Guys, Just Give Me a Sword: 'Outlander's' Sam Heughan Reveals His Multiple 'Game of Thrones' Auditions
I’m in the middle of my second cross-country move in less than a year, so I haven’t yet had time to catch Ron Moore’s Outlander (I hear it’s good). The series is definitely on my list, due in no small part to this dashing fellow…
…who would have made a great Renly or Loras on HBO’s Game of Thrones — no? Well, what do you know; turns out Sam Heughan (aka Outlander’s Jamie Fraser) actually tried out for both those parts, as well as five others:
“”I auditioned for Game of Thrones seven times!” the actor said. “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!’ [Laughs.] Everyone was going in for those parts. But you know, it’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. And I don’t know, something about this one just felt right. This part felt different. I knew this character. I felt a connection with him.”
It looks like Heughan is doing just fine without Game of Thrones, in fact, he’s already got his own group of fans a la the Hiddlestoners and Cumberbitches — a group who call themselves the Heughligans. Kilts for all!