A MAGA hat would have clashed with her green clothes anyway.
Olivia Cooke will take on the role of Alicent Hightower from Emily Carey in the next sixth episode of “The House of the Dragon”“Sunday.
Cooke will play an earlier version of the character and told Entertainment Weekly in a piece released Wednesday in which the show’s creators, Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal, originally offered her a very specific source of inspiration for her character.
Cooke told the outlet that they ordered her to play Alicent “as a woman for Trump”.
But Cooke said he couldn’t take it.
“I just didn’t want to give them more mental space than they already had,” Cooke said of a certain political family. “So I tried to find a different path within her, but I could see what they were saying with this complete indoctrination and denial of her own autonomy and her rights. You can’t ask me to go that way.”
It’s easy to see why the “House of the Dragon” showrunners thought an old Alicent would fit perfectly into a far-right mindset if they lived in modern America.
Alicent’s portrait of Emily Carey so far paints the image of a young woman being used by older and more powerful men as a pawn for their own political gain. Her father, Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans), ordered her to secretly make herself dear to King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine), newly widowed and vulnerable to her. After Viserys marries Alicent, he ultimately treats his queen like a walking womb.
“How romantic it must be to be imprisoned in a castle and forced to squeeze heirs,” Princess Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) tells Alicent in a very touching moment in Episode 4.
“Alicent was fully bred to breed and to raise powerful men. This is his only function in this life, ”Cooke told EW. “She can tell herself that she will influence, nurture and persuade in a very feminine and feminine way, but that’s all fucking bullshit. Unless you are fighting against men, you will never be heard. You are learning to live inside this straight opposition jacket. How do I move inch by inch every single day to loosen the straps? “
Cooke then hinted at what viewers might expect to see in her portrayal of an older Alicent – and appears to have taken a page from Carey’s handbook to play the controversial character in more nuance..
Cooke told the entertainment magazine it was the key to finding a “humanitarian hook” in Alicent.
“He does some fucking despicable things,” he admits. “But then you have to think, he is trying to protect him son of him. He is trying to defend the patriarchy. He is trying to defend the legitimacy of the crown. All of these things he feels are so much bigger than her. I think that’s why when she can’t control it, she turns to faith more as a kind of tangible element of control, because she doesn’t have any in her life than her. “
Read the full article on Entertainment Weekly.