Millie Bobby Brown reveals she auditioned for Game Of Thrones

Millie Bobby Brown says losing out on Game Of Thrones role she ‘really wanted’ made her ‘very disheartened’ with acting… before her big break on Stranger Things

She became a household name after wowing audiences with her portrayal of Eleven on the hit Netflix series Stranger Things.

But Millie Bobby Brown recently revealed that the rejection she felt after losing out on a role she ‘really wanted’ on Game Of Thrones – prior to her big break – nearly put an end to her acting career. 

‘I was very disheartened by the rejection, which is something that I tell everyone. This industry is full of rejection 24/7,’ explained the 16-year-old to The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon.  


Big blow: Millie Bobby Brown recently revealed that the rejection she felt after losing out on a role she ‘really wanted’ on Game Of Thrones – prior to her big break – nearly put an end to her acting career

Disheartened: ‘I was very disheartened by the rejection, which is something that I tell everyone. This industry is full of rejection 24/7,’ explained the 16-year-old to The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon

She continued: ‘I feel like you do get a lot of noes before you get a yes. I was auditioning for commercials, for anything really.’

Though she could seemingly handle the rejection from smaller gigs, it was the ‘no’ Millie received from the casting director and producers of Game Of Thrones that really made her rethink her acting pursuits.

‘I then auditioned for Game Of Thrones and I got a “no” for that and that’s when I was like, “This is really difficult.”‘ 

‘I guess I really wanted that role,’ added Millie, though she never explicitly named which character she was so eager to play. 

Game Of Thrones: ‘I guess I really wanted that role,’ added Millie, though she never explicitly named which character she was so eager to play; Pilou Asbæk pictured in Game of Thrones

Fresh off the Game Of Thrones rejection, she landed an audition for an impending Netflix science-fiction series titled Montauk.

‘So one of my last goes [at acting] was this Netflix show called Montauk. I auditioned and two months later they got back to us and said, “Hey we’d love to Skype with you,”‘ she recalled.

Montauk, which later become Stranger Things, ‘was definitely the one that kind of gave [her] that hope of doing [acting] all again.’ 

On to the next: Fresh off the Game Of Thrones rejection, she landed an audition for an impending Netflix science-fiction series titled Montauk

Opportunity! ‘I auditioned and two months later they got back to us and said, “Hey we’d love to Skype with you,”‘ she recalled

Stranger Things premiered on Netflix in the summer of 2016 and was met with instant success, as well as a devout fan following.

The show includes an extraordinarily talented troop of young actors, such as Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Gaten Matarazzo, and Caleb McLaughlin.

Stranger Things wrapped its third season of the streaming platform in July of 2019 and is currently in production on its fourth.

Breakout: Montauk, which later become Stranger Things, ‘was definitely the one that kind of gave [her] that hope of doing [acting] all again’; Millie pictured in Stranger Things in 2019 

Success: Stranger Things wrapped its third season of the streaming platform in July of 2019 and is currently in production on its fourth; Millie pictured in Stranger Things in 2019

With the success of Stranger Things, she has found herself playing a variety of new roles in film and television.

Most recently, Millie stars in the new Netflix original film Enola Holmes where she plays the younger sister of super sleuth Sherlock Holmes. 

Brown could not help but gush to Fallon about her co-star Helena Bonham Carter and how thrilled she was to have the veteran play her mother in the film.

Important role: Most recently, Millie stars in the new Netflix original film Enola Holmes where she plays the younger sister of super sleuth Sherlock Holmes

Producer: Fallon then pressed Millie about producer credit on Enola Holmes, which prompted her to explain her passion for the story and how her at PCMA Productions ‘pushed for this film to be made’

‘Just to say I have worked with her is an absolute honor and she is, you know, I think one of the best female actors in the whole entire world,’ said Millie of Carter.

Fallon then pressed Millie about producer credit on Enola Holmes, which prompted her to explain her passion for the story and how her at PCMA Productions ‘pushed for this film to be made.’  

She said that it ‘only felt right’ for her to be a producer on the project and that the opportunity to step into those shoes was ‘amazing’ for her. 

Felt right: She said that it ‘only felt right’ for her to be a producer on the project and that the opportunity to step into those shoes was ‘amazing’ for her

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