The Crown fans cried mutiny earlier this month when producers revealed that series lead Claire Foy was paid less than her costar Matt Smith — but no one felt more rattled by the news than the Queen herself.
Foy broke her silence on the fuss surrounding her salary over the weekend. While she admitted that being the center of the drama felt “very out of the ordinary,” she of course understood why fans were royally pissed off.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Unsane star explained:
“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, ├óΓé¼╦£Oh, that’s a bit odd.'”
The odd story came out during the INTV Conference in Jerusalem, when producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries revealed that Foy was paid less than Smith, who portrays Prince Philip, due to the actor’s fame from Doctor Who.
A number of fans weren’t satisfied with that justification, and were so outraged they created a Care2 petition encouraging Smith to donate the difference in their paychecks to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund.
While Foy didn’t comment on the petition, she added that Smith was just as caught off guard about the ordeal as she was:
“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.”
Smith has yet to respond to the petition. For what it’s worth, Left Bank Pictures, which produces The Crown, issued an apology to both actors in a statement, which reads:
“We want to apologize to both Claire Foy and to Matt Smith, brilliant actors and friends, who have found themselves at the center of a media storm this week through no fault of their own. Claire and Matt are incredibly gifted actors who, along with the wider cast on The Crown have worked tirelessly to bring our characters to life with compassion and integrity. As the producers of The Crown, we at Left Bank Pictures are responsible for budgets and salaries; the actors are not aware of who gets what, and cannot be held personally responsible for the pay of their colleagues.”
Discussing individuals’ salaries is certainly not polite conversation, but sometimes it’s a necessary one. As the producers said, from now on, “no one makes more than the Queen.”
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