Joe Alwyn has broken out in a big way at the movies in the last few years, but he almost got his start years earlier in a beloved holiday classic.
Appearing on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” Wednesday, the 27-year-old star of “The Favourite” and “Mary Queen of Scots” revealed that he actually auditioned for a role in “Love Actually”.
A casting director saw him as a child fencing at his local community centre and asked him to try-out for the role of Sam, Liam Neeson’s son.
“It meant that I got time off of school to go to this audition, so I went to it,” Alwyn said. “And they had me back for another one and another one. And there was a whole series of workshops. I didn’t get in, obviously, but I do remember meeting Hugh Grant and [writer-director] Richard Curtis and sitting down and reading some scenes.”
The part of Sam ended up going to a young Thomas Brodie-Sangster.
That early setback hasn’t been much of a problem for Alwyn though, who has starred in an impressive four films in 2018 alone, with several garnering awards buzz.