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'The Crown' Stars Olivia Colman and Gillian Anderson Talk Meeting Real Royals on 'Late Show'
The Crown's Olivia Colman and Gillian Anderson shared their experiences meeting real royalty while stopping by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
Colman, who returns as Queen Elizabeth on the Netflix series, and Anderson, who will star in the upcoming fourth season as Margaret Thatcher, both admitted their royal meetings weren't as extraordinary or dramatic as one might assume from watching the show.
"Everything we’ve done in The Crown is toned down compared to the actual palace," Colman admitted.
As for Anderson, her unique detail to offer to royal family fans is that there is a "Queen whisperer" who aids in reminding the monarch who she is meeting with — albeit reasonable given her position.
The fourth season of The Crown picks up in the late 1970s, with the majority of the action taking place in the 1980s, amid Thatcher's reign and the Falklands War as Prince Charles (Josh O'Connor) and Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) have what appears to be a fairy tale romance.
Colman and Anderson discussed nailing down the famed accents of their characters, with Anderson noting the former prime minister was "very breathy." As for Colman, she joked "I'm average English sounding but the royals have a whole other level of speaking."
When asked by Colbert if through taking on Queen Elizabeth she'd learned of a more tender and human side to the ruler, Colman admitted she'd never be "presumptuous" to know how another feels — even a queen.
"I'm an actor saying words pretending to be someone," Colman said. "She's obviously a human and she's been forced into this job that she wasn’t meant to do. And she's done it with extraordinary gusto and dignity."
The English actress added that before taking on the role of Queen Elizabeth, she hadn't paid much attention to the royal family or their history. "Growing up in a place where they’ve always existed, you don't really pay attention to it," Colman said.
Season four of The Crown starts streaming on Netflix on Nov. 15.