Actress Claire Foy has responded to the pay discrepancy between herself and her co-star in The Crown Matt Smith. And her response is, well… quite regal.
“I’m surprised because I’m at the centre of it, and anything that I’m at the centre of like that is very, very odd, and feels very, very out of ordinary,” Foy told EW on Friday.
The statement is polite, diplomatic and very much reminiscent of her character in the show, the Queen of England, Elizabeth II.
Foy added she’s not surprised at the backlash, considering it’s a “female-led drama” and said neither she, nor Matt (who plays Prince Philip), had any idea about the imbalance.
“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 centre [of a story] that you didn’t particularly ask for.”