The final episodes of the latest season of The Crown have finally arrived, revealing how the hit Netflix drama's portrayal of the late Queen Elizabeth II has come to an end.
Since the debut of the Peter Morgan-created TV series in 2016, it has combined fact with creative freedom, interweaving historical events with imagined dialogue inspired by the actual members of the royal family portrayed in the story.
In season 6, part 2, the introduction of young Kate Middleton shows the teenager having a face-to-face conversation with Princess Diana (Elizabeth Debicki)… which apparently never happened.
Metro.co.uk had the opportunity to speak with new cast members Meg Bellamy (Kate Middleton), Ed McVey (Prince William) and Luther Ford (Prince Harry), during which they discussed filming exchanges that were not based on real interactions.
During our conversation, we brought up the aforementioned scene, which takes place in the opening moments of episode seven, with young Kate (Ella Bright), young William (Rufus Kampa), Princess Diana and Kate's mother, Carole Middleton ( Eve Best). ).
Although the real Kate claims she never had the chance to meet Diana, the scene shows her and the late princess having a brief conversation as she also crosses paths with William for the first time, before their first meeting at the University of St Andrews. .
We asked the trio of actors how they found scenes written specifically for the drama, compared to those based on real-life interactions.
“I kind of see this whole thing as a drama because it's all scripted,” Meg responded.
“Especially because there are no images of Kate and not necessarily historical events that we recreate. For me, it's all written for drama.
'So I think you have to look at it from an acting standpoint and then just work on the character, and the real research into real life comes from just characterization, I think. That was my experience.
Ed explained that there was only one scene during his time on The Crown for which he had to rely on archive footage – when Prince William gave a press conference about taking a sabbatical.
Still, he found himself thinking about fans coming together “side by side” as they compare scenes from the TV drama with real life.
Ed emphasized that while it can be “nice to have that archival footage,” as actors, they want to avoid looking like they are “doing an impression” of an individual.
“But you’re also thinking about the side-by-sides,” he continued.
'You don't want to do something completely different because people are going to do it side by side, so you have to think, okay, I've studied that clip – how can I interpret that body language in that moment but also throughout the series?
“I think it was harder to do the archive because it's probably the closest you'll get to the real person, in a sense. It's much easier to just have a script and you can do whatever you want with it and not think about it too much.
One can imagine that it would have been daunting for any actor to be cast in the final season of an epic, globally watched TV series of such magnitude as The Crown.
Ed revealed that his audition process took about six months following an open casting call, while Meg saw the application on Twitter and had several months before filming began.
Luther's audition process, on the other hand, lasted just three weeks, with production starting in about a month, in what he described as a “crazy” experience.
When asked if there was pressure to portray people who might end up watching the show, the Prince Harry actor acknowledged that there was.
'There is pressure, there is pressure. Of course it exists, but it's not useful. Not useful. So if you can rule it out, that's the best thing to do.
Meg added: “The only way I used it was as motivation to research them authentically, but I think we would always do that,” while Ed explained that he was finding a level of “detachment” from Prince William considering he hasn't seen the royals. to grow.
'It's a good thing I didn't grow up with them… I didn't see these people grow up. So there's a level of detachment that was very, very helpful. You can just evaluate what Peter wrote and create this character for yourself, and not think about it too much.
The Crown is available to watch on Netflix.
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