House Of The Dragon: Emma D’Arcy Auditioned For Rhaenyra Role With A Makeshift Wig

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House of the Dragon’s Emma D’Arcy (they/them) reveals how they got the role of Rhaenyra Targaryen, and it involves making the iconic wig by hand.

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Emma D’Arcy and Matt Smith as Rhaenyra and Daemon Targaryen

D’Arcy shared the rigorous process in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. The role of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen would require them to wear a silver-colored wig, the signature hair color of the House Targaryen.

All I had were some hair extensions left over from a job. No way of attaching them to me, no idea how to do that. For 24 hours, me and my partner just tried — I can’t put more emphasis behind that word. My hair was about as long as it is now. We hot glued these hair extensions to these wig grips. We would send photos to Miguel, and we thought we’d cracked it.”


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They also shared how difficult it was to buy a wig because most stores were forced to close due to COVID-19.

Every time we taped after that, I would sit in front of the telly, and my partner would do my hair extensions for an hour and a half before we taped anything,” D’Arcy added.


Emma D’Arcy On Their Role As The Princess In House Of The Dragon

Aside from wigs, the actor also shared what it is like to play Rhaenyra, one of the important characters in the series.

She is a person who feels at odds with the way that she is read by the world — even this label the Realm’s Delight, which implies a passivity, being an object of people’s ogling.”

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Milly Alcock as young Rhaenyra Targaryen in HBO’s House of the Dragon

House of the Dragon is the prequel series to the Game of Thrones saga. It will take place three centuries back which will see the origins of the House Targaryen and their eventual fall from grace leading to the infamous civil war. The series will premiere on HBO Max this August 21.


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