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​Happy Death Day Actor Who Went For Game Of Thrones' Daenerys Speaks Of Audition Fail

​Happy Death Day Actor Who Went For Game Of Thrones' Daenerys Speaks Of Audition Fail

Happy Death Day actor Jessica Rothe has revealed she auditioned for the role of Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones - but ended up losing out to Emilia Clarke after messing up her opportunity.

Rothe stars in Amazon Prime sci-fi series Utopia, and has also featured in the likes of 2016 musical La La Land and 2020 romantic comedy Valley Girl.

But there's one role that she didn't manage to land, confessing she had no idea what was going on when she stepped up to audition for Game of Thrones.

The role eventually went to Emilia Clarke. Credit: Warner Bros
The role eventually went to Emilia Clarke. Credit: Warner Bros
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Speaking to Style Caster in a new interview, Rothe was asked if she'd gone for a role that may surprise people.

Explaining how there was one she knew she wouldn't get at the time, Rothe said: "I auditioned to play Daenerys on Game of Thrones."

"I didn't even get a callback. I was so green and so new. They didn't even have me use a British accent.

"They didn't give us a script. I had no idea what was going on.

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"I was like, 'Who's this girl with violet eyes who talks to dragons?'

"And then cut to Game of Thrones is the biggest thing on TV.

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While Rothe missed out on becoming the Mother of Dragons, she managed to forge a successful career - having starred in MTV's 2016 comedy series Mary + Jane and 2017 comedy slasher film Happy Death Day and its 2019 sequel.

In fact, Rothe said she's actually slightly relieved she didn't get the job in the end, as it meant she was able to sit back and enjoy the hugely popular series as a fan.

"I love that show so much," she continued.

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Credit: PA
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"As amazing as it would have been to be on that show, if I had been in it, something would have been taken away from me, from my enjoyment of watching and getting to experience the zeitgeist, pop culture phenomenon of it all."

Rothe also admitted she was 'really sad' when the show's finale came, saying that her rival Emilia Clarke had 'killed that role'.

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Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Celebrity, Game of Thrones

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Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]