Claire Foy, the main crown-wearer in Netflix’s titular The Crown, has finally given her thoughts on the biggest scandal to come out of the show. Sorry Princess Margaret and your implied-nude birthday portrait, you’ve officially been bumped to the runner-up spot.
Claire Foy, aka The Queen, got paid less than Matt Smith, aka Prince Philip, for seasons 1 and 2 of The Crown. Producers apologized and said going forward, no one else would be paid more than The Queen. Claire spoke about the situation with Entertainment Weekly last week while promoting her new movie Unsane. Claire didn’t really get into how she feels about getting paid less. But she had a bit to say about everyone else’s feelings on the matter.
“I’m surprised because I’m at the center of it, and anything that I’m at the center of like that is very very odd, and feels very very out of ordinary. But I’m not [surprised about the interest in the story] in the sense that it was a female-led drama. I’m not surprised that people saw [the story] and went, ‘Oh, that’s a bit odd.’ But I know that Matt feels the same that I do, that it’s odd to find yourself at the center [of a story] that you didn’t particularly ask for.”
Claire Foy is extremely proper and British, and so I liked to imagine she responded to the news she was paid less by logging into Netflix and leaving The Crown a very impolite and nasty 1 star rating. But no, lest you think she’s fuming at producers of The Crown, Claire says she’s looking very forward to the third season and that she “can’t wait to see” Olivia Colman taking over as Queen Elizabeth II.
It kind of sounds like Claire and Matt would – to lazily paraphrase Taylor Swift – appreciate being excluded from this narrative, one they did not ask to be part of. That’s probably why Claire is so excited for the third season of The Crown. Because neither she nor Matt Smith are in it. A new cast means no awkward press tour featuring the two of them squirming in their seats while hoping no one else asks about their paycheck difference.