Earlier than Daenerys Targaryen was the well-known “mom of dragons” in “Recreation of Thrones,” her ancestor, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, was set to turn out to be the primary ruling Queen of Westeros.
Milly Alcock, 22, who stars as Rhaenyra within the first 5 episodes of the “GoT” spinoff collection “House of the Dragon,” informed The Submit that she hadn’t seen “GoT” earlier than touchdown the position.
“However after all, I knew about it,” she stated. “I understood that it was very large and highly regarded. [After getting cast], I watched it to arrange. I binged the entire 8 seasons in 2 weeks. It was intense, and I rapidly grew to become a fan and understood why everybody cherished it.”
“Home of the Dragon” (Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO) is ready round 200 years earlier than the occasions of “Recreation of Thrones,” and follows Daenerys and Jon Snow’s ancestors, the silver-haired, dragon driving Targaryen household. As Sunday’s collection premiere launched, King Viserys I (Paddy Considine) sits on the Iron Throne, and has simply named his daughter, Princess Rhaenyra, as his inheritor – even if it’s not the norm for girls to rule, and his advisors concern it will throw the realm into chaos.
Alcock, 22, is an Australian actress (“The Gloaming”) who’s now based mostly in London. She was nonetheless residing at house in her mom’s attic when she bought the decision that she’d landed the high-profile half.
“I used to be in shock and disbelief. It took me till I used to be truly doing pre-production to completely course of it, and permit myself to get enthusiastic about it, and cease getting the sensation that I used to be going to be fired,” she stated. “The throne room was simply so cool. Each time you stepped on set, the novelty didn’t put on off.”
Though she loved Emilia Clarke’s efficiency as Daenerys, she didn’t draw inspiration from it to be able to play Rhaenyra, she stated. “Clearly, there’s similarities of their basic morals as individuals, however finally they transfer all through the world very in another way.”
As a substitute, she drew inspiration from two different sources.
“Cate Blanchett in ‘The Golden Age,’ and Audrey Hepburn in ‘Roman Vacation.’ For those who may mix these 2 girls collectively, I believe that’s Rhaenyra. She’s witty, and cheeky, however she has to carry out continuously, and dwell as much as that regal position. However, you possibly can see beneath the floor, she’s fairly uncomfortable in her pores and skin.”
As the primary episode of “Home of the Dragon” exhibits Rhaenyra has an uncommon relationship together with her Uncle Daemon (Matt Smith, “The Crown”) that has flirty undertones (the Targaryens are fairly pro-incest, in order that half isn’t a lot concern to them).
“Me and Matt got here to a mutual understanding: that [the relationship] is charged, nevertheless it’s beneath the floor,” stated Alcock. “It’s virtually like they’re having two conversations in each scene. It’s like what they’re truly saying, and what they’re saying of their physique language, and of their eyes, and of their tone. It was actually enjoyable to play with, and to work with Matt. He’s such a beneficiant actor, and he’s so type and thoughtful, it elevated my efficiency.
“I believe Rhaenyra is at an age the place she will be able to’t inform the distinction between platonic love, romantic love, and lust, as a result of she hasn’t lived lengthy sufficient and gone by these experiences. So, I believe that she understands that there’s a sense right here [with Daemon], however she’s not fairly positive the place it lands, and find out how to behave with it and navigate it, which is what makes that dynamic so fascinating.”
Since “Recreation of Thrones” was the most important present on the earth throughout its run from 2011 to 2019, Alcock stated the “Home of the Dragon” forged felt a way of stress.
“After all we did. However not whereas we have been taking pictures. It’s solely been on this half that we’ve been reminded of how large it’s. I don’t actually know find out how to strategy it. It’s extraordinarily intimidating. So, I’ve been a bit extra reclusive than I usually could be. Simply gaining the arrogance to work together with that fandom – you need to do them justice. It’s fairly fascinating as an actor for there to already be a fan base, versus a fan base coming to you.
“It’s virtually like they’ve to simply accept us first. It’s going to be fascinating to listen to everybody’s response.”