Peak 2022. Congratulating women for playing women convincingly.

Gee, I wonder why "they" would be good at playing women? 🤡

For a show so acclaimed for focusing on women, it's pretty absurd that one of the main characters is playing an outspoken woman doesn't herself identify as one.

if you have used your quota of independent articles this month: https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/features/emma-darcy-house-of-the-dragon-interview-b2173714.html

It's just so much about women. Our perspectives, our bodies, even our gazes and yet D'Arcy is one and is not one.

that this was a story built around two female characters, and one that seeks to interrogate the violence inherent to the patriarchy from a female perspective, which to me felt like a very different entry point than Game of Thrones. Also, you know, I love talking about patriarchy, so I was like, ‘Great, I’ll do it!’” They grin from ear to ear.

But more important than the physicality of it is that in Daemon, Rhaenyra sees a life that she is forbidden. A life her gender precludes her from. It’s a plight that D’Arcy identified with immediately.

“It was exciting to see a young woman on the page who had such a keen awareness of how power structures were operating, and could see that someone, ie Daemon, was able to exist via a completely different set of rules than those afforded to her,” they say. “That desire to seek a kind of masculine freedom and take up space, in the way that she perceives men do, really spoke to me. I felt that as a kid.” They continue: “I had this sort of tangible awareness of what it might look like were I a boy. So, I think I had that same experience.”

With the release of House of the Dragon, in which D’Arcy plays a female character, the potential to be misgendered as an actor and as a person is huge. Was that a concern when accepting the part? “Look...” D’Arcy begins. “I really like playing women and I’m really good at it. My worst-case scenario is that suddenly people tell me what I can and can’t play. 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.’”

“That’s how you empower the performer. Statistically, it’s likely that female-bodied performers are more likely to have experienced sexual assault than their male counterparts, so when you create a process like that, you empower the broadly disempowered party. So it’s good!” Plus, D’Arcy adds, having a woman behind the lens makes a world of difference. “The gaze is different!” they urge.

There is just something so bizarre. She understands people see her as female, and understands women are more often victims, but then she's opted out, as if one can.

When i saw this, someone of twitter was saying she's too old for this, so I'll say despite how grumpy she looks in these pictures, she is only around 30, born in '92.

Statistically, it’s likely that female-bodied performers are more likely to have experienced sexual assault than their male counterparts

I thought there was "no such thing as a female body". Haven't they been saying it's transphobic to say this?

it's pretty wordy. And i don't get why it's "female-bodied performers" vs. just "male counterparts". Shouldn't it be "male-bodied" to be parallel? Regardless, there are so many non-trans identified women, statistically it'd still make sense to say "female performers are more likely..." It's just like she wants to have her cake and eat it too.

If only Rhaenyra would've thought to go by they/them to escape her womanhood, the story could've been a lot shorter and less dramatic. The first Quing in Westeros!

Women should be played by women. If someone claims to not be a woman, then they shouldn't be taking roles away from women.

I can’t even read with the “theys and thems”.

Utterly ridiculous.

They have a uniform. I saw a screencap of her doing an interview and didn't even have to look further to know what her deal is.