House of the Dragon’s Emily Carey Denies Queerbaiting Accusations – Is She Gay in Real Life?

By Deepesh
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Emily Carey is a queer actress who portrays Young Alicent Hightower in House of the Dragon.
Emily Carey
Emily Carey (Image Source: Instagram)

Rising star Emily Carey is one of the most loved actresses hailing from Barnet, Greater London, England. She came into this field after appearing in a music video entitled Idina Menzel: Baby It's Cold Outside. And in 2016, Carey made her television debut after starring in Houdini and Doyle.

The 19-years-old actress was interested in acting from an early age, and her skills have gradually helped her gain name and fame. Meanwhile, Carey has become the talk of the town for quite a while now as she is playing the part of Young Alicent Hightower in the 2022 HBO fantasy series House of the Dragon.

In the 1st episode of House of the Dragon, fans are introduced to two 14-year-old girls named Rhaenyra Targaryen (played by Milly Alcock) and Alicent Hightower. They are clearly closely bonded, spending their spare time together studying and riding in horse-drawn carriages.

Emily Carey
Emily Carey as Young Alicent Hightower in House of the Dragon ( Source: Twitter )

Also, we can see them helping each other get dressed for a ceremony. Due to their amazing bond, the young teens have earned praise for their performances, but some viewers are saying accusing the show of "queerbaiting”.

Moreover, Carey has already talked about the accusations, which we've discussed below in detail. Also, if you want to know if Carey is gay in real life or not, keep reading till the end.

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House of the Dragon Actress Emily Carey Addresses' Queerbaiting’ Claims

As we know, Emily Carey plays the role of Young Alicent Hightower in House of the Dragon. In the 1st episode of the newly launched series, people are introduced to Rhaenyra Targaryen and Alicent Hightower.

The two characters were best friends at the start of the series, and their clear love for one another surpassed the screen. Their bond took a downhill turn after Alicent married Rhaenyra's father, King Viserys (played by Paddy Considine), but they put their dissimilarities aside in the 4th episode, as Rhaenyra faced an undesirable marriage of her own. The duo held hands, and suddenly, fans were convinced their love was back on the cards.

Many fans have noted that the close bond between the two young girls seems to border on the romantic, with some accusing the show of queerbaiting by showing an LGBT relationship without fully committing to making the characters gay. So, while talking with Variety, Carey said,

We didn't intend to play it. We weren't 'making them gay' or 'queerbaiting,' or anything like that. It's just if you want to read into it and see it like that, do it. If you want to see them as more than friends, do it. If you don't, then don't." 

Apart from that, her sexuality has also been a matter of concern to many for a long time. So, now, let's move on to the topic of her sexuality.

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Is Emily Carey Gay in Real Life?

Well, Emily Carey is not gay, but she is queer and uses "she/they" pronouns. Carey first hinted at her sexuality when she posted a photo of herself wearing the rainbow flag-themed hat on February 1, 2021. 

After that, she began sharing the related images on her Instagram handle, and many people began speculating that she might be gay. On June 25 of the same year, she posted some pictures of rainbow flag-themed donuts thanking her mother, saying where she also said, "some gay donuts from Doughnut Time UK."

It is now clear that Carey's sexuality is not straight as she is queer. For your information, Carey is also in a relationship with her girlfriend named, Kelli Marie