Josh O’Connor reveals the secret to playing HRH Prince Charles in “The Crown” in the latest issue of GQ Hype magazine photographed by Meinke Klein.
On researching and preparing for months, O’Connor finally locked on to an entry point: “What I’m gradually finding,” he says, “is a guy waiting for his mother to die for his life to have meaning. His whole life has been in purgatory. Waiting for your parent to die is pretty messed up. That the one person who should be unconditional is the person that holds the power for you to have any meaning in your life… it’s quite nice to play that. They’re huge stakes.”
On working with movement director Polly Bennett to get Charles’ physicality down: “Royals are always very clear about where they’re moving, because they’ve been told by protection officers exactly what they’re doing,” he says. “Whenever Charles gets out of a car he checks his cufflink, checks his pocket and then waves, the same movement, every time.”
On perfecting Charles’ idiosyncratic polo technique: “Charles holds the reins in a different way,” he says, demonstrating with his hands. “Most people have four reins here, then thumb on top. He puts the reins in between each finger. So I learnt that as well. I love that.”
[Photo Credit: Meinke Klein/GQ Hype Magazine]