Elle Fanning Said She Lost A "Big" Role Because Of Her Social Media Followers

Elle Fanning could have been in a major movie franchise, but she wasn't because...she didn't have enough Instagram followers.

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The Great star appeared on the Happy Sad Confused podcast with Josh Horowitz this week, recalling that the role she was passed over for was in "something big."

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“I’m not going to say what it was, but I didn’t get a part once for something big because — it might not have just been this reason, but this was the feedback that I heard — was because I didn’t have enough Instagram followers at the time,” Elle said.

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While she wouldn't provide the name or details about the project, Elle shared that "it was for a bigger thing, like, a franchise-y thing.”

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"I firmly don't believe in not getting a part [for that reason]," she continued. "But yeah, I would not say no to those [opportunities to star in a franchise]."

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The number of followers that Elle had at the time is unclear, but as of now, she's sitting at 6.2 million.

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You can see her page here and her interview on Happy Sad Confused below.