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Milly Alcock admits the attention she has received 'f***ing sucks'

Rhiannon Ingle

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Milly Alcock admits the attention she has received 'f***ing sucks'

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Milly Alcock has revealed her reaction to all the attention she has received after starring in the new House of the Dragon series.

The 22-year-old has admitted to the downside of rising to such quick fame overnight following her role in the fantasy epic.

Milly Alcock as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen in House of the Dragon. Credit: PictureLux / The Hollywood Archive / Alamy Stock Photo
Milly Alcock as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen in House of the Dragon. Credit: PictureLux / The Hollywood Archive / Alamy Stock Photo

Speaking to Nylon, the Australian actor revealed that the House of the Dragon fanbase she had acquired alongside the internet and social media buzz was a lot to handle.

Alcock stated: "It's like a part-time job, really. I don't know.

"I'm trying to not look at it and trying not to engage with it because it doesn't benefit me."

The actor opened up about how the seemingly relentless online discourse has even affected her mental health.

"It just makes me incredibly anxious," the 22-year-old said, "Me seeing my face constantly is straining. No one should have to do that."

Alcock admits the attention 'f***ing' sucks'. Credit: LANDMARK MEDIA / Alamy Stock Photo
Alcock admits the attention 'f***ing' sucks'. Credit: LANDMARK MEDIA / Alamy Stock Photo

It's no surprise that the attention Alcock is receiving is overwhelming, especially since her Instagram following, a staggering 677k, has exponentially skyrocketed following the show's premiere in August.

Revealing how she doesn't understand how other actors in a similar position can deal with the constant attention, Alcock stated: "It f***ing sucks, man.

"I don't know how the socialites of the world can do that. It's kind of driving me off the wall. It's an incredibly difficult space to navigate," she added.

Going into some more detail about the potential loneliness a star can feel, Alcock said: "There's very few people who've had an experience like how I've had, and finding them is really difficult.

"I don't really know anyone whose kind of gone through what I'm going through."

Comparing her current life of stardom and fame to her peers, the young actor compared her situation to Alice in Wonderland.


"All of my friends are very normal and go to uni and just do very basic things, and my family's not in the arts whatsoever, so it's strange.

"It feels like someone's opened Pandora's box and you're kind of just looking through the looking glass.

"It's a bit Alice in Wonderland-y. It's f***ing weird," she concluded.

However, the young actor did admit the highlights of her new-found success, noting that it was 'a very supportive set'.

After an adjustment process, Alcock opened up that: "[...] you realise that we're all there to make one beautiful piece of art, so why would we kind of torture ourselves with egos and all that."

Alongside this, Alcock has been massively praised for her portrayal of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen as one of the best female characters in TV.

Many adoring fans are sad to see Alcock leave the series, with her last appearance on the show set to be episode five, released this Sunday (18 September).

The departure is due to a time-jump in the series, where Alcock is set to be replaced by an older actor.

Topics: House of the Dragon, TV and Film, Celebrity

Rhiannon Ingle
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