The Crown stars explain to Sky News how they manage their jobs when people already have strong ideas about the characters they play as the new season of the royal drama returns.
Every new season of The Crown becomes one of the year’s most anticipated television spectacles.
And the latest season is no exception, with events now focusing on the 1990s’ more recent history.
The fifth season of the Netflix series features another cast (The Crown stars) shift to reflect the aging royal family as it progresses through the years, albeit being loosely based on historical events and people.
While Jonathan Pryce plays Prince Philip, Imelda Staunton takes on the role of Queen Elizabeth II. Olivia Williams and Dominic West will play Prince Charles and Camilla, respectively, and Lesley Manville will take over as Princess Margaret.
However, the most recent season has not been without controversy, with calls from royalists to make it obvious that the program is fictional and suggestions that it should be postponed in light of the Queen’s passing in September.
After the passing of the Queen, there will probably be more people watching than ever, West said, but he doesn’t think it is a terrible thing. West was speaking to Sky News about the hype around the most recent season.
There are more people than ever before who remember what happened in this season, which is interesting, he added.
“And obviously with the passing of the Queen, there is even more interest, which is wonderful to be a part of because people are interested in what you are doing.”
To embody the Queen in the show and control the excitement, Staunton noted that she had to let go of how people felt about her, particularly after her death.
She said, “We’re still simply doing this work, so that can’t impact us at all.
And while it’s true that our generation has known them their entire lives, that cannot be used in any way to interfere with what you are doing.
Despite playing the part of a lifetime, Pryce is nevertheless conscious of the possibility that people’s opinions of the late Royals have altered.
Pryce said of assuming the new role, “I guess I’ve been prepared all my life to play Prince Philip.”
“I believe that the audience’s impressions of the series, not our perceptions of the character, will alter with the passing of both Philip and the Queen.
It will influence their perspective in a new way, and the audience will feel more of a connection to the characters.
Since The Crown is known for its attention to detail, especially in intimate settings, part of the suspense comes from observing how closely the performers resemble their characters.
The protocol officer advised Pryce and Staunton that they shouldn’t have said “thank you” in the first scene they shot because they both thanked the servant for setting the food down.
And the kiss is first, curtsy is second, Manville continued.
“Margaret openly greeted the Queen in one of my earliest moments, and it’s extremely particular. The kiss comes first, followed by the curtsy.
According to West, the attention to detail in the costumes helped him adopt Prince Charles’ mindset. He continued to tell Sky News: “He is one of the world’s best-dressed men.
“His white tropical naval captain’s uniform is my favorite; it’s quite lovely and no one looks bad in it. Nobody.”
Williams continued: “They are really good at discovering items from the 1990s that have been worn repeatedly.
“I detest it when you see someone wearing brand-new shoes when they would actually be wearing 20-year-old shoes,” the author said.
Netflix will begin streaming The Crown‘s fifth season on November 9.