House of the Dragon bagged its very first Golden Globe Award among the many nominated best films and TV shows of 2022. The Game of Thrones prequel managed to take home the Best Drama Series Award after its first season, beating their rival shows Better Call Saul, The Crown, Ozark, and Severance. Emma D’Arcy, who played Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, also happened to be nominated for Best Actress in a Drama Series, however the non-binary actor called it quite “ironic” to be placed in the category.
The Targaryen Princess actor had already declared they/them pronouns previously along with stating that they identify as non-binary, however, people seem to forget at times on checking their background. In light of this, recently speaking with E! News at the Golden Globes, D’Arcy opens up on how they initially thought pretending to be a woman would grant them more opportunities in the industry. Check out their full quote below:
“It’s kind of a surreal thing,” D’Arcy said, “Because when I was starting out, I really felt that I had to pretend, to present as a woman in order to find success in this industry.”
Eventually, the actor had realized that embracing their non-binary identity was the best way to go, as they had not only felt closer and truer to themself, but also got to advocate that transgender and non-binary actors have a place in film and TV. D’Arcy finds the irony behind their advocacy upon being placed in Best Actress category “beautiful” as it implies that the space for trans and non-binary people continues to expand.
“Anyway, it wasn’t sustainable, and I stopped pretending, and weirdly, it’s at that point that I got nominated for Best Actress at the Golden Globes. Which is beautifully ironic.” D’Arcy said, “I think the most important thing is that it implies that the space for trans people and gender-nonconforming people is getting bigger all the time. So, I feel very privileged.”
Meanwhile, you can catch Emma D’Arcy’s performance as Rhaenyra Targaryen on House of the Dragon Season 1 streaming on HBO.