Get ready for the reign of Milly Alcock

That House of the Dragon series was announced in 2019 and you were cast the following summer. Can you take me back to when you first heard about the project and tell me about the audition process?

Well, I hadn’t auditioned in a year because of COVID and everything. I was living at home in my family loft, and me and my friends at the time, to get through COVID, were throwing live music concerts and live art gallery events. We would ticket them and would get all our friends who are painters and artists [to participate]. We’d curate and show the work and get the space ready, and then we’d get our friends who are musicians to play, and we’d sell booze and everything in different warehouses. I used to work in the warehouse at this restaurant and I washed dishes there. I was a dishwasher bitch at the time. So that was my life. It was very different.

And then I was sent an audition for an unknown HBO project. I went to record it with a friend of mine and he said, “This scene is off Game of Thrones“, and I thought, “I haven’t seen Game of Thrones.” Well, I didn’t at the time. I have now. He said, “This is from Game of Thrones. This is the scene with Arya Stark. This is the needle scene.” So I saw it and thought, “Okay, cool,” and sent the tape through and got a callback very quickly. I remember my agent, who recorded me for my callback. After we shot it, he looked me dead in the eye and said, “I feel like I’m just watching history being made.” And I was like, “Don’t say that!” It was just very surreal and crazy and exciting.

Let’s talk about Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. Once you were able to delve into the script itself and that character a little more, what appealed to you about her?

I really liked her resilience and her sense of self. She is very sure of who she is and what she stands for. And I really love her morals.

What was your reaction to seeing series poster with you as Rhaenyra standing before the dragon for the first time?

I remember thinking, “Oh my god, I look so tired,” because it was an actual still from the set. We didn’t do a separate shoot for it. And I remember Miguel showed it to me in private and I just looked at him and was like, “What? Where’s everyone else?” And he said, “It’s you.” And I thought, “Why? Why is it just me?” And he said, “Because you are Rhaenyra!” But I haven’t seen any real life [billboards]. People have been sending me billboards and stuff but I haven’t seen any and I really want to.

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