LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Emily Carey attends the Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2022 at Outernet London on November 08, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Kate Green/Getty Images)
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Emily Carey Can Relate To How House Of The Dragon's Characters Communicate
The proclivity of “House of the Dragon” for long monologues may be an intimidating prospect for some performers. However, Emily Carey, who portrayed the young Alicent Hightower in the series' first five episodes, actually related to the characters' long-windedness and enjoyed performing in that style.
Carey told Interview Magazine, "I for one, as Emily, am a waffler, so I relate to the people in this world. I think in this world if they have something to say, there's usually a lot to say. For me, that kind of dialogue work, big speeches or long paragraphs, is something that I really enjoy. I know a lot of actors would disagree with that, but I enjoy that more than a speedy back-and-forth.”
The character-driven monologues in "House of the Dragon" separate it from much of today’s television. Starting with shows like "ER" and "The West Wing," dialogue on television has been speeding up for years, and some actors like Bradley Whitford of “The West Wing” found it intimidating at first when confronted with its fast pace.
Carey, on the other hand, was fortunate that her short but significant stint on the show was filled with opportunities to play in intimate scenes and monologue with actors she admired greatly. Carey said that she learned a lot from acting alongside performers like Fabien Frankel and Paddy Considine, who played Criston Cole and King Viserys, respectively.