Claire Foy heartbroken over being paid less than The Crown co-star Matt Smith
The actress played a young Queen Elizabeth in the Netflix drama The Crown. The 38-year-old appeared opposite Matt, 40, who played the Duke of Edinburgh.
The favorite of the small screen was “very upset” after discovering that the latter had won more than her.
However, Claire admitted it had an “incredible impact” afterwards.
In 2018, producers revealed the star – who won two Emmys and a Golden Globe for drama – earned less than Matt.
She first heard about the pay gap when it made national headlines and has now hit the news.
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“I wasn’t shocked,” she shared in a new interview today. “I was very upset.
“Not like, boohoo, crying in anger. I was very upset.”
Claire said she didn’t “allow” herself to get upset about the argument at the time.
She continued in The Guardian’s Saturday magazine: “I really love my industry, and I think it’s made up of a lot of honourable, incredibly talented, brilliant, imaginative and incredible people.
“Sometimes you see something, you hear something, you notice something, or something happens to you, and you’re just like, ‘Oh my God, what am I doing? Why am I do it? Do I have to be part of it?’
“I found that really heartbreaking.”
The Crown controversy came shortly after American actress Michelle Williams made headlines when it was revealed that actor Mark Wahlberg had won $1.5 million ($1.1 million). pounds) to refilm parts of All the Money in the World to Erase actor Kevin Spacey, when she reportedly received less than $1,000 (£728).
The latter then announced that he was donating the money to Time’s Up – an initiative to help those who have suffered sexual assault, harassment or abuse at work.
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However, finding herself in the middle of the furor, Claire said she didn’t want to be the spokesperson.
She added: “I just think everyone wanted me to behave a certain way, in response. And I didn’t.
“…I don’t think I should be honest about some things about it, because I don’t think it would be helpful. It would add more fuel.”
At the time, Left Bank Pictures publicly apologized to Claire and Matt and took responsibility for setting salaries before committing to do better.
Claire, who said the salary row subsequently had an “incredible impact” because “you can’t lie now”, has since reprized her role in the show’s fifth series.
She appeared during a flashback episode showing the late Queen’s visit to Clydebank in 1953 to launch the Royal Yacht Britannia.
The Crown saw her portray the Queen in the first two series of the Netflix show, before Olivia Colman took over for series three and four.
Imelda Staunton is the star of series five and six.
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