Emerald Fennell: The Crown star on ‘very strange’ experience playing Camilla Parker Bowles

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Emerald Fennell, 35, graced our screens as Camilla Parker Bowles in the latest series of The Crown, playing the role alongside Emma Corrin as Princess Diana and Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles, as viewers saw the working dynamics of the infamous love triangle marriage. Based on real events, the hit Netflix show has come under scrutiny in the past, and the actress admits she was quite relieved that she was able to watch the show without the glitz and glamour that would have gone with the release of the prestigious show, pre-pandemic.

It’s very strange to be on everyone’s TV playing such a famous character

Emerald Fennell

In a recent interview, Fennell revealed it was a “very a strange” feeling to be on everyone’s TV screens playing the iconic member of the Royal Family.

“In a weird way, I could be quite far away from the scrutiny around the show,” she said.

“It’s very strange to be on everyone’s TV playing such a famous character.”

She went on to explain that she was grateful that she could sit back and enjoy the show like the rest of the nation.

“Normally, the premieres, the screenings, the photoshoots and the in-person things really intensify that whole process,” she explained.

“And you feel much more responsible and vulnerable.”

Fennell added: “But it was wonderful to watch the show at home, because I’m a fan.

“I’m only in it for a few episodes, so I got to watch everyone else who I love, being incredible.”

The actress also admitted playing Camilla helped keep her sane from the Hollywood madness of her other projects.

“I would fly back and do The Crown, so I had that time to decompress,” she told Radio Times.

“Also, I’m not the sort of actress who would ever go in and have notes, or want to change anything.

“But on The Crown, my only responsibility was to just be Camilla, in the room with Emma or Josh. It kept me sane, actually.”

The Crown has reached global status, with fans all over the world watching the story of the Queen and the royals play out.

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But the latest series has, arguably, been a highlight of the long-running show, due to Princess Diana’s debut.

It was a highly anticipated moment for viewers, as Corrin’s depiction of the people’s Princess left fans giddy with her uncanny resemblance.

Speaking about the momentous task of introducing Diana to viewers, hair and makeup designer Cate Hall told Express.co.uk and other press that the iconic hairstyle was a “Godsend” to recreate as the actress was every bit Lady Di.

“I think the process is the same for all the characters, which is that we start by trying to get a shape [of the hair],” she explained.

“It is [recognisable], but in a way that that’s kind of a total Godsend, because it’s just so iconic, that if you get it right, it can only be her.

Fennell’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times [RADIO TIMES]

“And in a way, if it was a bit more unrecognisable, then you’d be relying on so many more other tricks to try and do your job.”

Cate added that Emma’s performance is what made Diana’s character come alive, saying: “She absolutely embodies it.

“Working with Emma, as soon as that wig went on – and the makeup looks quite minimal, but I’m sure you can tell what we meant.

“But that’s it. You can just see those big blue eyes under that heavy fringe. And it’s her.”

Fennell’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times.

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