Milly Alcock, who plays Young Rhaenyra Targaryen on the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon, said in an interview with Stellar recently that she was washing dishes at a restaurant before landing the role.

“I never thought this would happen to me. I was washing dishes in a restaurant, living in my mum’s attic. This doesn’t happen to people like me, so it was incredibly quick,” she said.

Alcock added that she was cooking dinner at a friend’s house when her agent called to deliver the news. “I froze, and took a deep breath and said to my friend, ‘Do you have wine?’ Then I called my mum,” she said.