“What’s extraordinary is that Emma has gone from complete obscurity, not a huge amount of experience, to suddenly playing one of the most famous women in the world.”
So says director Jessica Hobbs (at the helm of three episodes of The Crown s4), when talking about English actress Emma Corrin, who plays Princess Diana in the fourth season of Netflix‘s royal family drama. The streaming giant has released a 4-minute featurette focusing on the high-profile role and Corrin’s performance, with talking head snippets from the actress herself, as well contributions from the cast and crew.
“She just really became her,” says Oscar winner Olivia Colman, who plays Queen Elizabeth. “It was spooky to sit in front of her. It’s like looking at the real thing. It was such a beautiful performance.”
The latest season of The Crown has certainly placed another big spotlight on the British royals, as viewers head online to voice their displeasure of certain incidents depicted and how Princess Diana was treated overall during her time in the royal family. But, while the show is based on very real individuals and historical events, it’s important to remember that the show itself is just that – a show.
“Something I realised very early on was the need to seperate the Diana I play from the Diana who was,” says Corrin. “We’re not mimicking. That’s not what we’re doing. This is our own – Peters’s [Morgan, creator] – version of what happened. It’s his story. It’s fictitious.”
Check out the “Playing Diana” featurette below, which also looks at how the cast and crew reacted to seeing Corrin dressed as Princess Diana on her wedding day. The Crown season 4 is now streaming on Netflix and can be watched right HERE.
Official synopsis for The Crown season 4:
As the 1970s are drawing to a close, Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and her family find themselves preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), who is still unmarried at 30. While Charles’ romance with a young Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin) provides a much-needed fairytale to unite the British people, as the transformation from teenager to Princess of Wales takes place, it is anything but a fairy tale for Diana.