Of House of the Dragon taking over the internet after Monday’s premiere, we look back at an interview from Princess Rhaenys Velaryon aka Eve Best of the Game of Thrones prequel series. In an interview with The Guardian, the actress talked about the series and how she got the chance to play the role of the princess.

Best revealed that even the audition process was kept top secret: “Everything was very secretive. To audition, we were initially given a scene from the original Game of Thrones with the names changed. We weren’t even given the title of the new show.” She added: “When I finally got a real script, I loved the writing. Ryan [Condal] and Miguel [Sapochnik, co-showrunners] immediately hacked into the floating theme of the series. “

Meanwhile, Best also recited some lines and went on, “There’s a line my character says early on: “Men would rather light the realm to the torch than see a woman ascend to the Iron Throne.” If you spell the word “Iron” loses that sentence, it feels all too relevant. To top it off, they told me my character was a dragon rider. I joined!” The actress also revealed that she was unaware of the global phenomenon before getting the part: “I was a complete Game of Thrones virgin. I knew it was a big deal, but wasn’t prepared for the sheer, mind-boggling scale of it.” She commented, “Walking on set was like walking into New York, but instead of towering skyscrapers, it’s Dragonstone. The crew was close to 4,000 people, which was overwhelming. I’ve caught up ever since.”

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