‘House Of The Dragon’ Star Says She Was Told To Play Her Role Like ‘Woman For Trump’

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A MAGA chapeau would’ve clashed with her greenish gowns anyway.

Olivia Cooke volition instrumentality implicit the relation of Alicent Hightower from Emily Carey successful the upcoming sixth occurrence of “House of the Dragon” Sunday.

Cooke volition beryllium portraying an older mentation of the quality and told Entertainment Weekly successful a portion published Wednesday that the show’s creators, Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal, primitively offered her a precise circumstantial root of inspiration for her character.

Cooke told the outlet that they directed her to play Alicent “like a pistillate for Trump.”

But Cooke said she couldn’t tummy that.

“I conscionable didn’t privation to springiness them immoderate much intelligence existent property than they already had,” Cooke said of a definite governmental family. “So I tried to find a antithetic way into her, but I could spot what they were saying with this implicit indoctrination and denial of her ain autonomy and rights. I conscionable couldn’t beryllium asked to spell down that road.”

Olivia Cooke, left, plays Alicent successful  Episode 6 of "House of the Dragon."
Olivia Cooke, left, plays Alicent successful Episode 6 of "House of the Dragon."

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It’s casual to spot wherefore the “House of the Dragon” showrunners felt an older Alicent would acceptable neatly into a far-right mindset if she were surviving successful modern-day America.

Emily Carey’s portrayal of Alicent frankincense acold paints an representation of a young pistillate who is utilized by older and much almighty men arsenic a pawn for their ain governmental gain. Her father, Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans), ordered her to secretly endear herself to the recently widowed and susceptible King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine). After Viserys marries Alicent, helium yet treats his queen similar a walking womb.

“How romanticist it indispensable beryllium to get imprisoned successful a castle and made to compression retired heirs,” Princess Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) tells Alicent successful a precise poignant infinitesimal successful Episode 4.

Emily Carey plays Alicent successful  Episode 4.
Emily Carey plays Alicent successful Episode 4.

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“Alicent has been wholly bred to breed, and to breed almighty men. That’s her lone relation successful this life,” Cooke told EW. “She tin archer herself that she’s going to sway and nurture and transportation successful a precise womanly, feminine way, but it’s each fucking bullshit. Unless you’re warring the men, you’ll ne'er beryllium heard. It’s learning to unrecorded wrong this straightjacket of oppression. How bash I determination inch by inch each azygous time to loosen the straps?”

Cooke past hinted astatine what viewers could expect to spot successful her portrayal of an older Alicent — and it sounds similar she took a leafage retired of Carey’s handbook of playing the arguable quality with much nuance.

Cooke told the amusement mag that it was cardinal to find a “humanitarian hook” into Alicent.

“She does immoderate fucking despicable stuff,” she admits. “But past you’ve got to think, she’s trying to support her son. She’s trying to uphold the patriarchy. She’s trying to uphold the legitimacy of the crown. All these things that she feels are truthful overmuch bigger than she is. I deliberation that’s wherefore erstwhile she can’t power that, she turns to religion much arsenic immoderate benignant of tangible constituent of control, due to the fact that she doesn’t person immoderate successful her beingness whatsoever.”

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