Claire Foy ‘Not Surprised’ People Thought ‘The Crown’ Pay Gap Was ‘Odd’

Controversy erupted earlier this month over the revelation that Claire Foy had been paid less than co-star Matt Smith for her role in “The Crown”, and the actress says she isn’t surprised by the outcry.

Entertainment Weekly spoke to Foy on Friday, and the actress addressed the controversy.

“I’m surprised because I’m at the centre of it, and anything that I’m at the centre of like that is very very odd, and feels very very out of ordinary,” she said.

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“But I’m not [surprised about the interest in the story] in the sense that it was a female-led drama,” Foy continued. “I’m not surprised that people saw [the story] and went, ‘Oh, that’s a bit odd.’ But I know that Matt feels the same that I do, that it’s odd to find yourself at the centre [of a story] that you didn’t particularly ask for.”

Left Bank Pictures, the production company behind the hit Netflix series, apologized to both Foy and Smith last week for placing the two actors in the middle of a controversy.

Left Bank’s creative director Suzanne Mackie promised, “Going forward, no one gets paid more than the queen.”

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Unfortunately, that change does not apply to Foy, who is exiting the show after its second season as the character of the Queen ages, to be replaced by actress Olivia Colman.

Asked whether she is excited to see what Colman does in the role, Foy told EW, “I’ll be asking to see it earlier than it’s available. I can’t wait to see it. I think Olivia Colman’s amazing.”



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