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'House of the Dragon' on HBO: Emily Carey was 'scared' of doing sex scenes because of this one reason

'House of the Dragon' star Emily Carey thanked her intimacy coordinator for making things easier during sex scenes
Emily Carey as Lady Alicent Hightower in 'House of the Dragon' (HBO)
Emily Carey as Lady Alicent Hightower in 'House of the Dragon' (HBO)

‘Game of Thrones’ is one of the greatest TV shows of all time and there are a lot of reasons for that. However, the depiction of sexual relationships between people was something that was criticized throughout the series. Meanwhile, the first four episodes of ‘House of the Dragon’ have made sure that the volume of sex scenes is much less compared to its predecessor. However, one of the show’s stars feels that it was really hard for her to shoot the sex scenes because of how “violent” they were in their predecessor.

Emily Carey, who plays the role of Lady Alicent Hightower in the series, has revealed that she was really “scared” of filming sex scenes in ‘House of the Dragon’ because of how rough they were in the mother series. She noted that she was 17 when she got really nervous when she read her sex scene with Paddy Considine (King Viserys). But the actor thanked the “intimacy coordinator” who helped in calming her down and making things easier for her.


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Emily Carey attends the
Emily Carey attends the "House Of The Dragon" Sky Group Premiere in Leicester Square on August 15, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

While speaking in an interview with Newsweek, Carey said, “We have an intimacy coordinator who was amazing. Again, still being 17, the first scene that I read from the show was my sex scene and my intimacy scenes, that includes the scene where I'm bathing the king—anything that felt intimate was considered an intimacy scene, which I thought was great.”

The actor also noted that she got “scared” after reading those scenes because she hadn’t met Paddy till that point and didn’t know about his amazing he was. She added, “I didn't know how much of a joy he was and how easy he was going to make [the scene], and all I saw was, you know, a 47-year-old man and me, I was a bit concerned. In the rehearsal room, she was a massive help, and on set she was a massive help. Yeah, it was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be.”

Paddy Considine and Emily Carey in House of the Dragon (IMDb)
Paddy Considine and Emily Carey in House of the Dragon (IMDb)

In Episode 4 of the ‘House of the Dragon’, we saw a sex scene between Alicent and King Viserys in the series and it was the first time Carey was featured in a scene like that. At the time of reading the script for ‘House of the Dragon’, the actress was only 17 and she turned 18 by the time they started filming. There is a 30-year age gap between her and Paddy Considine, who plays King Viserys.

Well, things are getting intense in ‘HOTD’ as House Targaryen is entering one of its most troubled times and everyone is trying to get their hands on the iron throne. Only a couple of episodes are left before the older versions of Rhaenyra and Alicent are introduced in the series. So, Carey has two more weeks to mesmerize us with her impeccable acting.