House of the Dragon star Emma D’Arcy has said they enjoy playing female characters, and are “really good at it”.
D’Arcy stars in the Game of Thrones spinoff House of the Dragon.
In an exclusive interview with The Independent, the star opened up about how they feel about playing women characters as a non-binary actor.
The series is halfway through its ten-episode run, with D’Arcy making their debut in the latter half.
They play the adult version of Rhaenyra Targaryen, the dragonrider daughter of King Viserys.
Milly Alcock played the younger version of the princess.
When asked if they had any reservations about playing a female character due to concerns of being misgendered, the 30-year-old stated that they “really like playing women and I’m really good at it.”
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“My worst-case scenario is that suddenly people tell me what I can and can’t play,” they added.
“I have all the tools necessary to play women. I lived as one for a long time; people still think I am one. It’s like, ‘Let me do my job; I’m really good at it.’”
The actor also hoped to provide representation for young aspiring actors, as well as fans.
They told The Independent: “It’s complicated! In terms of queerness, the only good reason for being out as a non-binary person, publicly and professionally, is that I hope it will let younger people who may feel similar know that there is room in this industry for them.”
“Because there was definitely a point where I thought, ‘Oh no, this is not going to work. I definitely need to have long hair and make-up to do this job.’ And that’s just not true.”