Jacinda Ardern Auditioned For 'Lord Of The Rings' But Missed Out

The world is fast coming to love the New Zealand PM, but she had an earlier shot at world fame dashed.

Jacinda Ardern has been making waves on this side of the world for some time, for her progressive policies and for giving birth while in office as a sitting Prime Minister. But after a week where she brought baby girl Neve to the United Nations, and appeared in a hilarious interview on Stephen Colbert's Late Show, her star is rising internationally too.

"You could technically be described as a hobbit yourself. I understand you grew up near Hobbiton," Colbert said, referencing the New Zealand shooting location of Peter Jackson's 'Lord Of The Rings' films.

“I did. I do find it slightly offensive that everyone thinks that every New Zealander starred in either Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit,” she said.

“Some of us auditioned, but weren’t successful, okay? That’s all I’m going to say.”


Ardern told Colbert, a noted huge Tolkien fan, that residents of the town where Hobbiton was set wanted to make the American comedian an honorary citizen.

"I asked what that comes with. It's not keys. You get a  mug," she said, to laughs from the audience.

"I have it in writing. They're going to have the official calligrapher for Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit write up your official invitation. Come to New Zealand and we'll make the ceremony official."

Earlier in the interview, Colbert and Ardern joked about how US President Donald Trump had been laughed at during his UN speech this week. Trump claimed people were laughing "with" him, not at him, and Colbert asked the PM for her take.

President Donald Trump at the United Nations General Assembly. Laughter followed Trump’s boasts that "my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country." (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

"Are you trying to create a diplomatic incident here?" Ardern joked.

"The first laugh was a spontaneous murmur among some people."

"I observed."

She also revealed how her husband, Clarke Gayford, had almost caused an incident of his own during a meeting with Trump.

"It was a slight distraction, my partner knocked over a flagpole, right at the end of it," she said to laughs.

"Then the flag went down... Clarke was scrambling to fix the situation."

As I turned around, he was holding this, what I can only describe as a long metal prong, which I think was the device that splays the flag. I was surprised no-one leapt on him at that point because it looked like a weapon."

Jacinda Ardern, daughter Neve Te Aroha and her partner Clarke Gayford at the United Nations in New York. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

The interview ended with a clip from NZ comedy duo Flight Of The Conchords, who appeared on Colbert's show earlier this week, asking to have dinner with her.

"If they pick me up from the airport, I'm happy to have them over for dinner... that would be handy," she said.

"I've met them before. It's New Zealand so we all know each other."