Elizabeth Debicki actually auditioned for The Crown in season two


    Elizabeth Debicki plays Princess Diana, one of the most famous women in the world, but as far as the actor is concerned, not much has changed since she made her debut as a royal in The crown‘s fifth season.

    “I’m still on set almost every day to film season six,” says the French-Australian actor about the Netflix series. “So life is remarkably similar to what it looked like a month ago and the month before that. I’m going nowhere. I just go to work.”

    For now, that is. In season five, streaming now, Debicki’s Diana begins to step out of the shadows of the royal family and embrace her independence. It’s a tour de force that puts her at the center of the Emmy award-winning drama. As a result, the anonymity Debicki most likely had won’t last long. Even biographer Andrew Morton, who wrote Diana: Her True Storytold People that Debicki’s rendition was “frighteningly accurate and authentic”. Still, she’s a little reluctant to admit what’s in store for her. “The new season is only out for a few days, so we’ll see.”

    It’s been a few years since Debicki’s casting was first announced, so the 32-year-old has had time to prepare. “You hope people enjoy watching it, that it’s entertaining and educational,” she says. “People seem to like it, so that’s good.”

    But what you didn’t know is that Debicki auditioned The crown years before. So what happened? And if she could have talked to the real Princess Diana, what would she have asked? Here, Debicki talks about portraying the iconic figure, all the Easter eggs you may have missed in the new season, and more.

    Glamor: How was your audition process? Had you met the casting directors in previous seasons?

    Elizabeth Debicki: I auditioned for a small part in season two. I went in for the part and the people in the room saw something in that audition that wasn’t right for the part I was auditioning for and it was right for Diana. So it was very unexpected for me. And in the few years that followed, I had hoped it would happen, but I wasn’t sure. And then it happened.

    Can you tell me which role you auditioned for?

    No, but it wasn’t anything you can imagine. When my agent said, “Go audition for this,” I thought, “Really? Okay.”

    Prove that things are going the way they should, then. And now, as Diana, you are front and center. Is there a scene that was the most nerve-wracking to film?

    There were certain scenes where they were challenging because you know it’s going to be a very emotional ride to do it. So much of this season lives in this place where the character is really struggling. So it was actually quite a few scenes.

    The scene near the end of season five with you and Dominic, who plays Prince Charles. He comes to visit Diana at Kensington Palace to recap the marriage and what went wrong. It was such a long scene with so many different emotional arcs. Tell me about that.

    That was a big one. Dom and I used to call that the one-act play. It was three days to film that. But even though those scenes are challenging, they’re also so satisfying to do as an actor because they’re really demanding. It’s the kind of thing you want. I feel really grateful when I get to work with good material and great people. That’s as good as it gets.

    I know you’ve worked a lot on Diana’s accent and with exercise coaches. What was the most difficult Mannerism for you to deal with or inhabit?

    What felt the most technically challenging to me was the vocal work, because I think part of the fun of watching this show is hearing these characters speak. We have this memory of what these people sound like, so you feel a responsibility to give the audience that experience of recognizing these people through their voices. And they all have very, very unique voices.

    In the scene where you sign the divorce papers, did you try to copy Diana’s signature or was that someone else who signed the papers? Because from what I saw of her signature, it looked very, very accurate.

    I did. Thank you very much for pointing that out. You’re the only one who pointed that out. The day I did it I was like, “Hello? Watching.” And everyone was like, “Okay, let’s move on.” And I was like, “Look!” I was really nervous about doing it. It’s so funny how these things happen to you as an actor, when you’re the only person fighting this battle over something. I remember saying, “Oh God, let me do it again because I can do the autograph better.” I certainly did my best.

    It looked very much like her actual signature. Now I sound like an obsessed royal fan who even picked up on that. [Laughs]

    Thank you. I feel very validated.

    Meanwhile, when I recently interviewed the costume and hair/makeup teams, it came out that your complexion is paler than Princess Diana’s, so they had to tan you. What can you tell us about that process?

    Well, there are several methods to achieve it, but I have very, very pale skin. I think being tan was so important in the 90’s, wasn’t it? That was the pinnacle of what everyone wanted to look like. So that was definitely part of the makeup that we had to figure out how to do because I’m incredibly pale. The whole team has worked so hard for historical accuracy, even with the way they color the wigs, because they use the technique that was available in 1991. That was before we understood the technological developments of balayage hair. There’s something very precise about it. Kate [Hall, the hair and hair makeup designer] it’s fantastic.

    You talked about it a lot Diana’s ‘revenge dress’. Outside of that, was there a look you loved the most?

    Yes, there is a lot. I love Diana’s gym clothes. It’s so iconic. Now it’s like everyone else is doing it, but I really feel like she was the first. The tiny little white shorts and massive moonboot sneakers and the big sweaters. In fact, we had some jerseys remade by the people who made the original. The British Lung Foundation for example, which really moved me that they would replicate that for us.

    You are currently filming season six. Did you have a lot of breaks between seasons, or did you jump right into new episodes?

    We had a little break… about three and a half months.

    What can you tell us about how your Diana will turn into where we left her at the end of season five? season six?

    I don’t want to say anything because I just want people to experience it. I think the igniting for all evolution is in watching season five. I think that goes for so many of these characters. That’s what I’ll say.

    If you could ask Diana anything, what would you most like to know now that you’ve been playing her for so long?

    I never really know what to say to that question… I have a vague answer, but it’s more about wanting to be close to that energy. I think she was very brave. She broke many barriers and had the courage to tell the truth. She showed how you can learn to bounce back from so many things. There’s a lot of power in that. That’s something I’d like to know: how you do it and how you navigate it. That would be an incredible conversation, among all the other things I could definitely ask her.

    What do you hope viewers take away from her story in season five?

    I think it has the capacity to make us empathize so much with what these people were going through, what might have happened beneath the surface. For example, the information that came to light with the Panorama interview and how it was obtained was just incredibly shocking with devastating consequences. And something like that, where before there was an idea of ​​what we thought was happening with that interview, now there’s the opportunity to make us understand something about it that we didn’t know before.

    Jessica Radloff is the Glamor senior West Coast editor and author of the New York Times best-selling book The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive, Inside Story of the Epic Hit Series. You can follow her here on Instagram.

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