Millie Bobby Brown considered quitting acting after failed Game of Thrones audition

Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown considered quitting acting after constant rejections, including losing out on playing Lyanna Mormont in Game of Thrones.
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Thanks to her breakout role in Stranger Things, Millie Bobby Brown has quickly become one of Hollywood's biggest superstars, landing roles in everything from Godzilla: King of the Monsters to Enola Holmes.

However, when starting out, Brown found it hard to get things off the ground. She auditioned for lots of roles but didn't get the part. After missing out on the role of Lyanna Mormont in Game of Thrones, her motivation was at an all-time low, so much that she considered quitting acting completely. "I think I was just very disheartened by the rejection, which is something I tell everyone, it's like, this industry is just full of rejection 24/7," Brown said during an appearance on The Tonight Show.

"I then auditioned forGame of Thrones, and I got a no for that, then that's kind of when I was like, 'Oh, this is really difficult.' I guess I really wanted that role."

The role of Lyanna Mormont would ultimately go to fellow British actress Bella Ramsey, who very quickly turned heads with her standout performance as the young, outspoken Lady of Bear Island. Similar to Millie Bobby Brown, Ramsey has landed several big roles since, most notably as Ellie in HBO's live-action adaptation of Naughty Dog's video game The Last of Us.

After getting passed over for Game of Thrones, Millie Bobby Brown decided to audition for a show at Netflix called Montauk. Ever heard of that? Well, Montauk was the original concept for a show from Matt and Ross Duffer that would later develop into Stranger Things. It all worked out in the end.

Now, years after her failed Game of Thrones audition, Millie Bobby Brown finally gets her debut foray into epic fantasy. Releasing later this year, she will play protagonist Princess Elodie in Damsel. She might have missed out on Thrones, but she still gets to battle a giant CGI dragon. Damsel releases March 8 on Netflix.

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