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Elizabeth Olsen recalls her Game of Thrones audition story: 'It was terrible'

Elizabeth Olsen recalls her Game of Thrones audition story: 'It was terrible'© Rich Fury/WireImage; HBO

Every actor has a bad audition story. Elizabeth Olsen‘s happens to be for one the biggest television roles of the past decade.

Speaking with Vulture, the Avengers: Endgame actress, who broke big in the Marvel franchise with Scarlet Witch, recalled her own “bad audition story” about that time she auditioned to play Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s Game of Thrones.

“When I first started working, I just auditioned for everything, because I like auditioning. And I auditioned for Khaleesi. I forgot that,” she said. “It was the most awkward audition I’d ever had.”

This audition came about 10 years ago, according to Olsen. Tamzin Merchant (Pride & Prejudice) was originally cast in the role of Daenerys for the infamous pilot, but she dropped off the series and was later replaced with Emilia Clarke.

Olsen remembers auditioning with a monologue from the end of season 1, from “after she just burned.”

“She’s making this speech to thousands of people about how she’s their queen,” she said. “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, though a Game of Thrones fan like the rest of us, now has her own franchise. In addition to her role in Sorry For Your Loss, she’s taking her Scarlet Witch role to a Marvel series WandaVision for Disney’s upcoming streaming platform, Disney+.

A look back at the most memorable 'Thrones' cameos:

Gary Lightbody

Appearing as a Bolton soldier in season 3's "Walk of Punishment," the Snow Patrol lead singer showed off his voice with a rendition of "The Bear and the Maiden Fair."

Will Champion

The Coldplay drummer was one of the musicians playing "The Rains of Castamere" during season 3's infamous Red Wedding.

Sigur Rós

In season 4's "The Lion and the Rose," doomed groom Joffrey thanked the Icelandic musicians (who appeared as the wedding band) by throwing coins at them.

Mastodon

Grammy winners Brann Dailor, Brent Hinds, and Bill Kelliher were among the Wildlings resurrected as wights in season 5's "Hardhome."

Of Monsters and Men

The Icelandic band actually popped up in multiple season 6 episodes, playing the band that serenades the crowd during the Braavos-set "The Bloody Hand."

Steve Love

Known for his

Game of Thrones' impressions

, the Canadian comedian popped up as a member of the Brotherhood Without Banners in season 6's "No One."

Ed Sheeran

The most high-profile (and controversial) cameo goes to the “Shape of You” singer, whose casting in the season 7 premiere “Dragonstone” as a singing Lannister soldier was done to surprise star Maisie Williams.

Noah Syndergaard

It’s only right that Thrones scored a guy named Thor. But instead of Chris Hemsworth, it was the New York Mets' star pitcher, who fit right in as a towering Lannister soldier in season 7’s “The Spoils of War.”

Rob McElhenney

In the season 8 premiere, "Winterfell," the

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

star and co-creator got an arrow through his eye as Theon and crew snuck aboard Euron's ship to save Yara. McElhenney’s cameo isn’t a huge shocker considering his relationship with

GoT

creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss goes back years, with the duo even 

writing a 2013 episode of Always Sunny

.

Martin Starr

The cameo deaths kept coming in "Winterfell" with the Silicon Valley star meeting a quick end right after McElhenney.

Chris Stapleton

Another battle, another musician playing a wildling whom the Night King rises from the dead. In season 8's "The Long Night," the country star cameos as a wildling-turned-wight.

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss

The Game of Thrones creators' visages previously appeared among the many mugs in the Faceless Men's "Hall of Faces," but their whole bodies made it onscreen during season 8's "The Last of the Starks."

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