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Elizabeth Debicki Waited Six Years to Play Princess Diana in 'The Crown'

Getting ready for Netflix’s second season of The Crown starting at

, Elizabeth Debicki is off to audition for a small part of next season. Little did she know that the audition would land her playing Princess Diana in seasons five and six years later.

But due to the pandemic, her tenure as the late Princess of Wales (whose title has now passed to Catherine) has changed from Until earlier this month, when the season ended on Netflix. However, this gave her a lot of time to really research and understand the icon.

Debicki stars opposite Dominic West (Charles), Imelda Staunton (The Queen) and Jonathan Pryce (Prince Philip). Production on the sixth season is already underway.

Read below the Hollywood Reporter’s Q&A with Debicki.

How did you get along with Day in this season of The Crown

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I am watching The Crown Season 1​​. I watched it because one of my best friends, Vanessa Kirby, played Princess Margaret. So I was there watching it, and my agent said, “Would you like to audition for this episode of season two?” So I said, “I’m not physically fit for that role at all.” I don’t think I work. I don’t think I want to do that. ’ She said, ‘Of course you have to, because these guys are making this fantastic TV show. ’ So I went to this audition where there were casting directors and some producers, and when I was halfway through the scene, it was kind of like, “Okay, thank you so much for coming,” and I went home with my tail between my legs But it turns out that during that audition they saw something Diana-esque in the audition, and no one was more surprised than me when I got the email a few days later. It’s kind of like using The pencil lightly says, “We think this might be a good fit, and we’ll bring it up in four years,” which is like an eternity in an actor’s life. You’re like, “Okay, then I’m old!” I want to do it right now! ’ In my mind it was very, very loosely put on the back burner. But I kept hoping it would come back, but I didn’t know. And then it did happen, and then I was asked to be in .

Do you feel nervous about playing such a role?

It’s just so natural and effortless. It’s such a challenge just to act, but such a good challenge. It’s a real Challenge. Like how do you do it? How do you embody that? The other side of approaching such incredible people and reading them is the other thing I love about this show. Everyone on the show is amazing. I really think The performances were incredible throughout. So as an actor, a part of you thinks, of course I want to step in and try and see if I can do it. So you say yes, without a second thought, and once you say Yeah, the thinking starts and then you actually stand in front of your kitchen sink and you think, what have I done? And then you wrestle with these things and then prepare and go through the process.

What kind of preparation did your image take and how much time did you spend correcting her demeanor?

Honestly, it’s been a bit long. I have time because it was a really weird time in the world, and all of a sudden, we all have Time that wasn’t there before because it was COVID and I actually started prepping in London a few months ago. By that I mean actually sitting in a makeup chair and five people are watching a hair being cut off, Then everyone steps back and goes, “Hmmm. “I have time to be alone quietly, I’m on the other side of the world, literally, I’m in Australia, I’m with my family, I open the box and all these shots and all these clips come out and all this you Books to read, in my normal life as an actor, I’d normally be like, “Oh my god, I don’t have time,” but suddenly, I have this time, and I’m not doing another job at the time, I’m Sit down. And, as far as human beings go, I find it all fascinating, I find the stories fascinating, I find fact stranger than fiction, and often, in this ” life. Also the effect Princess Diana had on people when you look at her and listen to her she had that effect on me we all felt that way about her . She is so charming and compelling. I love doing it, I love learning, trying to understand who she is and getting as close to it as possible. So it doesn’t feel like a task. It’s kind of like a joy. But it takes a lot of work at the same time.

Diana has been featured in quite a few TV and movies. Have you looked at previous iterations for inspiration?

I’ve seen some of them. I think one of the cute things about The Crown is that it’s kind of a cute equalizer in a way because someone else played your part before you. I also like it as a device for the audience, because it reminds people that this is craft and structure, and you can suspend disbelief. That’s what we’re asking the audience to do when we move on to new actors. In a way, it takes some…and when I say precious, I mean probably tentatively. It has a strong feel to it, really like, this is your job, someone else did it before you, they pass the baton and you take it from them and run with it. This has a good momentum. We all have our own attempts, and we pass it on, and the next person tries it, which reminds me of drama. …they’re all so different, neither right nor wrong. And they’re all just an interpretation, so I guess that’s probably where I put it in my head.

What was your most challenging scene?

Many of these are challenging for different reasons. As an actor, [I often think about] the things you haven’t done. If you have to make a movie, there might be a scene where you’re like, “Oh God, how do I do this?” And that’s often the most demanding thing on your heart or soul or anything else. I guess it’s the same.There are certain scenes where I’m like, “That’s going to hurt, so, so sad. How can I do that then? So there are some. In particular, there’s a scene with Imelda in episode eight, where Dai Ana went to tell the queen she was done with the Panorama interview. There was this twist in that scene, I just found it devastating. …but I love mine too Work. When a thing is the most challenging, it is also the most satisfying time to be an actor.

You mentioned that Diana still means a lot to a lot of people. How did you ease the pressure of anticipation about taking on the role, how did you deal with the renewed interest?

Essentially, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever done before, so it takes a mental discipline, in the sense that you have to constantly Correct your brain. Because in the beginning, there was a real sense of, what do I do? How do you deal with it? On the one hand, it’s kind of like the characters you used to play. It’s the script, it’s the scene, it’s you lines, it’s your character’s name, it’s what you do as an actor, you interpret it. But, of course, there’s also a lot of information that people bring to the story: memories, living memories, expectations, opinions, you have to There’s room for what the audience brings in. And then on a very basic level, and I’m being very honest about it, I think we all are, it’s really intimidating to play someone that a lot of people feel they know and also like. I think it comes down to the point where you have to accept that it’s the way it is. You can’t let it go. You can’t let it go quiet. You really just have to be disciplined and just stay in your story, stay in that interpretation, And believe in writing, really. In a way, there’s just too much noise, there’s so much research that can be done, but you go back to the script, and then it’s kind of a refinement process, and then you cool off, but that’s the thing Part of it, it’s also about the conversations that happen around the show, and of course it’s there. Of course people have opinions, of course they have memories, of course they have thoughts and feelings. Of course, it’s polarizing. That’s it, you know, It was a massive conversation that was totally expected and I didn’t really get into it because I’m still working on it. But when I think about it, when I read a little bit, you get the idea range, and you understand the different opinions about it, but, of course, at the end of the day, it’s just a little bit like an actor, playing a character to the best of your ability. Be as honest as you can be while you’re doing it.

I think some people think the royal family should ban entertainment.

Correct. I mean, you can understand why a certain level of people would want to be protected , but yes, they are public figures, they are historical events. They’ve been told many times before and I’m sure they’ll be told many times again, and maybe part of that is trying to get to the heart of something and understand for a while, understanding what’s critical to the future of the culture and society of the country as a whole is How it evolved and developed, and who these people are.

What do you know or feel about Diana now, before filming season six and filming started two years ago What’s the difference?

I really don’t know that much. Everything I learn, I really learn for the first time. I don’t think I understand the extent to which the media has influenced her life and the course of her life. Of course, I know she’s a public figure, her record is incredible, and she’s not alone enough. Privacy is so important to a person’s ability to stay focused, to be happy, to develop relationships, and to feel calm, something she’s been deprived of throughout her public life. But I don’t think I understand her journey, and the way it evolved and grew and became something that really manipulated her. Of course, just a little bit of this incredibly destructive frenzy developed as we know it. I really don’t know the extent of it.

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