LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 27: (L-R) Eve Best, Emma D’Arcy, Olivia Cooke, Milly Alcock and Emily Carey attend HBO's HOUSE OF THE DRAGON Premiere Event at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on July 27, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO)
TV - Movies
These House Of The
Dragon Actors
Were Advised Never
to Interact
On Set Or Off
Although "Game of Thrones" is based on the "Fire and Ice" series that is yet to be completed, "House of the Dragon" is given a bit more leeway with its story because it is only drawing from one book. For this reason, the series can play with time, as seen in the six-month time jump that occurs between the first and second episodes, and it led to some of the actors being told to stay apart.
Emily Carey who plays the young Alicent Hightower discussed in a recent interview how the production advised her and Olivia Cooke, who plays the older version of Alicent, to keep their distance from one another. Rhaenyra Targaryen portrayer Milly Alcock was also given the same advice as she handed the “reins” (pun intended) over to Emma D'Arcy.
Carey explained a behind-the-scenes suggestion offered to the four actors: "Me and Olivia didn't talk at all about the character or the job, in the same way Emma and Milly didn't, we were advised not to, because it is like we're literally playing completely different people.”This is probably sound advice for actors playing the same character, as the creators of "House of the Dragon" didn't want them influencing each other's performances.