Helena Bonham Carter Shares The Pressures Of Taking On Princess Margaret Ahead Of The Crown Season 3 Filming

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She might be currently thrilling us on the big screen joining with Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and an all-star cast pulling off a pretty impressive heist, but it’s Helena Bonham Carter’s next role that has us eager for news. Luckily for fans of The Crown, she was willing to share some tidbits from the upcoming third season of the hit Netflix series.

Although they have yet to start filming, Bonham Carter revealed that she is already well into prep to takeover from Vanessa Kirby as the Queen’s younger sister, Princess Margaret as part of the next generation of The Crown. Speaking to Variety during Tuesday’s Ocean’s 8 premiere in New York, Bonham Carter shared the pressure she feels under portraying the Princess as well as some of the anxiety associated with that.

“I’ve definitely started prepping… I started months ago… it’s a big thing,” Bonham Carter stated. While she is finding the whole experience “exciting”, there’s also a healthy dose of fear in the mix. “We start in a few weeks, and I think we’re all — we’re completely terrified. I think also because the first two seasons were such a success, we have the onus of inheriting the responsibility of doing justice to all these genuinely famous people, and then on top of it, inheriting them from this previous generation of actors who’ve done such good jobs.”

Claire Foy and Matt Smith portrayed the Queen and Prince Philip to much acclaim in the first two seasons of the period drama, which covered the early years of the monarch’s reign. Season 3 has a much larger time jump (with the action probably taking place late 60s-early 70s), aging the Foy, Smith, Kirby and others out of their roles. Olivia Colman takes over from Foy with Tobias Menzies playing the Prince.

While there will obviously be some similarities to the previous performances and the real people they portray, Bonham Carter said that the new actors will bring something new to their characters and that will be interesting to watch. “None of us look at all like our previous generation. We don’t actually look like our real people either. I don’t look like Margaret. I don’t think Olivia looks particularly like the Queen, but it’s interesting. We just have to try and create some sort of essence. The good thing is that all the characters are so multifaceted, so we will probably capture different bits.”

Season 3 of The Crown begins filming later this summer in the UK. It will air on Netflix some time in 2019.

Clare Sidoti
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