Claire Foy Talking About ‘The Crown’ Pay Gap
Claire Foy speaks onstage during the For Your Consideration event for Netflix’s The Crown at Saban Media Center on April 27, 2018 in North Hollywood, California – Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images North America.
Amid a media storm surrounding reports that Matt Smith, who plays Prince Philip, received a higher salary on the series than Claire Foy, who plays Queen Elizabeth, Netflix canceled red carpet interviews for the event in North Hollywood on Friday, according to Christy Carras, writer for the well known entertainment industry news magazine Variety. However, during the Friday’s The Crown panel with Claire Foy, Vanessa Kirby, show creator Peter Morgan, and costume designer Jane Petrie, Foy shared her thoughts on the controversy when Vanity Fair’s Krista Smith asked her final question: What about the pay gap?
“I have had the most extraordinary revelation about myself and womankind,” Claire Foy said. “It’s sort of amazing that the conversations people are having now, people think we’ve always been able to have, but we haven’t. You asking me that question is probably the first time in my career that anybody has ever asked me about being a woman in this industry, or just being a woman in general, and to me I find that amazing.”
Claire Foy went on to address women in the industry and otherwise with her new outlook on women’s empowerment.
“If I don’t speak up and support myself, then no one else can,” she continued. “It’s about being able to feel you can be your own advocate, and you can make a point, and you can say something without it being you being ‘difficult.’ It can actually just be you supporting yourself.”
The producers of The Crown have publicly apologized to Claire Foy and Matt Smith for the pay scandal. Whether Foy will receive compensation for the inequity is unclear, however, since an entirely new cast will take over for seasons 3 and 4. In a lighter segment of the panel, Foy and Kirby recounted their desperation to find out who would replace them as Elizabeth and Margaret in season 3.
“They’re so secretive,” Claire Foy said, referring to the show’s creative team. “We were constantly trying to find out.”