The Crown star Vanessa Kirby is featured in the June 2018 issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK.
Admiration for The Crown, the lavish Netflix drama series following the Queen throughout her reign, appears to be practically universal – and to go all the way to the top. ‘A friend of mine was at a party and didn’t know anyone, so he sidled up to this group who were talking about The Crown, Kirby confides. “One girl said, “Well, my granny watches it and really likes it.” It slowly dawned on him that the girl was Eugenie and her granny was the Queen… She bursts into laughter. ‘We’ve heard that Philip doesn’t watch it – he can’t be bothered.”
“Margaret has set a foundation for me. I feel such a responsibility to find those roles and also to make them. I want to see a messy, real, weird, brilliant, idiosyncratic woman…” Veering between kittenish coquetry, chilly grandeur and temper tantrums, Kirby’s Margaret is unquestionably monstrous; yet her sensitive interpretation means that we never lose sight of the damaged, disappointed young woman beneath. “Something internal hasn’t been resolved; she’s angry inside,” Kirby muses.
There is no doubting Kirby’s personal commitment to this laudable ambition. “This time is just so exciting, don’t you think?” she enthuses. “Every day I wake up more passionate… We have a responsibility to portray women on screen that we identify with. There are so many women’s stories that haven’t been told yet, and we have an opportunity to go and find them.” Princess Margaret, it is clear, is only the start.
The Crown is now streaming on Netflix.
Photography: Alexi Lubomirski / Styling: Miranda Almond / Hair: Perrine Rougemont / Makeup: Kay Montano