The Home of the Dragon sequence was introduced in 2019, and also you have been forged the subsequent summer time. Can you are taking me again to whenever you first heard concerning the undertaking and inform me concerning the audition course of?
Properly, I hadn’t auditioned in like a 12 months due to COVID and every little thing. I used to be dwelling at residence in my household attic, and me and my pals on the time, to get by COVID, have been throwing reside music gigs and reside art-gallery occasions. We might ticket them and would get all of our pals who’re painters and artists [to participate]. We might curate and show the work and get the house prepared, after which we’d get our pals who’re musicians to play, and we’d promote booze and every little thing in several warehouses. I used to work on the warehouse at this restaurant, and I used to be washing dishes there. I used to be a dish bitch on the time. In order that was my life. It was very totally different.
After which I obtained despatched an audition for an unknown HBO undertaking. I went to shoot it with a buddy of mine, and he was like, “This scene is from Recreation of Thrones,” and I used to be like, “I haven’t seen Recreation of Thrones.” Properly, I hadn’t at the moment. I’ve now. He was like, “That is from Recreation of Thrones. That is the scene with Arya Stark. That is the needle scene.” So I watched it and was like, “Okay, cool” and despatched the tape by and really shortly obtained a callback. I bear in mind my agent, who was recording me for my callback. After we shot it, he regarded me lifeless within the eye and stated, “I really feel like I’m simply watching historical past being made.” And I used to be like, “Don’t say that!” It was simply very surreal and loopy and thrilling.
Let’s discuss Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. When you have been capable of dive into the precise script and that character a bit extra, what actually appealed to you about her?
I actually favored her resilience and her sense of self. She’s very assured in who she is and what she stands for. And I actually adore her morals.
What was your response to seeing the series poster with you as Rhaenyra standing in entrance of the dragon for the primary time?
I bear in mind pondering, “Oh my god, I look so drained” as a result of it was an precise nonetheless from on set. We didn’t do a separate shoot for it. And I bear in mind Miguel confirmed it to me privately, and I simply checked out him and was like, “What? The place is everybody else?” And he was like, “It’s you.” And I used to be like, “Why? Why is it simply me?” And he was like, “Since you are Rhaenyra!” However I haven’t seen any real-life [billboards]. Folks have been sending me billboards and stuff, however I haven’t seen any, and I actually wish to.