Looks like the new Alicent Hightower isn’t going to be a good two-shoe in House of the Dragon.
Olivia Cooke, 28, who is set to take on the role of pious good girl Queen Alicent Hightower in ‘House of the Dragon’ in the sixth episode this Sunday after a 10-year time jump, had a wild night ahead of her first day on set.
During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Cooke said that after a night out with comedian Alan Carr, she showed up with a killer hangover and even a “broken tooth” to film the hit prequel series Game of Thrones.
“It was amazing and I was very hungover. Really bad. I never do that,” Cooke said. “I don’t remember coming home. I remember bowing my head to tie my hair in a pony [tail] and fell down. The next day I woke up and had a chip in my tooth. A very light chip, but enough that the tongue enlarges it. And you think: ‘What have I done?’ No one knew on set…until now.”
During the show’s first five episodes, the role of Alicent was played by Emily Carey, 19. Alicent is Princess Rhaenyra’s former best friend turned stepmother. She is a philanthropist and an ultimate good girl: she is devout and she is very judgmental of Rhaenyra in the fourth episode when she hears that Rhaenyra had a wild night and may have had sex. In fact, Alicent is so holier than you that she turns on Rhaenyra for it.
So, of course, this behavior by Cooke is something Alicent himself would turn up his nose at.
Alicent was 14-19 in the first few episodes of the series when she was played by Carey. Now that Cooke is taking on the role, the character is in his 30s.
Cooke also said, “I wish Emily Carey was a little more trash at her job so I could come in and say, ‘Don’t worry guys, I’ve got this.’ ”
And she confessed that although she’s now a Game of Thrones fan, she lied about it when she was first cast. Much like Rhaenyra actress Milly Alcock, who will also be replaced after the jump, she said: “I watched it after I got the job and I love it.”