X-23 may have just been a little girl, but she was almost certainly the biggest badass in 2017’s Logan. Dafne Keen, the 11-year-old actress behind Laura, was the stand-out star of Hugh Jackman’s last run as the Wolverine. And it turns out Keen was kicking Jackman’s ass from day one.
20th Century Fox released a video of Keen’s audition tape, where she performed alongside Jackman while gunning for the part. Keen’s eventual co-stars and a producer lauded her ability and versatility.
“[Keen] went into her own version of the scene in a mixture of Spanish and English, and it was one of the most extraordinary bits of audition tape I’ve ever seen in my life,” Charles Xavier actor Patrick Stewart says in the video.
“There were qualities you can’t ask of somebody to deliver: a level of strength, a sort of stage presence and maturity that still doesn’t really make sense to me,” producer Hutch Parker says. “It felt like she could do this most difficult thing of, on the one hand, being this emotional kind of co-star with Hugh and with Patrick, and on top of that also manage the physicality, which is pretty demanding. She was really a remarkable discovery.”
“I went home and I had bruises all over my arm,” Jackman says, laughing. “No offense to any of those guys I’ve fought, but I’ve never gone home with bruises until that day,” he adds.
If anything, this proves that Keen really is X-23.