‘IT’: Sophia Lillis Almost Didn’t Get the Part of Beverly Because She Wasn’t Considered ‘Girly’ Enough

It’s hard to imagine anyone but Sophia Lillis for Beverly Marsh’s role in it IT. She stands out in The Loser’s Club (and not just because she’s the only girl.) Out of all the characters, Beverly is the one with the most trauma. , and it is ultimately the cry that holds the group together.

But even though Lillis is brilliant for the role, the representatives at Warner Bros. almost did not. i. Why? Because she wasn’t seen as “girly” enough.

Sophia Lillis attends Netflix’s
Sophia Lillis attends Photocall “I’m not okay with this | Amy Sussman / Getty Images

Chloe Grace Moretz was first considered for the role of Beverly Marsh

Prior to Lillis’ interviews, Chloe Grace Moretz was heavily considered for the role of red-haired heroine. But according to IMDb, did not get the part because the film spent five years in pre – production. When it was time to throw in a career, Moretz was already nineteen. (Eleven-year-old Losers Club members are in the book.)

Chloe Grace Moretz
Chloe Grace Moretz | Jason Merritt / Getty Images

Fortunately, Moretz would go on to appear in another masterpiece by Stephen King. She took the role of the bullying teenager with telekinetic powers in the Carrie resume (2013.)

Sophia Lillis was drawn to her role in ‘IT’ and ‘IT Chapter 2’

Lillis fell in love with her character, claiming she was one of the heroic members of the club. “I learned about it [Beverly] and how strong she is and how hopeless she is, ”she said Vanity Fair. “He was like someone I wanted to be. How brave she is, and how she went against the cause of this trick that could have killed her at any moment. ”

Jack Dylan Grazer, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Martell, and Wyatt Oleff will attend the Premiere of Warner Bros.  Pictures'
Jack Dylan Grazer, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Martell, and Wyatt Oleff will attend the Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures “It Chapter Two” | Kevin Winter / Getty images

But despite Lillis being drawn to the part, Warner Bros.’s representatives were. lazy to throw it. according to Refinery29, she was told she was not “girly enough” for the job. In real life, Lillis sports pixie cutting, which can be seen in her Netflix series, I’m not okay with this.

But the leader of the IT films, Andy Muschietti, were 100% sure she was perfect for the part. (Beverly intended to be a Tomboy.) So Muschietti was on Lillis’ test again (but this time with an extension.)

Luckily though, Lillis got her hair cut off in the film. “The second sight [in the movie], I cut it all off, ”said Lillis, according to Refinery29. “It worked so well in the film.”

Sophia Lillis enjoyed the rest of the team (including Bill Skarsgard)

Bill Skarsgard attends the Premiere Of Warner Bros.  Pictures'
Bill Skarsgard attends the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “It Chapter Two” | Jon Kopaloff / Getty Images

Fortunately, Lillis had an amazing experience paired with the rest of her castmates. Before filming began, Muschietti would be a Losers Club actor hanging out for a month. They would have sleep parties to perfect the chemistry of the characters.

And because they really got to know each other before they were filmed, they all became lifelong friends. “Just being with them was something I had never seen before, but it was fun. I’m glad I got to know them, ”said Lillis of her harmony. “We are good friends now.”

And ironically enough, she also got along with her mortal enemy in the film- (Or at least, the actor who portrayed him.) When it came to her relationship with Bill Skarsgard (aka Pennywise), it was a little conversation with her between frightening embraces.

She said Deuga Vogue,

“It was so nice, nice. Working with him is so funny because he tried to choke me [in one scene], but in between, he was always talking to me about how my day was, [asking,] ‘How does school life work for you?’ ”

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