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Ana   /   November 11, 2016   /   0 Comments

A bunch of interviews have been released online with Jared Harris and Vanessa Kirby about their performances on ‘The Crown‘ but also some more interesting questions were made. Check some now:

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Jared Harris and Vanessa Kirby aim to humanize royal family in The Crown

On a recent press day in Toronto, English actors Jared Harris and Vanessa Kirby are gamely posing for photos before an interview. Kirby pops bunny ears behind Harris, who goads her on, showing the same playful and easy chemistry the pair share as father and daughter on screen in The Crown. Netflix’s new series, which starts streaming this weekend, explores the impact that the British monarchy has on the lives of those close to the throne, with the first season set in the 1950s, focusing on Princess Elizabeth’s accession and early reign. (Later seasons will trace the life of Elizabeth II straight to the present day.)

In the premiere season, King George VI (Harris) is portrayed as being close to both dutiful Elizabeth (Claire Foy) and her impetuous younger sister Margaret (played with great verve and pathos by Kirby) – but the latter was by many accounts the favourite. “He marvelled at the side of her personality that he didn’t have, which was that gregarious exhibitionist,” says Harris, a prolific character actor perhaps best known as Lane Pryce on Mad Men. “It filled him with terror to have to go up and stand in front of people. He was more comfortable in private, with his wife and children.”

George’s family was a surprisingly warm and close-knit clan, one that referred to themselves as “us four.” This was an explicit choice the King made in contrast to the Victorian upbringing under his own father George V, where, Harris says, “children were seen and not heard. There was never any demonstration of affection or love.”

What is out there is a wealth of unofficial biography, gossip and hearsay. Kirby admits she had to make an effort to put her character’s latter-day reputation as a party girl out of her head to properly capture not the tabloid version of Margaret of more recent memory (the Princess died in 2002) but her early sparkle and “this fragile little girl who hasn’t grown up and is actually lost.” For this, Christopher Warwick’s biography Princess Margaret: A Life of Contrasts was especially useful. “On one side I read lots of scholarly accounts and factual, historical accounts, and also some more sort of sensationalist, raunchy ones and that was in the middle encapsulating both,” Kirby says. “She had the ability to be amazingly fun – the life and soul of a room – or an ice queen, utterly royal and fiercely proud and a nationalist.

“Weirdly, what struck me from watching the whole season,” Kirby continues, “was I didn’t really fully realize how unstable she is.”

Additional intel for the series came not from the untraceable back channels of the Royal Household that feed both the Daily Mail and Majesty, but by chance, when a random seating arrangement at dinner opened up a whole new understanding for Kirby.

“I sat next to a member – I don’t want to name the name, but a sort of cousin of the Royal Family, and his parents had got married in the 1970s; one of them was divorced but they were still allowed to marry,” she says. “And he said Margaret had been very unhappy about the fact that they were allowed to marry. That’s 20 years later and the fact is she’s still got a resentment, not happy that times have changed for the better but bitter that people would be allowed to do what she wasn’t.”

For Kirby, the event that shattered her character’s life is her father’s death. “Not only because her sister was becoming Queen, but I think it was the loss of him, the deep loss, the unresolved grief,” she says. “Her sister has Philip and two children and the weight of the crown now on her, her mother was in mourning and Margaret was kind of left to her own devices.”

Harris nods in agreement, adding, “His absence is felt through the whole series.”

Dubbed a scandalous memoir at the time, Crawford’s 1950 book details how the King often joined the children in the garden to play hide-and-seek. It’s a quaintly affectionate tell-all even by today’s standards, but like the many other intimate moments in The Crown, it reveals the small-scale details that go on to humanize one of the world’s most famously privileged families.

Netflix’s ‘The Crown‘ aspires to cinematic heights to retell royal history

Vanessa Kirby wanted to ensure she got the part right, so she undertook a research marathon that spanned every scholarly text and salacious tabloid page-turner she could dig up on the Queen’s sister.

“I have to say the (tabloid) one was particularly useful,” Kirby admits. “(They) got first-hand accounts from people that were in the rooms with her, from butlers to friends — they all come out of the woodwork eventually.”

Stepping behind the closed doors of Buckingham Palace is the lure of “The Crown,” which debuts Friday on Netflix. The 10-episode first season of the series recounts the early years of Queen Elizabeth II, starting with her wedding day in 1947.

Kirby says her self-assigned reading list helped her understand Princess Margaret’s personality, but she eventually had to reckon with the divide between factual books and TV’s fictional tale.

“You think, ‘Am I trying to be this person or trying to embody the spirit, soul and essence of them?’” she says.

Actor Jared Harris, former star of “Mad Men,” says playing King George VI came with its own challenges. He decided to channel his own version of the man, rather than attempt to replicate history to a tee.

“All that research is intrinsically helpful as long as it fires the imagination,” Harris says.

“My attitude to these things is you’re not doing the real person, you’re doing the writer’s version.”

“The Crown” was created and written by Peter Morgan, who previously won praise for bringing an even-handed humanity to the Royal Family in “The Queen,” the 2006 film that won Helen Mirren an Oscar in the title role.

Here Morgan gets a bigger canvas to explore the Royal Family and how its modern day legacy came to fruition.

“The Crown” is reportedly the most expensive Netflix original series produced to date. Sections of Buckingham Palace were painstakingly rebuilt inside England’s production hub Elstree Studios, while location filming spanned the United Kingdom.

Producers scoured the region for the most cinematic country houses and old estates to substitute for famous places like the Queen’s Sandringham Estate and Balmoral castle, the Royal Family’s Scottish holiday home.

But Harris, who also starred as Prof. James Moriarty in the 2011 film “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” says with only so many historical spaces to film in, he sometimes felt a sense of deja vu while shooting “The Crown” on location.

One day, Harris realized he was standing in the same lavish space he tread years before as Moriarty, Holmes’s famous adversary.

“I looked (around) and went — ‘This is Moriarty’s office!’” he laughed.

Diving into royal history left both actors with differing attitudes towards the public’s obsession with the infamous family.

Harris ponders how the “mystery of the crown” keeps people entranced with every kernel of gossip. Kirby has taken a more vested interest in the fodder.

Before “I was apathetic,” she says. “Now I’m completely obsessed with all their lives.”

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