'House of the Dragon' Star Breaks Down That Other 'Concerning' Sex Scene in Episode 4

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'House of the Dragon' Star Breaks Down That Other 'Concerning' Sex Scene in Episode 4

Warning: House of the Dragon episode 'King of the Narrow Sea' spoilers follow.

Alicent Hightower star Emily Carey has remembered an initial concern over shooting a sex scene opposite Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen.

In House of the Dragon's fourth episode, the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms and her ailing husband are seen getting intimate under the bedsheets, despite Alicent's indifferent expression throughout.

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Photo credit: HBO

"We have an intimacy co-ordinator who was amazing," she told Newsweek.

"Still being 17 [at the time], 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.

"But, it scared me, because at that point I still hadn't met Paddy, 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."

Photo credit: HBO
Photo credit: HBO

The intimacy co-ordinator's ability to make Carey "not be shunned or not feel awkward" was also highlighted by the former Casualty actress.

"When we got to the rehearsal room, regardless of who was in which scenes, there was an open dialogue about, 'Look, this is how we're approaching the show. This is how it's going to be different from the original. This is what we want to talk about. This is what we want to put out. This is how we want the viewers to view the women in our show,'" Carey added.

"I think that open conversation is so important, it made us all feel incredibly secure and safe in the hands of [showrunners] Ryan [Condal] and Miguel [Sapochnik]."

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