Veronique • September 28th, 2022
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Veronique • September 28th, 2022
Burberry Spring Summer 2023 Runway Show

Milly attended the Burberry Spring Summer 2023 Runway Show two days ago. Click on the gallery link below to see all new photos.

Veronique • September 22nd, 2022
V&A’s Hallyu! The Korean Wave – Private View

Milly attended the V&A’s Hallyu! The Korean Wave – Private View yesterday. Click on the gallery link below to see all new photos.

Veronique • September 20th, 2022
House of the Dragon S01E05 screencaps

I made screencaps of Milly in this week’s episode of “House of the Dragon”. Click on the gallery link below to all caps.

Veronique • September 19th, 2022
Nylon Magazine

Milly Alcock On Stepping Into ‘House Of The Dragon’

The House Of The Dragon star on playing young Rhaenyra, dealing with an intense fandom and why she admires Paul Mescal’s career.

It’s one thing to take on a big role early on in one’s career. It’s another to step into the universe of one of the most massive fandoms on the planet, with some of the most opinionated viewers around. But that’s exactly what 22-year-old Australian actress Milly Alcock has done with House Of The Dragon — HBO’s Game of Thrones sequel, that’s technically a prequel to the most-watched series in the streamer’s history, based on the A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R.R. Martin.

Alcock is the star of season one’s first half, playing the young Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen, whose descendent, the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen, was famously played by Emilia Clarke on GOT. Donning the same ice-blonde hair as her on-screen kin, Alcock portrays Rhaenyra as a poised young queen whose teen years are spent fending off unwanted marriage proposals, navigating relationships with the power-hungry men around her and, in true GOT fashion, having inappropriate relations with her uncle.

As the series has aired, Alcock has experienced the full adoration and fury of the internet — something she says, frankly, “fuckin’ sucks.” The actress caught up with NYLON for a candid chat about her time on set, the irony of the fandom, and why she hopes her next role is nothing like House of the Dragon.

You were quite young when Game of Thrones first aired — how did you prep for this role?

I watched the original show when we were doing pre-production, because I was about eight or nine or something when it first showed up, so it wasn’t really appropriate. So I would cycle to the library every day and just study it, as if I would for a test or exam, to try and get a grasp of what was at stake, because Westeros isn’t Earth. So I spent a lot of time trying to contextualize what everything meant and how I could translate that to us, where we live. And I’m not going to lie; I didn’t read the whole book. I mean, it’s a very big book. But I did read the Heir For A Day section, which is most pivotal to me when I play Rhaenyra.

What was it like to go on a set that had such a large budget and included so many special effects?

It was incredibly new and exciting and daunting, because I’ve only ever done Australian TV, so the budgets are immensely different; they’re not in the same league. It was just quite a shock, [to see] that was a way that you could make film and television. I didn’t fully understand how big of a scale something like that could be until I stepped on set, and I was mortified. You quickly adapt and it all becomes quite normal. But the first two, three months I just thought I was going to get fired constantly. It was incredibly intimidating.

Was there anyone who kind of took you under their wing on set?

It was a very supportive set, especially the cast members. The older cast members who were established, like Rhys [Ifans] and Matt [Smith] and Paddy [Considine] and Fab[ien Frankel], and Eve Best, they kind of all saw that we were young and that this was a completely new environment. They quickly made sure that we felt comfortable and kind of educated us on when to speak up and how to treat crew. They were phenomenal role models in just the way to behave on set and learning when to speak up and also when to sit back and go, “Oh no, I can’t get angry that this is taking so long to turn over because X-Y-Z- things need to happen.” Just not making it all about you essentially, because you realize that we’re all there to make one beautiful piece of art, so why would we kind of torture ourselves with egos and all that.

What’s it been like, especially now that the show is airing, to be a lead on a series that is not only so popular but has such an engaged fan base with so much online discourse?

