By Silvia García Herráez
Madrid, Nov 8 (EFE).- After Claire Foy and Olivia Colman, it is now Imelda Staunton’s turn to put on the crown and become Queen Elizabeth II in her mature age for The Crown’s fifth season, which will premiere Wednesday on Netflix, two months after the death of the monarch.
Staunton remembers the sadness on set after they received the news of the queen’s death. Production stopped for a few days and resumed after her funeral.
She feels it is an “honor” to interpret the late sovereign, but that to do so she had to step away from the idea of the “icon” and think of her as “a woman that has done her job superbly for 70 years and she is very religious and gets great strength from her faith.
“So all these characteristics and beliefs that she had have been very interesting to investigate,” she tells Efe in an interview.
“I really enjoy the moments between action and cut when I am being her cause I think she is a really good human being,” she adds.
The fifth season of the series is set in the 1990s, an explosive decade for the royals in which divorces of princess Anne and Mark Philips, prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson took place, and most importantly, Prince Charles’ affair with Camila Parker Bowles followed by his divorce to Princess Diana.
This last subject is the season’s central theme: how the transition was lived from inside and Lady Di’s life after her departure from the royal household until she rebuilt her personal life and her interview with the BBC in which she revealed what she had gone through as the prince’s wife.
“I think the most prominent part of the royal family and one’s connection with the royal family came through Diana because she seemed to speak and represent things for a lot of people in the country,” said Jonathan Pryce, who is playing prince Philip in this last season.
According to Lesley Manville, playing princess Margaret – a role previously played by Vanessa Kirby and Helena Bonham Carter – this new season of the show will address princess Diana’s story from a more realistic perspective.
“We all know that she did the Panorama interview (…) the history tells us what happened, and a lot of us remember what happened, but The Crown goes inside all of that a bit more so that you can see what it might have been like for Diana in a more realistic and human level.”EFE/ aef