“She’s witty and sassy, but she has to live up to her real role,” as the actress defines her character in the Game of Thrones spin-off.
Milly Alcock’s name no longer sounds strange to the general public. After all, the 22-year-old Australian was catapulted to stardom thanks to House of the Dragon, a Game of Thrones spin-off based on the book “Fire & Blood” (2018), by George RR Martin. In the plot, the young woman embodies the princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, ancestor of none other than Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). But did you know that Milly was inspired by an actress from The Lord of the Rings to build her character?
Milly’s first appearance on the small screen was in wonderlandin 2014. Later, he participated in other series such as Janet King, Les Norton, The Gloaming and Reckoning: Adjustment of Accounts. Furthermore, she starred in Upright alongside Tim Minchin. A 2nd season of the latter is already being produced and will feature Milly again.
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Despite coming from a family linked to sports, the actress revealed to Vogue that it helped her find her true passion. “I think I got interested in acting because no one else was interested. I grew up in a predominantly rugby home. It doesn’t make any sense,” she admitted.
According to Milly, actresses Cate Blanchett – who played the elf Galadriel in the Lord of the Rings franchise – and Audrey Hepburn served as a reference for her performance in House of the Dragon. “Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth – The Golden Age  and Audrey Hepburn in The Princess and the Commoner . If we could combine these two women, we would have Rhaenyra,” Alcock told New York Post.
This is how she defined her character: “She is witty and sassy, but has to constantly act and live up to her real role. You can see that underneath the surface, she feels quite uncomfortable in her skin.”
When Alcock auditioned for House of the Dragon, she had no idea that she was the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. In an interview with Evening Standard, she said that she received a script for an unknown project from HBO Max and that the names were all blurred. It was a friend of Milly’s who solved the riddle. “He said, ‘This is a scene from Game of Thrones. This is the scene with Arya Stark,’” Milly recalled.
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Turns out she had never seen the original series. “I was completely oblivious. I was about 10 years old when it came out and it wasn’t really age appropriate. Fantasy is not my favorite genre, but I watched it during pre-production [de House of the Dragon] and fell in love. I understand why it was so successful. It’s too good!”, she confessed in an interview with Vulture.
As of this Sunday’s episode (25), Milly will no longer be able to be seen as Rhaenyra, as the production will make a 10-year jump and therefore some changes in the cast. The British actress Emma D’Arcy, known for her work on the TV series Truth Seekers and Wanderlust, takes on the role.