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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
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.”
Posted Saturday 2/17/18 at 1:46AM EST
The Crown's casting director: Picking actors for Seasons 3 and 4 is especially challenging
"Not only are we casting real-life characters,” says casting director Nina Gold, “but as we get closer to the present day, many of these people are very much alive. So we have to honor them by picking the right actor to play them—while making a link between the actors who played these characters in the first seasons.” For instance, Olivia Colman was picked to succeed Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II because they both have the ability to simultaneously convey a stoicism and emotional transparency. "They allow you to somehow see into them without really doing anything,” says Gold. “They each have such easy access to their humanity.”
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 1:34AM EST
Vanity Fair digitally removed James Franco from its Hollywood issue cover following sexual misconduct allegations
"We made a decision not to include James Franco on the Hollywood cover once we learned of the misconduct allegations against him," a Vanity Fair spokespesrson says of scrubbing The Deuce star from the Annie Leibovitz photo shoot.
Posted Friday 12/08/17 at 1:38PM EST
Matt Smith suggests Selena Gomez play Meghan Markle on The Crown
The Crown’s Claire Fox and Smith weighed in on Markle getting engaged to Prince Harry on Watch What Happens Live. “We love it that they’re getting married,” said Foy. “It’s amazing. She’s an actress, so that’s great.”
Posted Monday 10/30/17 at 8:01AM EDT
Adam Sandler criticized for repeatedly touching Claire Foy’s leg on The Graham Norton Show
The Crown star moved Sandler’s hand away from her knee on Friday’s episode of the BBC talk show.
Posted Thursday 10/26/17 at 10:17PM EDT
The Crown casts Olivia Colman to succeed Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II
The Broadchurch star will take over Foy's role, playing an older version of the Queen.
Posted Wednesday 9/06/17 at 11:14PM EDT
Claire Foy on playing Queen Elizabeth II: “I would hate the idea of her watching it”
“When you’re playing a real person, you never want to be ghoulish," the Crown star says. "I don’t want to pick apart a person. I want to invent someone. So I would hate for her to watch it and think I overdramatized anything."