Emma Corrin admits she felt 'insane responsibility' portraying Princess Diana in The Crown

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Emma Corrin admitted on Friday that she felt ‘insane responsibility’ portraying Princess Diana in The Crown, as she discussed the audition process and her life before the Netflix drama, during a candid talk with Regé-Jean Page.

The actress, 25, who played the Princess Of Wales in the series – loosely based on The Royal Family – joined the Bridgerton star, 31, over a video call where they reflected on their meteoric rise to fame. 

She said to Regé-Jean during the Actors On Actors virtual chat with Variety: ‘I remember when I got the part, I did feel that insane sense of responsibility, also playing Diana as well, it’s kind of terrifying.’

Open: Emma Corrin admitted on Friday that she felt 'insane responsibility' portraying Princess Diana in The Crown, as she discussed the audition and life before the Netflix drama with Regé-Jean Page

Open: Emma Corrin admitted on Friday that she felt ‘insane responsibility’ portraying Princess Diana in The Crown, as she discussed the audition and life before the Netflix drama with Regé-Jean Page

Emma went on to praise the show for allowing her plenty of ‘prep time’ to develop her character and find an ‘instinctual’ path through acting.

On how she landed the starring role, she continued: ‘It was a mental process, but I’ll try to keep it short. I was sort of working, jobbing, trying to earn money in London and also, manically running around auditioning for anything that I could. 

‘I got asked by Nina Gold and Rob Sterne, who cast The Crown, to come in and help for some of the chemistry reads they were doing between Camillas, who they were auditioning.’

According to Emma, The Crown creator Peter Morgan had drafted some preliminary lines between Camilla and Diana which she began to read. 

Chat: The actress, 25, who played the Princess Of Wales in the series joined the Bridgerton actor, 31, over a video call where they reflected on their meteoric rise to fame

Chat: The actress, 25, who played the Princess Of Wales in the series joined the Bridgerton actor, 31, over a video call where they reflected on their meteoric rise to fame

Getting into character: She said to Regé-Jean: 'I remember when I got the part, I did feel that insane sense of responsibility, also playing Diana as well, it's kind of terrifying' (pictured on show)

Getting into character: She said to Regé-Jean: ‘I remember when I got the part, I did feel that insane sense of responsibility, also playing Diana as well, it’s kind of terrifying’ (pictured on show)

She added: ‘So I was like, “OK,” and it wasn’t an audition, I was being paid to be there and I wasn’t going to be on camera.’

Regé-Jean responded: ‘You got a call from the casting director to come in and be a reader, essentially, boom! Emma’s got Diana energy.’

Emma admitted it feels ‘really weird’ to think of her audition in retrospect and hear other people’s opinions now, because at the time, she treated it as a ‘no-pressure’ audition. 

She revealed she worked on her accent with her speech therapist mother Juliette, ahead of time and made sure to learn her lines, but had ‘fun’ doing so. 

Busy: On how she landed the starring role, she continued: 'I was sort of working, jobbing, trying to earn money in London and also, manically running around auditioning for anything that I could'

Busy: On how she landed the starring role, she continued: ‘I was sort of working, jobbing, trying to earn money in London and also, manically running around auditioning for anything that I could’

Process: She added: 'I got asked by Nina Gold and Rob Sterne, who cast The Crown, to come in and help for some of the chemistry reads they were doing between Camillas, who they were auditioning'

Process: She added: ‘I got asked by Nina Gold and Rob Sterne, who cast The Crown, to come in and help for some of the chemistry reads they were doing between Camillas, who they were auditioning’

Regé-Jean made an interesting comparison, noting Emma’s audition process was similar to Diana’s experience when she first officially met The Royal Family during a hunting trip in Balmoral.

Emma admitted she had never thought of it like that but was having a ‘mental breakdown’ at the revelation.  

Earlier this year, the 25-year-old won a Golden Globe for Best Performance By An Actress In A TV Series, Drama, for her role in the hit Netflix series. 

