Claire Foy Talks ‘The Crown’ Pay Gap Controversy, Admits People Wanted Her To Have An Opinion

Claire Foy has spoken about “The Crown” pay gap on numerous occasions and she’s now discussing the controversy once again.

The 34-year-old spoke to The Wall Street Journal about finding out that she was earning less money than her co-star Matt Smith.

She explained, “I was being paid less than Matt. It was a short, sharp initiation into people wanting you to have an opinion about something you’re involved in.”

“You want to make sure you are saying something beneficial for a huge number of people, something that is not reductive and that you believe in, but you don’t really know enough about.”

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Smith also spoke about the issue, telling the mag: “We were suddenly thrust into this discussion that none of us knew anything about. But we had a sense of unity, and I fully support Claire.”

“Claire is interested in good things and good people. She is f—ing brilliant; she is compelling, beguiling, interesting, irreverent. If she could hear me now she would be sticking two fingers up at me. The only challenge is trying to get her out,” he added, according to JustJared.

Foy also opened up about taking time off from work to be with her 3-year-old daughter Ivy Rose: “I am very confident in saying I deserve a rest. It’s lovely, completely self-indulgent. I only have a year left with her. I just can’t bear it.”

She added, “There is a quote, and I am not sure if I am remembering it right. ‘Having the option of doing the extraordinary makes the ordinary more extraordinary.’ That makes sense to me.”

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