The queen has finally spoken! Following the controversial report that Claire Foy, star of Netflix drama The Crown, was paid less than co-star Matt Smith — who played her husband, Prince Philip, a character who was undoubtedly a supporting role compared to the freakin’ Queen of England — the actress revealed that she wasn’t the least bit surprised the news caught everyone’s attention.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly on Friday, March 23rd, Claire Foy said this about the upheaval over her paycheck:
The magnanimous Foy added that she “can’t wait to see” the next season of The Crown. “I’ll be asking to see it earlier than it’s available,” she said. “I think Olivia Colman’s amazing.”
The news was just the latest in a string of ongoing revelations about the state of equal pay in Hollywood.
A recent example of the gender pay gap in Tinseltown is that of Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg. The actors were paid vastly different amounts while working on the movie All the Money in the World. Wahlberg earned $1.5 million for the film’s reshoots, while Williams received a per diem of $80/day after offering to do the reshoots for free. Wahlberg was also paid *eight times* more than Williams in the first place, even before the reshoots became necessary.
For its part, the production company behind The Crown apologized to Claire Foy for the pay discrepancy.
Showrunners have also promised that moving forward, no one would get paid more than the queen.
That’s great for incoming star Olivia Colman, who will portray the queen during the show’s third and fourth seasons. However, it doesn’t necessarily benefit Foy.
Jared Harris, who played Foy’s onscreen father, King George VI, said he believes the only way to rectify the situation is to compensate Foy with back pay so that her salary retroactively matches Smith’s.
There’s no word on whether Left Bank will take Harris up on his suggestion. But we wholeheartedly agree with the idea. Paying Claire Foy what she’s owed — and what she deserves — should be a royal decree, don’t you think?