The Crown series four aired in November and covered the time period between 1977 and 1990, set during Margaret Thatcher’s time as Prime Minister. 

Doting wife: It was revealed in February by the Daily Mail that Emma had won a coveted role opposite Harry Styles in her first major film called My Policeman (pictured on set)

Doting wife: It was revealed in February by the Daily Mail that Emma had won a coveted role opposite Harry Styles in her first major film called My Policeman (pictured on set)

The fourth installment covered the complicated relationship between PM and Queen, as well as Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding and her battle with bulimia.

Helena Bonham Carter took on the role of Princess Margaret. Other stars included Gillian Anderson as Thatcher, Olivia Colman as Queen, Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip and Josh O’Connor as Charles. 

It was revealed in February by the Daily Mail that Emma had won a coveted role opposite singer-turned-actor Harry Styles in her first major film.

The pair will play a young couple who become caught up in a polysexual menage-a-trois. 

Star of the show: Meanwhile Regé-Jean became an overnight sensation when he portrayed heartthrob Simon Basset in fellow Netflix TV series, Bridgerton

Star of the show: Meanwhile Regé-Jean became an overnight sensation when he portrayed heartthrob Simon Basset in fellow Netflix TV series, Bridgerton 

My Policeman, which director Michael Grandage began shooting in April, is set in 1957 and the early 1990s. 

In My Policeman, Emma plays Marion, who falls for her best friend’s big brother, Tom Burgess (Styles), a policeman in post-war Brighton.

The third member of the love triangle is Patrick Hazelwood, who’s as besotted with PC Burgess as Marion is.

The movie, backed by Amazon Films, is based on Bethan Roberts’s 2012 novel, and explores the sexual politics of the 1950s and the criminalisation of homosexuality.

Blossoming tale: In the first season of the show, it centred on his character's romance with leading lady Daphne Bridgerton, played by Phoebe Dynevor (pictured)

Blossoming tale: In the first season of the show, it centred on his character’s romance with leading lady Daphne Bridgerton, played by Phoebe Dynevor (pictured) 

Meanwhile Regé-Jean became an overnight sensation when he portrayed heartthrob Simon Basset in fellow Netflix TV series, Bridgerton. 

In the first season of the show, it centred on his character’s romance with leading lady Daphne Bridgerton, played by Phoebe Dynevor. 

Netflix said in the first 28 days after the show premiered, Bridgerton was streamed in 82million households, so it came as little surprise when it was renewed for a second season in January. 

At the time, the streaming giant revealed that the second installment of episodes would focus on Daphne’s brother, Anthony Bridgerton, played by Jonathan Bailey.

Quest for love: The second season will focus on Anthony Bridgerton's (Jonathan Bailey) quest to find a wife after his turbulent affair with opera singer Siena Rosso was played out in the first series (pictured in show still)

Quest for love: The second season will focus on Anthony Bridgerton’s (Jonathan Bailey) quest to find a wife after his turbulent affair with opera singer Siena Rosso was played out in the first series (pictured in show still) 

It will follow Anthony’s quest to find a wife, although it was initially suggested that Daphne and Simon would still feature in the show, just not in leading roles.  

However, it was announced in April that Regé-Jean would not be reprising his role as the Duke of Hastings in series two amid claims he only ever had a ‘one-season deal’.

But bosses revealed in May they have ruled out the actor ever returning on the show – even for a cameo – as it ‘doesn’t make sense’. 

Meanwhile Regé-Jean is one of the bookies favourites to take on 007 after he hinted he could be a good contender to succeed Daniel Craig earlier this year. 

007? Meanwhile Regé-Jean is one of the bookies favourites to take on 007 after he hinted he could be a good contender to succeed Daniel Craig earlier this year (Daniel pictured in No Time To Die)

007? Meanwhile Regé-Jean is one of the bookies favourites to take on 007 after he hinted he could be a good contender to succeed Daniel Craig earlier this year (Daniel pictured in No Time To Die) 

 

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