Geeks across the land know and love Elizabeth Olsen for her portrayal of badass superhero Wanda Maximoff in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But before any of that came to be, she auditioned to play Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones. Obviously, that never happened, and her “awful” audition to play the Mother of Dragons continues to haunt her to this day.
As we all know, the role of Daenerys went to Emilia Clarke, who played her for eight seasons and turned her into a household name. “Yes, I auditioned for Game of Thrones,” the 32-year-old Olsen told The Hollywood Reporter. “I auditioned for, like, the assistant to the casting director in a small room in New York with just a camera on me and them reading the script. I was doing the Khaleesi speech when she comes out of the fire. It was awful. I didn’t get a callback.”
I’d like to see this audition to find out what exactly was so bad about it. I mean, Emilia Clarke once revealed that she did the “Funky Chicken” dance in front of producers during her audition, and that seemed to work:
Perhaps dancing is the key to getting any part.
Elizabeth Olsen didn’t get on Game of Thrones, but Emilia Clarke is coming to her in the MCU
Still, at least Olsen landed on her feet. Rather than getting a beloved part in one of the greatest TV shows of our time, she instead got a starring role in the world’s biggest movie franchise. That includes parts in Avengers: Endgame, which held the record for the highest-grossing movie ever at the box office until it was recently passed by James Cameron’s Avatar. And of course, she played the title character in the first-ever Disney+ MCU show, WandaVision.
As it happens, Emilia Clarke will soon make her in the ever-expanding MCU in the upcoming Disney+ series Secret Invasion. She’s not the only Game of Thrones veteran to join the Marvel universe, either; Richard Madden (Robb Stark) and Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) will both appear in Eternals, and Peter Dinklage played Eitri in Infinity War. All men must join the MCU.
If Elizabeth Olsen is still keen on visiting Westeros, HBO is developing a slate of spinoffs. There’s no doubt her much-improved résumé will assist in getting her cast. In the meantime, she’ll continue to show up as Wanda Maximoff throughout the MCU.