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“The House of the Dragon”: Emily Carey in a “credible” scene that made her cry

Episode 5 of Dragon House features a scene that brought Emily Carey to tears because of the credibility she found, even during rehearsals.

The actor, who uses the pronouns she/they, spoke to Pleasemynews about the scene which features her character Alicent Hightower and her father Otto, played by Rhys Ifans.

Episode 4 saw King Viserys I (Paddy Considine) strip Otto of his position as Hand of the King after informing him that his brother Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) and daughter Princess Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) had been seen together in a brothel.

The fifth episode follows the aftermath of this dismissal, with Otto warning Alicent to beware of Rhaenyra as she may have both Alicent and Viserys’ children killed in order to secure her claim to the Iron Throne.

Reflecting on her work with Ifans, Carey said it was “hilarious” and “brilliant witted” as she said: “The way he approaches the craft is exceptional, the way he plays it is so immersive.

“I remember we were in rehearsal, it was one of my first one-on-one rehearsals with Rhys and it was the scene towards the end of my journey as Alice when I told him at goodbye, and he grabs me and he basically says, ‘Rhaenyra is going to sword your children.’

“It was all this talk that kind of triggered this thing in his brain of ‘I need to know who my allies are, and I need to know what I’m doing so I know what to channel, I need to know who I’m protecting and who I’m not.

“When he holds me he looks at me and they kiss, which is weird because they don’t normally kiss. Usually when they try to say they love each other it turns arguing, what he’s doing at the top of this scene, they’re arguing and then they’re kissing and we’ve had so many discussions about how they got to this but, Clare [Kilner, the episode’s director] was like, ‘let’s not talk about it, let’s do it.’

“So we were in the rehearsal room, we were doing it and it got me so emotional, and Clare came over and she said, ‘I don’t know if Alicent is still crying in the scene, let’s talk about it’ I was like, ‘No, my kids are going to die Clare!’ Carey said.

“I truly believed every word that came out of [Rhys’s] mouth, like when he’s looking at you he makes you feel like the only person in the room and as an actor that makes my job very, very easy because from where I’m standing everything is so credible.”

House of the Dragon airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO and HBO Max.

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