“The Crown” stars Emma Corrin, Josh O’Connor and Emerald Fennell cover the November 2020 issue of Town & Country magazine photographed by Danny Kasirye and styled by Mike Adler. Written by Elizabeth Holmes.
Josh O’Connor on Emma Corrin’s Casting: “It’s a legendary story, this one,” says Josh O’Connor, who plays Prince Charles—one third of the love triangle involving Camilla Parker Bowles and Lady Diana Spencer. He’s speaking not of the love triangle itself, but of the day of auditions that led to the casting of Emma Corrin, who plays Princess Diana. “Stepping into the casting room that day, she also had no experience acting on television,” writes Elizabeth Holmes. “And yet she captivated the crowd.”
Emma Corrin On Princess Diana: “The coldness, the traditions, and the expectations of behavior…I don’t think she expected that,” Corrin says. “I think she expected to join a family.” As for the situation today, the actress sees some parallels. “You just want to shake these tabloids and say, can’t you see history repeating itself?”
Emerald Fennel on Camilla Parker-Bowles: Emerald Fennell completes the love triangle as Camilla Parker Bowles, a role she’d been eyeing since The Crown began. “One day they’re going to want Camilla,” she told her agent. “Will you make sure that I get to go in?” Fennell auditioned twice. The first time, which she describes as a “terrible, terrible mess,” was in the midst of filming Killing Eve, for which she served as head writer and executive producer.
“There’s a personality type I think that goes with it,” she says, describing Camilla as “languid, but actively so.”
HBC + Olivia Colman: Helena Bonham Carter, who returns as Princess Margaret, welcomes the chance to carry the troubled spare into her fifth decade. “It’s so nice to be employed and [able to] show off our age,” the 54-year-old says. Olivia Colman reprises her role as the queen with more gray at her temples and a simmering impatience. “It’s nice to play a little bit of bitterness, a little bit of jealousy,” Colman says. “All of these emotions which are much more interesting than—” “Innocence,” Bonham Carter interjects. “Youth? Overrated!”
[Photo Credit: Danny Kasirye for Town & Country Magazine]