(This post contains spoilers for House of the Dragon Season 1, Episode 4. Proceed with caution!)
From this non-actor’s point of view, there are There are few aspects of showbiz that seem more uncomfortable than just filming a sex scene – however, one of them is definitely making an incest film. In game of ThronesFamily sexual tension was par for the course, whether between Cersei and Jaime Lannister or Daenerys and Viserys Targaryen.
now dragon house, HBO’s Targaryen-focused prequel to the series, is following in that same footsteps with the romance (spoiler!) between Princess Renera Targaryen (Millie Alcock) and her uncle, Damon Targaryen (Matt Smith). In episode 4 In the series, Rainera and Damon share a kiss in the middle of a brothel as they head out into town in disguise.
The kiss is awkward, it’s wrong, and it’s an inherently Targaryen ploy (how come they all stay so blonde?) but according to Alcock, filming a scene where Rainera is decidedly insecure, still somehow is felt safe. The actor credits two main things for this: his spontaneous beginning relationship with Smith and the support of an intimacy coordinator.
,[Smith and I] They were just kind of friends. So, it was quite comfortable,” Alcock tells New York Post, “We had an intimacy coordinator, and we worked with him through the rehearsal process and blocked it months ago.”
Although he had choreographed the kiss months earlier, Alcock also revealed that he And Smith didn’t practice with an active brothel near him—in fact, he didn’t even keep track of the setup.,
“Our director, Claire Kilner, made sure we didn’t see any of the brothel stuff while we were shooting,” Alcock said. “So, we were walking into the brothel for the first time, and he’s guiding her through the room with all these other bodies. So, it was quite shocking. You’re like, ‘This is weird and silly.’ “
She adds: “There were extras we just met who were like 69-ing for 12 hours. It’s pretty disgusting. We felt too dressed up, because everyone else was naked. ” Overdressed or underdressed, it seems pretty clear from Alcock’s reading: You’re never fully dressed without an intimacy coordinator, blocked, and lots of friendly trust.