Outlander Season 3 star Sam Heughan, who rose to fame after starring as Jamie Fraser in the Starz hit series, could have been the king of the Seven Kingdoms in Game of Thrones. However, the actor admitted that he was thankful the makers of the HBO show knocked him back time and time again across seven different audition. Were it not for the rejection, he never would have scored in the life-changing lead role in the time-travel drama.
Though the Scotsman is currently one of the most talked-about actors on television, he could have been introduced to American viewers a lot sooner if he landed one of the seven roles he auditioned for in Game of Thrones. He recalled the days when he struggled to get a spot in the highly-acclaimed TV series.
In an interview, he revealed that he tried out seven times, coming close to landing some big roles several times, including Renly Baratheon – which eventually went to Gethin Anthony. Now that Game of Season 7 is set to hit the small screens this July 16, it is best to look back on the actors who actually tried their luck to be included in the show.
Sam Heughan Admits Game of Thrones Rejected Him Seven Times!
The 37-year-old star said, “I auditioned for Game of Thrones seven times! Loads of times. I auditioned for Renly, Loras, some of the members of the Night’s Watch. And I’d always get so close! I’d be like, ‘Guys, just give me a sword!’ Everyone was going in for those parts.”
Sam Heughan further quipped, “That’s the life of a jobbing actor. I did go in several times to Game of Thrones for different parts but I’m quite pleased actually that it didn’t work out because then I got this.” While he did not land the roles, he went on to say that the experience actually helped him when it came to auditioning for Jamie Fraser.
Outlander Star Says He Felt the ‘Connection’ with Jamie Fraser
The Scottish actor explained, “You know, what’s funny about those things. You’re up for so many things, and coming from those auditions, and testing on other shows, I had more experience, more experience with the process. And maybe I was more confident.” He added, “And I don’t know about this one just felt right. This part felt different. I knew this character. I felt a connection with him.”
The connection really paid off as the time-travel series debuted to solid ratings for Starz. Outlander, which is now one of the most-buzzed television series, has helped the actor after his career spanning 13 years – from his stage appearance and several supporting roles on TV.
Despite the rejections, it did not hinder Sam Heughan from trying and trying until he got the perfect role he never imagined. While Game of Thrones is set to premiere this week, Starz just confirmed that Outlander Season 3 would be out this Sept. 10.
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