Crown’s Erin Doherty revealed that she ‘fell in love’ with Princess Anne playing her in the Netflix series.
The actress, 28, from Crawley, shared how she admired the Princess Royal’s courage and ‘endurance’, which she says largely stems from not having a typical ‘mother figure’ during her childhood.
The fourth season of The Crown, which hits screens tomorrow, is pivotal in its dramatization of the parenthood of her daughter’s Queen, with the monarch – played by Olivia Colman – bragging about leaving her alone and Charles as young. children for five months Philip’s tour of Australia in 1954.
Speaking to The Times, Erin said, “My choice… was to do [Anne’s steeliness] come from this childhood of not having this maternal figure as you would have liked. You kind of go, “Well, it’s okay. If that person isn’t there, I don’t need them ”.
Crown’s Erin Doherty revealed she ‘fell in love’ with Princess Anne while playing her (pictured) in the Netflix series
She added: “I think Olivia does an amazing job in the portrayal. [the Queen], but I think that’s what fascinates them. This family is completely circulating around this woman who needs to do what she is doing, but it completely detaches her from the beating heart which is a family.
Erin said Princess Anne’s ability to “deflect judgment”, especially from the press growing up, was one of her favorite traits to bring the screen to life.
“This part of her personality was the most fun to adopt,” she explained.
“She had this ability to completely hijack judgment. It had impacted her so soon after being presented to the media.
The fourth season of The Crown, which hits screens tomorrow, is pivotal in its dramatization of the Queen’s parenthood of her daughter (pictured together in August 1983)
“They have commented on her since she was 16. They commented on his body. I find it fascinating and horrible.
“If someone had called me dirty at 16, I would have had depression. “
Erin, who knew very little about the princess before landing the role, said one of the things that got her most excited about playing her was the opportunity to bring her to life in people she knew. age.
“For my generation, it would be like an introduction to someone people deserve to know because they are beautiful,” the actress explained.
“The way she finds herself in the rigidity of the royal family, the way she behaves inside of that, is brilliant. And it was so much fun playing her… I kind of fell in love with her.
Erin said she admired the Princess Royal’s courage and “stamina”, which she said came in large part from not having a typical “mother figure” during her childhood. Photographed as Anne in a scene with Prince Philip (Tobias Menzies), Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter), The Queen (Olivia Colman), The Queen Mother (Marion Bailey) and Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor)
Erin, who knew very little about the princess before landing the role, said one of the things she was most excited about playing her was the opportunity to bring her to life for people in her life. age.
She added that she was “so drained” that writer Peter Morgan decided not to include the Princess Royal’s attempted armed kidnapping in 1974 because it was so well documented.
Anne was returning to Buckingham Palace after a charity event when Ian Ball attempted to kidnap her, planning to hold her ransom for millions of pounds, and shot four men in the process.
The princess heroically refused to get out of the car, even when Ball grabbed her arm.
Erin said she “completely understood” why Morgan had decided not to speak about the drama, but “as an actor I was gutted”.
In a recent interview for Town & Country magazine, Erin said playing the royal gave her the courage to be honest, whereas she previously focused on ‘not wanting to disturb people’.
While gracing the cover of the post, the actress – who won’t play Anne in future series – also admitted that leaving her iconic role behind “it’s kind of like crying someone at the end.”