It’s like a part-time job, really. I don’t know. I’m trying to not look at it and trying not to engage with it because it doesn’t benefit me. It just makes me incredibly anxious. Me seeing my face constantly is straining. No one should have to do that. It fuckin’ sucks, man. I don’t know how the socialites of the world can do that. It’s kind of driving me off the wall. It’s an incredibly difficult space to navigate. There’s very few people who’ve had an experience like how I’ve had, and finding them is really difficult. I don’t really know anyone whose kind of gone through what I’m going through. All of my friends are very normal and go to uni and just do very basic things, and my family’s not in the arts whatsoever, so it’s strange. It feels like someone’s opened Pandora’s box and you’re kind of just looking through the looking glass. It’s a bit Alice in Wonderland-y. It’s fucking weird.

I can only imagine. There’s been a lot of discussion too, since the beginning of Thrones and now House of the Dragon, about the way women are treated and depicted. It’s interesting that this season has actually this female friendship at the center of it — the one between Rhaenyra and Alicent Hightower. How have you approached playing a character who is also a very young woman whose sort of thrust into the spotlight?

I think it was all kind of written on the page, and Emily [Carey] and I understood very quickly what this relationship meant, and that we really needed to display their unconditional love for each other when we see them. Especially in the first couple of episodes — so that when the demise of that friendship inevitably happens, the audience cares. Because I think the irony that I’ve kind of found over the show coming out, is that House of the Dragon highlights yes, the patriarchy, yes, misogyny, but also the internalized misogyny that these two women are forced to face. They’re forced to be put at odds with one another by the choices by men.

But what I found quite hilarious is that the fan base is also putting the actors, the young Alicent and the young Rhaenyra at odds with each other, and choosing who’s better, also by decision of mostly men. So I think that it’s really just fucking ironic.

It’s playing out in real time.

Exactly.

What’s next for you after this?

I hope I get employed again. I do. I’ve got nothing going on at the moment. I’m in the first phase of panic. It’s like the pre-phase of panic. Of “I’m never going to work, it’s never going to happen again,” as all freelancers know that feeling. I don’t even know what I’m doing tomorrow. I really don’t. So hopefully something fun and exciting comes along, but I just really want to do something completely different to House of the Dragon. Ultimately, I don’t want to go into another big franchise or a big series. I want to do something very intimate and personal and kind of like… Who’s the guy in Normal People?

Paul Mescal?

Yes. I want to do a move that he made. I want a long career. I want to be clever about it.

Source: Nylon.com

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Veronique • September 19th, 2022
LFW September 2022 – 16Arlington

Milly attended the London Fashion Week September 2022 yesterday. Click on the gallery link below to see all new photos.

Veronique • September 17th, 2022
ODDA Magazine cover

Milly is on the cover of the current issue of ODDA Magazine. Click on the photo below to see it full size:

Veronique • September 12th, 2022
House of the Dragon S01E04 screencaps

I made screencaps of Milly in this week’s episode of “House of the Dragon”. Click on the gallery link below to all caps.

Veronique • September 7th, 2022
House of the Dragon S01E03 screencaps

I made screencaps of Milly in this week’s episode of “House of the Dragon”. Click on the gallery link below to all caps.

Veronique • September 6th, 2022
Behind the Blinds interview

ALL EYES ON YOU

For the past three weeks, Milly Alcock has been winning over the audiences with her nuanced portrayal of young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen in House of the Dragon – the HBO show which last month made headlines for its record-breaking premiere. For the Australian actress – who prior to getting the part has never seen Game of Thrones, the series that HotD is a prequel to – the biggest surprise was just how straightforward the extravagant show’s arc is. “It’s a story of one family, and how that family has a massive fight which affects the whole kingdom,” says Alcock. “And because they’re in charge, everyone else around them suffers and has an opinion on their actions.” Prior to the show’s big launch, we spoke to Milly about the fascinating nature of Rhaenyra, the euphoria of riding a horse, and wanting to play a valley girl.

