Early into the manufacturing of House of the Dragon, Alicent Hightower’s Olivia Cooke was instructed to interpret the character as “a lady for Trump” by showrunners Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal – however she selected to play her somewhat in a different way. Now, the actor has defined why she pushed again in opposition to that preliminary characterization.
“I simply did not need to give them any extra psychological actual property than they already had,” Cooke lately instructed Entertainment Weekly (opens in new tab), referencing the previous US president and his household. “So I attempted to discover a totally different route into her. I may see what they had been saying with this whole indoctrination and denial of her personal autonomy and rights. I simply could not be requested to go down that street.”
Cooke, who is probably finest identified for her roles in Me, Earl and the Dying Woman and Bates Motel, is ready to make her debut on the Recreation of Thrones spin-off in its upcoming sixth episode. Till now, Alicent, a younger lady who makes her personal play for energy by marrying the ailing King Viserys (Paddy Considine), has been portrayed by 19-year-old Emily Carey. However with a ten-year time bounce set to happen between House of the Dragon episode 5 and episode 6, the 28-year-old can be taking up.
Once we meet older Alicent, followers will rapidly see “how she’s been bittered and twisted over time”, Cooke stated elsewhere within the interview. The latter half of the season will even discover “moralistically the place she stands” when she does not have her father Otto (Rhys Ifans) to advise her.
“Alicent has been fully bred to breed, and to breed highly effective males. That is her solely operate on this life,” she continued. “She will inform herself that she’s going to sway and nurture and persuade in a really womanly, female method, but it surely’s all fucking bullshit. Except you are preventing the lads, you will by no means be heard. It is studying to dwell inside this straightjacket of oppression. How do I transfer inch by inch each single day to loosen the straps?”
Home of the Dragon is ready to proceed on Sunday, September 25 on HBO within the US, and the next day on Sky Atlantic and NOW within the UK. To make sure you by no means miss an episode, preserve updated with our House of the Dragon release schedule.