Milly Alcock makes her US debut in House of the Dragon
The Dragon’s House The series was announced in 2019 and you were cast next summer. Can you take me back to when you first heard about the project and tell me about the audition process?
Well, I haven’t auditioned for over a year because of COVID and everything. I was living at home in my family’s attic, and me and my friends at the time, to overcome COVID, held live music performances and live art gallery events. We will sell them tickets and will get all our friends who are painters and artists [to participate]. We’ll curate and display the work and prepare the space, then we’ll invite our musician friends over and we’ll sell the wine and everything in the different warehouses. I used to work in this restaurant’s warehouse, and I was washing dishes there. I was a bitch at the time. So that’s my life. It’s very different.
And then I was sent an audition for an unspecified HBO project. I filmed it with a friend of mine, and he said, “This scene is from Game of Thrones‘ And I said, ‘I haven’t seen it yet Game of Thrones. “Yes, I wasn’t at that time. I have now. He was like, “This is the word Game of Thrones. This is the scene with Arya Stark. This is the needle scene.” So I watched it and said, “Okay, great” and sent the tape over and very quickly got a call back. I remember my agent who recorded me so I could call back. After we shot it, he looked me straight in the eye and said, “I feel like I’m watching history be made.” And I said, “Don’t say that!” It’s both surreal, crazy, and fun.
Let’s talk about Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. Once you were able to dive into the actual scenario and that character a little more, what really attracted you to her?
I really like her resilience and sense of self. She is very reassuring about who she is and what she stands for. And I really adore her morals.
What is your reaction when you see it? series posters with you as Rhaenyra standing before the dragon for the first time?
I remember thinking, “Wow, I look so tired” because it was an actual shot from the set. We didn’t do a separate shoot for it. And I remember Miguel showing it to me privately, and I just looked at him and said, “What? Where are the others? ” And he was like, “That’s you.” And I said, “Why? Why only me? ” And he said, “Because you are Rhaenyra!” But I haven’t seen any real life [billboards]. People have sent me billboards and stuff, but I haven’t seen any, and I really want to.