House of the Dragon is one of the biggest shows of the year! How did you become a part of this project?

It was a really fast auditioning process. I did a self-tape back in Sydney and the sample scene they gave me was actually from Game of Thrones – I hadn’t seen the show at that point, so I hadn’t actually realized [what I might be auditioning for]. Then, two weeks later, I got a callback, followed by a phone call saying that I got the part two weeks after that. It was just so extremely quick that I didn’t feel like I actually landed the role!

What would you say are the main differences in the storytelling tone between House of the Dragonand Game of Thrones?

I would say that our show is the modern revamp of Game of Thrones – the series has definitely addressed the critiques and didn’t make the same mistakes that the original got scrutinized for, which I think is going to make it more appealing to a wider audience. House of the Dragon explores a broader range of perspectives in terms of themes like sexuality, gender, and race, so it allows everybody to be a part of that world.

Having not seen the original show prior to getting the part, what surprised you the most about this universe?

The fact that despite being very extravagant in its presentation, it’s very simplistic in its themes – it’s a story of one family, and how that family has a massive fight which affects the whole kingdom. And because they’re in charge, everyone else around them suffers and has an opinion on their actions.

In the series, you play Rhaenyra Targaryen – what do you find most fascinating about her as a person?

She is a princess, but she fundamentally doesn’t want to adhere to that role and what she’s expected to do. That’s why she acts out in a lot of ways, and because of her position of privilege, she can get away with a lot more stuff. She comes across as quite arrogant – we meet her when she’s in her early teens, so she’s at that point where she expects the world to owe her something and hasn’t grasped the reality that everybody suffers and that she’s not the only person who’s ever experienced these feelings. She holds a lot of anger in her and we see her work through that anger, but quite publicly, because of her position. But I do really adore her outspokenness and emotional intelligence about people close to her. She’s a lot smarter than she’s made out to be.

What was the wildest skill you got to learn for this role?

I learned how to ride a horse! I’m very grateful that I got to learn that skill – there’s something really fun about horse riding and the freedom that it gives you. Also, I think it helped me tap into Rhaenyra a bit more and tap into her using her dragon – I’m assuming that the feeling of euphoria while riding a horse would be a bit similar to the feeling of riding a dragon, just a thousand times less strong because the dragon would be going so fucking fast! [laughs]

What amazed you the most about the level of production on a series like this?

The craft and attention to detail were insane! For example, with the costumes, everything was handmade and hand-embroidered, so it felt like you were wearing art. Also, just the sheer volume of people that it took to make that job. When you’re working with a 400-person crew every day, it can be quite overwhelming – you can’t help but have the feeling that you’re a part of something that’s larger than you and larger than something you’ll ever be. So there was a bit of pressure within that feeling of ‘all eyes are on you’, but I learned to understand that I had so many people around me whose job was to make sure that I came across the best way that I could in my performance. All of the crew was so incredible – they were so kind and so human, which didn’t feel like it should go together with how big and over-the-top the production was.

Having that incredible experience, what sort of challenges and roles are you hoping to explore now?

I really want to do a play. I think it would be such a great challenge in terms of how you rehearse and the text that you are given, as well as vocally and movement-wise. There’s just something that seems so exciting about that moment of performance living in the space of two hours and being shared exclusively with the audience that’s right in front of you. Also, I would love to do some independent films. I want to play a valley girl…

An A24 valley girl?

Yes! I just want to have fun.

Source: behindtheblinds.be

Welcome to Milly Alcock Fan, the latest online resource dedicated to the talented actress Milly Alcock. Milly has been in films like "The School" and the short films "The Familiars" and "Furlough". She has also been in TV Shows like "Pine Gap", "Reckoning", "Upright", "The Gloaming" and the upcoming "House of the Dragon". This site is online to show our support to the actress Milly Alcock, as well as giving her fans a chance to get the latest news and images.
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