Matt Smith has Claire Foy‘s back when it comes to talking about the pay disparity issue that plagued “The Crown.”
“I think actually she probably should’ve been paid that originally in the first place and I think everyone’s taken a long hard look at themselves and gone ‘Here’s where we went wrong and can we go forward and make it right?’” Smith told Page Six at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of “Mapplethorpe” on Sunday night.
“The problem is it happened too late,” he said. “She’s the Queen for God’s sake. It’s ridiculous.”
At a talk in Jerusalem this March, Left Bank Pictures, the production company behind “The Crown,” revealed that Smith was paid more than Foy because he was a more well-known name thanks to his role on “Doctor Who.” The company later apologized and said going forward, “no one gets paid more than the Queen.”
“She had the most lines. She worked the most,” Smith added. “She had the most days, and I think that should’ve been reflected in what she was paid, but they made amends and hopefully going forward we’re on the right path.”
When news of the pay disparity between the two actors broke, Foy told Entertainment Weekly she had been thrust into a story she didn’t ask to be part of, though she understood the interest given the Time’s Up movement.
“But I’m not [surprised about the interest in the story] in the sense that it was a female-led drama,” she 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 center [of a story] that you didn’t particularly ask for.”
Foy and Smith have since departed the series, with Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies taking over the roles of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.
“I’m very excited,” Smith told Page Six of Menzies’ casting. “I think he’s absolutely fantastic casting for it … I’m really thrilled for him actually. I think he’s going to be fabulous.”
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