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Kerry Condon: I went for Girl with Dragon Tattoo role but lost out


Rooney Mara

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Rooney Mara

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Actress Kerry Condon has spoken of a weird audition she did for a film part that involved speaking with a Swedish accent.

The Irish star, who most recently featured in TV series Better Call Saul, told how she went for the lead role in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

The part was eventually taken by Rooney Mara and the film also starred Daniel Craig.

Condon said her audition was submitted on tape.

"That was kind of a weird one, actually," she said.

"I had to recite a poem in a Swedish accent, or you could do a piece of a play or something like a monologue, and then you also had to tell a personal story from your past. It was a very strange audition. It wasn't the normal, like 'Read these lines, these are going to be in this'."

The 32-year-old has become a major star thanks to a series of high-profile roles in hits including Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, in which she played Stacey Ehrmantraut.

She played Octavia in the HBO series Rome, and Clara in hit series The Walking Dead.

The Tipperary actress also provided the Irish-accented voice of a computer programme in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Speaking about Better Call Saul, she said she believes the second series will start shooting this month. "So it will be a while before it comes out," she said.

However, Condon said she does not know what happens next.

"I don't even know if I'm going to be back in it," she said.

Condon said she always wanted to be an actress while growing up in Thurles.

"I can't remember not wanting to be an actress. I can't remember a moment when I sort of thought there is something else," she told 2fm's Dave Fanning. "I wasn't annoying, though. I wasn't that annoying kid. I was doing it by myself."

She now lives in Los Angeles and loves the lifestyle there.

"I like the sun and I like the outdoors," she said.

Condon said it is easier to do an American accent when you are surrounded by Americans.

"I do like being in the place where the character is supposed to be from," she said.