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Posted Saturday 10/13/18 at 3:11AM EDT
Claire Foy reveals she was "deeply hurt" by The Crown pay gap revelation because it was a "big, fat, dirty secret"
Source: Page Six
“I was deeply hurt by it,” she tells Net-a-Porter magazine, “because I’d been working on that show for two years. I loved everybody on it. And then I realized, there’s been a big, fat, dirty secret that nobody’s ever talked about.” She adds: “But then there was also that thing (of being) an inadvertent spokesperson. Why did it have to be me? I could have said nothing. And I think everyone would have preferred that. But I thought, if I do that, I will be cheating myself and all the other women I know.”
Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 10:06PM EDT
The Crown Emmy winner Claire Foy was nearly denied entry into the official afterparty
Source: E! Online
Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness says he successfully intervened after security turned down Foy due to her ripped ticket.
Posted Friday 8/17/18 at 1:55PM EDT
Matt Smith's advice to his successor on The Crown: Make sure you have equal pay
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Smith alluded to the unequal pay controversy between him and co-star Claire Fox during a visit to James Corden's Late Late Show. Asked if he had any advice for Tobias Menzies, the new Prince Philip, Smith said: "God, make sure they pay you enough … and make sure it's even." ALSO: Terry Crews and Smith turn The Crown into a CBS cop show.
Posted Friday 7/27/18 at 1:14PM EDT
Claire Foy says she's received back pay for The Crown
Foy rebutted a Daily Mail report that claimed she was given £200,000 in back pay because of her lesser salary than co-star Matt Smith. "That was what was reported that I was back paid," she told Al-Arabiya English. "I’ve never mentioned anything about it and neither have the producers. The fact that that is 'fact' is...not quite correct."
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 6:42AM EDT
Report: Claire Foy to receive "back pay" to plug The Crown's salary gap with co-star Matt Smith
Source: The Daily Mail
Foy, who reportedly earned £29,000 per episode, will receive an additional £200,000 for her work.
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 5:36PM EDT
Claire Foy says The Crown pay-gap controversy "really opened my eyes about what I am allowed to have an opinion about"
Source: Page Six
“It definitely opened my eyes to a lot," she tells The Associated Press. "And I certainly won’t be naïve about those things,” Foy said in an interview on Monday in Las Vegas. “It’s really opened my eyes about what I am allowed to have an opinion about, and what I’m allowed to stand up for myself about. And I think that’s really changed my approach to myself and other women in this industry. It’s been only a positive thing — even though, embarrassing.”
Posted Monday 4/23/18 at 5:51AM EDT
The Crown's Matt Smith finally responds to Claire Foy pay-disparity controversy
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Claire is one of my best friends, and I believe that we should be paid equally and fairly and there should be equality for all," he told The Hollywood Reporter, adding: "I support her completely, and I'm pleased that it was resolved and they made amends for it because that what's needed to happen. Going forward, I think we should all bear in mind that we need to strive to make this better and a more even playing field for everyone involved — but not just in our industry, in all industries."
Posted Sunday 3/25/18 at 1:59AM EDT
Claire Foy responds to The Crown pay gap: It's odd to be at the center of a controversy you didn't ask for
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“I’m surprised because I’m at the center of it, and anything that I’m at the center of like that is very very odd, and feels very very out of ordinary,” Foy tells EW. “But I’m not (surprised about the interest in the story) in the sense that it was a female-led drama. 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.”
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 2:35PM EDT
The Crown alum Jared Harris calls Matt Smith-Claire Foy pay gap "an embarrassment"
Source: Digital Spy
"I think it's an embarrassment for Left Bank Pictures," says Harris, who played Elizabeth's father King George VI in Season 1 and who is the first The Crown cast member to speak about the equal pay controversy. Harris says Smith shouldn't be blamed.. "That's a function of the fact that, at the time when they made the deal, Matt Smith would have had a larger profile around the world (than Foy)," he says. "But they could've, at that point, paid her as much as him. That was their choice. And, right now, they're probably wishing they did."
