How Sophie Turner Found Out She Was Cast as 'X-Men's' Next Jean Grey

"I just started crying and I messed up the whole audition."
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Apparently, getting a major role in one movie can ruin your chances in future auditions — or, at least, that’s the experience of Sophie Turner, who revealed that finding out she’ll play Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse wrecked another role for her.

"I was on my way to an audition, and I was getting out of the car [and walking] in to the audition, and then my agent started ringing [and] she was like, 'Have you heard the news?' 'No, what news?' Then she was like, 'Check your Twitter,’ ” the actress told Access Hollywood about finding out she had the role. “So I checked it and…I was just getting like, 'Congratulations Jean Grey,’ and I was like [gasp of shock]. I just started crying and I messed up the whole audition because I was just like, 'I can't
speak!' "

Turner said that Famke Janssen’s previous screen Jean was “amazing,” adding, “I’m really trying to emulate her, 'cause she did such a great job, and I just hope I do justice to this incredible character.”

Turner will join James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence in the movie, to be directed by Bryan Singer. X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled for release in May 2016.

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