Olivia Colman is developing a nice line in royal roles: she plays Anne, Queen of Great Britain in the acclaimed film The Favourite, and will portray Queen Elizabeth II in the upcoming third season of The Crown.
But the Golden Globe-winning actress believes that the U.K.’s current monarch is more difficult to depict because of her global familiarity.
“I find the harder is Queen Elizabeth because everyone knows what she looks like, everyone knows what she sounds like, everyone has an opinion on whether the casting is right,” she told the Press Association.
“And I am loving the job, I am loving trying to play her, but I find her harder. The difference between the two, playing different people is what I went into this job for, that’s the whole point of being an actor, so I am having a lovely time.”
Colman has already earned Golden Globe and SAG Awards nominations for her performance in The Favourite, and is tipped to receive an Oscar nod, too.
She’ll make her debut as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown later this year, though Netflix has yet to confirm season three’s premiere date.
“I want to do it justice and do it well and be respectful and all of those things – and the writing is incredible so that help,” she said of the show’s new season.
In case you missed it, here’s Colman chatting with Graham Norton about playing the Queen:
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