Olivia Cooke Has 'Complicated Feelings' About The Age-Gap Relationships In 'House Of The Dragon'

It's the Game of Thrones prequel that cemented her status as a star on the ascent, but House of the Dragon star Olivia Cooke has mixed feelings about the age gaps between the stars on the show.

In the series, 30-year-old Cooke plays Alicent Hightower who is grandmother to characters played by actors who are just a matter of years younger than Cooke herself. Though the character of Alicent is written to have started having children at a young age, the actors who play her sons King Aegon II (Tom Glynn-Carney) and Aemond (Ewan Mitchell) are 29 and 27, respectively.


In a June 2024 interview with The Times, Cooke noted that she was aware of the lack of a realistic age gap between herself and her on-screen children, as well as her relatively young character being a grandmother. 'I have really complicated feelings towards it,' she told the outlet.

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'If they can create dragons, they could have made me look younger – and then older. Or maybe they should have cast actors in their forties? It’s happened now and I’m grateful for the role, but I’ve just turned 30 and I’m playing a grandma. There is a real reticence to see women age on screen. A real reticence,' she added, adding that she finds the role 'hysterical' due to the small age gap with her co-stars.

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She continued: 'It’s strange. I bristle a bit because the years between being a teenager and now a grandma on screen were so short for me.'

House of the Dragon is set nearly 200 years before the events of its predecessor, Game of Thrones. The first two episodes of House of the Dragon's second season premiered on June 16, 2024 with the following seven episodes airing every Sunday until the season two finale on August 4, 2024.

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