The House of the Dragon actress talks candidly on her most challenging Alicent scene.

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 In The Princess and the Queen, the sixth episode of Season 1 of House of the Dragon, Olivia Cooke replaced Emily Carey in the character of Alicent Hightower. 

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 Cooke took part in several difficult sequences as Alicent, who had grown up by that point, dealt with her challenging situation at court, including her surprising confrontation with Rhaenyra (Emma D'Arcy) in episode 7.

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Cooke took up the role of Alicent after the show's ten-year time shift.

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In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Cooke discusses the most challenging sequence she had to film in season 1, adding that "The Lord of the Tides" episode 8 was very challenging. 's ten-year time shift.

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The actor mentions her character's tense conversation with the handmaiden Dyana (Maddie Evans) following the girl's rape by Alicent's son Aegon (Tom Glynn-Carney) as a difficult scene to go through, but claims the scene that came after was even harder because of its physical demands. 

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It was challenging for the actor to play the scene without hurting her co-star when Cooke's character, after conversing with Dyana, approaches her son and tries to slap sense into him.

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"In episode eight, the scene with Dyana where she tells me that my son raped her … and then also, I had to hit Tom [Glynn-Carney] really hard in the scene. And Tom, being Tom, was like, 'No, just hit me.' The first go-around, I clipped him on his chin. And he was like, 'No, just really wall at me,' and I just really f**king went for it to the point where it echoed all the way through the hall, and my hand suddenly had a heartbeat," she said.

"Luckily the camera’s on Tom, and I was completely taken out of the scene [because I was] trying to suppress a really awkward laugh. God knows what it did to his face. … We only did it once or maybe twice. But it was like, 'Oh my God, don’t mess with you.'" 

With all of her children, but especially with Aegon, Alicent has a tense and difficult relationship in House of the Dragon.