As Game Of Thrones lurches towards its conclusion, various actors have revealed how they tried and failed to get parts in the hit series, and the latest of these is Elizabeth Olsen, who says she missed out on the part of Daenerys back in the day.
In an interview with Vulture, the young actress revealed that when she started out in her career, she took a crack at each and every part that came her way, including Khaleesi, which she says was “the most awkward audition I’d ever had.”
She said that she was asked to read a scene from near the end of the first season – likely the one in which Daenerys declares herself queen and steps into Drogo‘s funeral pyre. The main problem came down to the accents. Olsen explained:
“[She’s] making this speech to thousands of people about how she’s their queen. They didn’t know if they wanted a British accent or not. So, you did it in both. It was terrible. Anytime someone says, ‘Bad audition story.’ That’s one I remember.”
Elizabeth Olsen had her breakthrough role in the indie film Martha Marcy May Marlene the same year that Thrones aired its first season, and has gone on to play Scarlet Witch in the Avengers films, including the most recent Avengers: Endgame.
She will next be seen in the TV series WandaVision, a spin-off from the Marvel Cinematic Universe that will continue the adventures of Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany‘s Vision.
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