In case you haven’t seen House of the Dragon, Cooke plays Alicent Hightower on the show, who happens to be the daughter of Hand of the King Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans). Of course, this status keeps her in close contact with all key characters in House of the Dragon to ensure that Alicent himself can play a major role in the carnage to come.
But as Cooke noted in her interview with Vogue, Alicent is essentially a willing pawn in the patriarchal game when the series begins, a fact that puts the character completely at odds with the actor’s own political beliefs. “I’m such a committed feminist,” Cooke explained, adding, “and to play someone who believes in tradition, to say the least, and was molded and nurtured by her father to be a pawn in his political ambitions, was really interesting.”
In what might be perceived as mild spoilers, Cooke went on to say that later in the season her character has some potentially explosive realizations about her own place in the game and indeed the impact she will have on the kingdom’s inner circle. It seems Cooke himself has found justifiable intrigue in portraying a once-submissive woman who is beginning to understand just how much power she can truly wield even in a strictly patriarchal system. How far Alicent will bend her faith to wield that power on House of the Dragon remains to be seen. But fans of George RR Martin’s Dance of the Dragons mythos can undoubtedly attest that their powerplay days have probably just begun.