing it. So the only way to really get back at them is to erase their name. And not disrespect their mother, but definitely put her on notice.'"