Actress Connie Britton missed out on playing Tom Cruise's love interest in Jerry Maguire, despite winning over casting directors at her audition.

The 45-year-old Friday Night Lights star was ready for her big break-out movie in the Cameron Crowe film, but the director picked Renee Zellweger as his leading lady instead.

She tells the New York Times Sunday Magazine Crowe assured her she was perfect for the role after she auditioned with Cruise but the director explained he had one more young actress to screen test.

Britton says, "It was heartbreak. Maybe I was too tall."