Millie Alcock was at a friend’s house when she received a phone call from her agent that would change her life.
The 22-year-old Australian actress had an audition Dragon House Several times via Zoom, reading the lines of a mysterious character called “YR”. You have never seen Game of thrones (She was only 10 when the original show first came out) But she knew this was probably the biggest opportunity she’d ever had. When the call came that got the pivotal role of young princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, she needed all her acting skills not to break the news right away.
You remember during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter via Zoom. “I asked my friend if he had any wine and I couldn’t really tell him why. He thought something terrible had happened. He would say, ‘Someone is sick, and he died, something catastrophic happened.’ I couldn’t tell anyone for a long time.”
But the surprises didn’t stop there for the actress who won the 2018 Casting Guild of Australia’s Rising Star Award for TV drama. upright But she said she was washing dishes and living in her mother’s attic when she went down Dragon. Alcock discovered that the younger version of Rhaenyra wasn’t just a character who appeared in some flashbacks, but was the focal point of the collective drama for the first part of the season until Emma Darcy takes over the role for the rest of the film. turns out. “I was surprised,” she says, and indeed, she still seems unsure what she would say about her prominence on the show. “I was just truly I was shocked.”
Actress quickly indulge thrones then arrived at Dragon Set in London to discover the environment in which you will be filmed – like the 35,000 square foot multi-level, interconnected, multi-level set of Red Keep.
“It felt like I had actually been flown out of Australia and someone had just dropped me off in the middle of the ocean with nothing,” she says. “I’ve created Australian television where our entire program budget is less than one episode [of Dragon]. I’ve never been on a hundred million dollar set like that before. So there was a lot of responsibility for having to carry Rhaenyra, and it was interesting that Rhaenyra and I had similar paths in our story – the way we traversed in an unexpected world we really expected to be in, and learned how to face those challenges.”
One of the challenges that differs from regular TV is that both thrones And the Dragon Use “source” lighting – each scene attempts to simulate lighting that has a visible source in the viewing world – such as sunlight, moonlight, or torchlight. (This is why some interior scenes may look a bit dark.)
“Because there is no electricity in this world, everything is lit by fire,” Alcock says. “So all the lighting you see on the show is going to have people coming in and lighting everything up with fire and the set is going to get incredibly hot. I’m going to really sweat and stand like that (arms extended) With two girls with hair dryers. So it was all very glamorous.”
Alcock had a chance to bond in advance on FaceTime with co-star Emily Curry, who plays Alicent HIghtower, and walked a long walk with actor Fabian Frankl, who plays jockey Sir Kriston Cole. But one artist who was discouraged from meeting was else Rhinera.
Alcock recalls, “Emma and I were like, ‘Let’s meet up.'” We wanted to have a meeting with [director Miguel Sapochnik] and have a discussion about Rhaenyra’s progression as a character. And Miguel didn’t want us to meet – which is really interesting! So we didn’t have that discussion. Miguel was like, “Just trust you both have that.” I think he was aware that we were going to try to imitate each other.”
Saposhnik, who is also a showrunner along with Ryan Condall, also advised Alcock to base Rainera’s Scone as a royal. “She’s quite stoic in the way she likes to present herself, and I’m quite a restless person,” she says. “And the [Ryan and Miguel] I kept reminding me that there is strength in stillness. She doesn’t have to prove herself, she has that prestige.”
Another challenge was the conquest of the Dragon Platform, which is slightly different in the new show than the all-green room that the actors on Thrones dread. The new setup uses a sound stage, which is the same technology used The Mandalorian A giant video wall displays backgrounds during stage shooting so the actor can see their environment in real time rather than adding it in post-production.
“Someone might take you through the moves of how you move so you can anticipate how [dragon was going to turn]’, she says. ‘Then they pop out of you and blow air on you. It was really fun. But I didn’t know what to do with my face [expressions]. I didn’t do any work. You’re not actually moving, you’re just going to… somewhere. ”
Alcock has since received critical acclaim for her performance on the show. So while she may not appear in Dragon For a long time, just as she was in the Dragon Platform, she was definitely going somewhere.
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