Milly Alcock doesn’t want more fantasy roles after House of the Dragon

House of the Dragon. Photograph by Ollie Upton / HBO
House of the Dragon. Photograph by Ollie Upton / HBO /

Milly Alcock played the younger version of Rhaenyra Targaryen for the first five episodes of House of the Dragon before Emma D’Arcy took over the role starting in Episode 6. The role exposed Alcock to a huge audience, and she’s still dealing with the weirdness of sudden fame. “It was and still is genuinely life-changing and I am still adjusting and it’s all very strange,” the 22-year-old actor told the Herald Sun. “But there’s also this element of, ‘This is probably all going to be temporary and it will die down.'”

At the moment, Alcock isn’t rushing to snag any new roles, so she is probably right about the fervor going away eventually. “I would rather work not a lot and do work that I am really proud of and passionate about,” she said. “When you sign on to a project you have to get used to talking about it for six months or a year of your life, so you want to make sure you really adore it and I am waiting for that project to come along and surprise me.”

Whatever project surprises her, it won’t be something with dragons and swords and knights and such; after House of the Dragon, it sounds like Alcock is done with that stuff. “I’m not doing any fantasy roles,” she said. “I don’t want to do anything like that. I have done it and I don’t need to do it again. I am just kind of waiting for the right project.”

Emily Carey takes a break from Twitter

Alcock acted alongside Emily Carey, who played a young Alicent Hightower. Carey recently posted about how she’s going to leave Twitter for a bit:

It’s hard to know exactly what Carey’s motives are here, but circling back to what Alcock said about the strangeness of sudden fame, it’s not hard to imagine that Carey was inundated with weird, entitled messages from fans and decided it was best to pull back for a while.

For instance, the ever-watching fans of Reddit think this might have something to do with people accusing Carey of being undeserving of acting awards after HBO submitted her and other members of the House of the Dragon cast for Emmy consideration. That’s ridiculous, but that’s Twitter, as Carey’s mom pointed out:

Game of Thrones alum Sophie Turner to play famous diamond thief in new series

I’m at least heartened to see that young stars like Alcock and Carey know where to set boundaries. When social media was newer on the scene, younger actors sometimes weren’t quite prepared for how toxic it could be. For instance, Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) has admitted that social media makes her “very anxious.”

But Turner came out of Game of Thrones a well-adjusted person and full-stack actor. According to Digital Spy, Turner will play the titular role in Joan, an upcoming ITVX series about the life of notorious diamond thief Joan Hannington. “I’m so excited to be bringing Joan Hannington’s fascinating life story to screen in Joan,” Turner said. “She is one of the most notorious figures in the criminal underworld of London, earning her the nickname ‘The Godmother.'”

It’s great to see the younger Game of Thrones stars like Turner and Maisie Williams thriving. If Alcock and Carey are interested, I’m sure they can follow suit.

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