Posted Thursday 3/22/18 at 1:53PM EDT
The Crown producers weren't responding to a "gotcha" question in revealing the Claire Foy-Matt Smith pay disparity
Deadline's Peter White, who moderated the INTV conference panel last week where Smith's higher pay than Foy was revealed, writes that he had met with executive producer Suzanne Mackie to discuss the #MeToo and Time's Up movements two days before she publicly admitted to the unequal pay.
Posted Tuesday 3/20/18 at 9:58AM EDT
The Crown producers apologize to Claire Foy and Matt Smith over equal pay controversy
Left Bank pictures, the production company behind the acclaimed Netflix series, released a lengthy statement offering its apology following the furor over the revelation that despite her leading role, Foy earns less than supporting actor Smith. But there was no talk about any further action. “We want to apologize to both Claire Foy and to Matt Smith, brilliant actors and friends, who have found themselves at the center of a media storm this week through no fault of their own. Claire and Matt are incredibly gifted actors who, along with the wider cast on The Crown have worked tirelessly to bring our characters to life with compassion and integrity,” Left Bank said. "As the producers of The Crown, we at Left Bank Pictures are responsible for budgets and salaries; the actors are not aware of who gets what, and cannot be held personally responsible for the pay of their colleagues.” Foy, Smith and Netflix haven't reacted publicly to last week's news, which has sparked a petition for Smith to donate some of his salary to Time's Up.
Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 12:37PM EDT
Petitioners urge The Crown's Matt Smith to donate the difference in his salary with Claire Foy to Time's Up
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
A Care2 petition urges Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Smith to "show that they stand with women and do the right thing." Smith has yet to comment on last week's revelation that he is paid more than Foy, despite her leading role in The Crown.
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 9:45AM EDT
Could Claire Foy sue over her unequal pay on The Crown?
British employment law expert Sarah Calderwood thinks Foy has a case. "The Equality Act 2010 implies an 'equality clause' into every employment contract," she says in reaction to the pay disparity between Foy and co-star Matt Smith. "Where a woman is employed on 'like work,' 'work rated as equivalent' or 'work of equal value' to a man in the same employment, she is entitled to terms which are no less favorable than the man’s e.g. his salary. Claire Foy could bring her claim in the Employment Tribunal, however is has to be noted that there is a six-month time limit from the last day of employment and Claire could therefore be out of time to bring her claim." It's not clear when Foy stopped working on The Crown, since Season 2 premiered just three months ago. However, another employment law expert, Jennifer Pinder, suggests that Netflix's excuse that Smith was paid more because he was more famous holds up -- but only for the first season, before Foy racked up an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe victory.
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 4:57PM EDT
The Crown vows to change its pay structure after admitting Claire Foy earned less than Matt Smith
Smith came into The Crown as a former Doctor Who, which producer Suzanne Mackie said is why he earned more than co-star Foy, despite her playing the lead role of The Queen. Still, producers plan to make sure that doesn't happen for the next group of actors playing the Royals. “Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen," said Mackie at the INTV conference in Jerusalem. As TV Line's Dave Nemitz points out -- calling the revelation "embarrassing" -- Foy was hardly an unknown in joining the Netflix series. She starred in the NBC drama Crossbones and played Anne Boleyn on PBS' acclaimed Henry VIII miniseries Wolf Hall. Alan Sepinwall, meanwhile, wonders if this is why producers seem to be more interested in Prince Philip than Queen Elizabeth II. "Sure, he's more famous than she is," Sepinwall says of Matt Smith. "But if you find yourself in a situation where you have to pay him more than her, find another actor. This looks bad and is bad. And speaks to the weird myopia of a show whose creator is bored by its main character."
Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 1:50AM EST
The Crown's Claire Foy separates from her husband after four years of marriage
“We have separated and have been for some time,” Foy and husband Stephen Campbell Moore said in joint statement. “We do however continue as great friends with the utmost respect for one another.”