‘Avengers: Endgame’ Star Elizabeth Olsen Reveals She Auditioned for ‘Game of Thrones’ and It Didn’t Go Well

Every actor has that ‘bad audition story’ but it turns out that Avengers: Endgame star Elizabeth Olsen has a doozy. Despite the “awkward” moment, it didn’t impact her career, but if it had gone well, Olsen could have landed a significant role on Game of Thrones.

Elizabeth Olsen World Premiere Of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures "Avengers: Endgame" - Arrivals
Elizabeth Olsen World Premiere Of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures “Avengers: Endgame” – Arrivals | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Elizabeth Olsen shares her embarrassing Game of Thrones audition story

While Olsen certainly didn’t ever have to share how bad her audition for Game of Thrones went, she openly explained her experience to Vulture recently.

With the Game of Thrones series finale wrapping things up, it was a timely tie-in, as Olsen, who plays Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Endgame, told Vulture that she had a “terrible” experience with the audition for Daenerys Targaryen. Emilia Clarke, of course, famously plays the role.

Olsen shared: “When I first started working, I just auditioned for everything, because I like auditioning. And I auditioned for Khaleesi. I forgot that.”

She added: “It was the most awkward audition I’d ever had.”

Olsen explained how she auditioned with a monologue from the end of the first season, noting: “[From] after she just burned. And 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.”

Olsen took the situation in stride and moved on from the experience in a huge way — of course, eventually taking on the role of Scarlet Witch, who she will play again in a new Disney+ series WandaVision.

Despite the audition fail, Olsen noted that she’s still a Game of Thrones fan, telling Vulture: “I’m just so deep in Game of Thrones that all I can think about is Kit Harington,” adding, “I mean, he’s just brainwashed me.”

A touching GOT goodbye

The series finale of Game of Thrones aired on May 19 after eight seasons. Clarke took the opportunity to thank the fans, posting the following message on Instagram:

“Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me. The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life. This woman has taken up the whole of my heart. I’ve sweated in the blaze of dragon fire, shed many tears at those who left our family early, and wrung my brain dry trying to do Khaleesi and the masterful words, actions (and names) I was given, justice.”

She continued:

“Game of Thrones has shaped me as a woman, as an actor and as a human being. I just wish my darling dad was here now to see how far we’ve flown. But to you, dear kind magical fans, I owe you so much thanks, for your steady gaze at what we’ve made and what I’ve done with a character that was already in the hearts of many before I slipped on the platinum wig of dreams. Without you there is no us. And now our watch has ended.
@gameofthrones @hbo #love #motherofdragonsoverandout.”