The months-awaited “The Crown” season 5 was said to be the most controversial yet on Wednesday. Mostly because it examines the British royal family in the 1990s, when Queen Elizabeth’s three children often received scandal when they separated from their spouses — notably Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, and his wife, Diana, Princess of Wales — amid accusations of infidelity.
Charles eventually married his mistress, Camilla Parker Bowles, and the couple ascended to the throne two months before the release of Season 5. After Queen Elizabeth’s death on September 8, they are now King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort.
A day after Season 5 dropped on Netflix, Dominic West, who plays Charles, and Olivia Williams, who plays Camilla, sat down to talk Difference They have no doubts about playing the couple, how they feel about being labeled “too hot” for their characters and what it’s like to reenact the infamous “Tampon-Gate” episode, the illegally recorded phone call between Charles and Camilla. Charles sneaks into the press that he wants to be reincarnated as a tampon so he can live in Camilla.
How did you find the parts of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles – were they called? [showrunner] Peter Morgan?
west I got a call from Peter.
Williams: Did you do it?!
west Olivia needed to hear.
Williams: I had to check with him! And there were two other Camillas in the waiting room.
Dominic, was there any hesitation in taking the role when you got that call?
west Only for eight months. Hopefully this will be resolved soon. No, I was very skeptical like you, because it’s a bit of a gamble to play a role that has been successfully played by another actor. [Josh O’Connor played Prince Charles in Seasons 3 and 4] And with the show on the fifth season of Victory, actually. And so that was terrifying, obviously. It was hard to play a character I had never done before who was still alive and had such a high profile and obviously everyone knew how they looked and sounded. And everybody commented on that character in the period we’re talking about in season 5, which is, of course, the late 90s and the lowest point of his life and kind of the nadir of his public life and his private life. Life. So there are all kinds of bonds that you can imagine and ultimately I think, but as an actor, you live for great parts with great people and great scripts. And this one had all three, which is very unusual.
And for you, Olivia, it sounds like it’s the part you want, but once you get it, is there any doubt?
Williams: Yes, there was. I value my privacy. I managed to steer a strange course in my career, being employed enough to make enough money but still able to walk around the supermarket without being overwhelmed by my annoying fans. And I was a little worried that I might have the same fate as Camilla, that people would roll bread for me. [upmarket British grocery store] Waitrose. So, so far, I’ve gotten away with it.
It’s been 24 hours since Season 5 aired, but what has been the reaction to Life so far?
Williams: I have an amazing ability to ignore all the press, so I don’t know. I only know what my wife and daughter told me, they came to the premiere, and they were very excited.
west I read every single one. [review]. Because I always get if you don’t read it and you get into – I remember once I did a play on Broadway and I thought, “Well, I don’t read reviews.” And I walked into the theater and it was like a morgue. My dog looked at me like a dead man. And then I read the reviews. I think this season probably caused more controversy than previous seasons, because the queen died. And also because it’s probably the most tumultuous time in their lives and the one that most people remember the most.
The main criticism I’ve seen is that you’re both too hot to play Charles and Camilla. What is your response to this?
west [Jokingly] Well, I think you know something. I’ve had worse.
Williams: [The production] We just have to try and suppress how deep heat we have for Episode 6.
What were your favorite scenes to play in Season 5?
west There is a scene between Charles and Diana in one of the later episodes. [played by Elizabeth Debicki] Where there is some sort of closeness after a divorce… and I love it. That’s like a Peter Morgan one-act play and that’s a rare luxury in television to be able to do a scene that’s longer than 10 seconds, longer than 15 minutes.
I have to ask about “Tampon-gate”, especially since Josh O’Connor said he refused to do that scene. How did you both feel about doing it again?
Williams: Well, I think when you watch the episode, it’s very beautifully written. Anyone who wanted to challenge us on the picture just didn’t look the part. But now you see, you see, I hope, the important thing is not what they say to each other, but what is done with that information. A serious invasion of privacy and then maliciously published. And the main point of the conversation we got in the game was that they were joking. It was an affectionate, humorous conversation, and the exact phrase in question was a British self-deprecating joke. “When I knew my luck, it ended like [a tampon]Not “I want to be you”. [tampon]” and I think the difference between the two phrases is the key to the scene.
west Not much to add to that, really. But yeah, I mean, actually, I remember it as kind of brutal at the time. And that’s the view you get, and I think the papers and the media got it right, looking back now 20 years later, and in the drama, it wasn’t rude. But the meticulous interest in it and the way it was printed on the front pages of paper and became a tape that you could call and listen to. I think people feel very differently about it now and you see who the villains are in this episode. The two are not lovers but the people are exploiting them.
Before the interview ended, Williams wanted to acknowledge that it was World Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Day. [on 11/10]. Neuroendocrine cancer is the type of cancer that both Steve Jobs and Aretha Franklin had. Williams also touched herself. “I had neuroendocrine cancer,” she said. Difference. “And because he does not have an adequate understanding of what it is and its symptoms… [today] We are raising awareness for neuroendocrine cancer.