‘House Of The Dragon’: Why Emily Carey Was ‘Afraid’ Of The Sex Scenes

Emily Carey, who plays young Alicent Hightower on HBO’s House of the Dragon, has opened up about being “terrified” of sex scenes in the Game of Thrones prequel due to the “violence against women” in the prequel.

In Sunday night’s episode, titled “King of the Narrow Sea,” Carey appears in two intimate scenes — one in which Alicent bathes her husband, King Viserys (Paddy Considine), and another in which she has sex with him. In the latter scene, it is clear that Alicent is reluctant to get involved with Viserys and does not enjoy her intimacy.

Carey, who was 17 when she read the scripts and 18 when she started filming, told Newsweek that the scene “scared her because I hadn’t met Paddy at that point, I didn’t know how fun he was and how easy he would make it [the scene], and all I saw was, you know, a 47-year-old man and me. I was a little concerned.”

The actor, who uses she/she pronouns, credits House of the Dragon’s intimacy coordinator for making them comfortable.

“Having that intimacy coordinator outlet, being able to talk through everything and not being shunned, or not being awkward or like, ‘Oh, that’s not your job. I don’t want to make you uncomfortable, but may I ask…’ It was never any of that, it was just this open dialogue,” Carey said. “She was a huge help in the rehearsal room and a huge help on the set. Yes, it was a lot easier than I thought it would be.”

Before beginning production on House of the Dragon, Carey sat down to watch Game of Thrones.

“Of course the first season, even just the first episode of ‘Thrones’,“There is a lot of violence against women,” she said. “There’s a lot of violent sex out there, and it made me nervous. I was like, ‘Oh god, what do I have to do on this show?’”

Carey urged showrunners Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik to have an “open conversation” and make the cast “feel incredibly safe and secure.”

“When we got to the rehearsal room, regardless of who was in which scenes, there was an open dialogue about it, ‘Look, this is how we approach the show. So it will be different from the original. That’s what we want to talk about. We want to exhibit that. That’s how we want viewers to see the women on our show,'” Carey said.

The actor added, “Sure, there were a lot of women behind the scenes. We had a great team, we had female directors of course, I worked with the amazing Clare Kilner who was wild and a lot of women who produced this show and Sara [Hess]one of our writers, among many others in the writers’ room, I’m sure.”

Carey concluded, “It was an amazing thing and there was power to be on that set as a young girl and to be treated the same as all these very established men. It was great, I think they handled it as well as they could have.”

Due to a major time warp in House of the Dragon, Carey and her co-star Milly Alcock, who plays young Rhaenyra Targaryen, will soon be replaced by Olivia Cooke and Emma D’Arcy, respectively. It’s unclear if viewers can expect Carey and Alcock in future episodes of House of the Dragon.

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