20Jennifer Connolly beat Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Jessica Parker, and more to play Sarah
Labyrinth was not Jennifer Connelly's first movie, but it was definitely her first big, high-profile role. The actress, who had previously appeared in the teen comedy Seven Minutes in Heaven and the critically-acclaimed drama Once Upon a Time in America, snagged the lead role of Sarah, beating out some tough competition in
The list of actresses who also auditioned to play Sarah now reads like a Who's Who of eventual stars. Among those trying out for the part were Helena Bonham Carter, Laura Dern, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jane Krakowski, and Marisa Tomei. Another actress who came really close to being cast was The Breakfast Club star Ally Sheedy.
Connelly charmed Henson the most, though, resulting in the film that would help make her name in Hollywood.