Elizabeth Debicki revealed that she would “stand over the kitchen sink and say, ‘I can’t do this'” after initially accepting the role of Diana, Princess of Wales in the upcoming series of The crown.
The 32-year-old Australian actress will play Diana in the fifth series of Netflix’s hit drama, which is set to arrive later this month.
Talk to British vogue about being freaked out about playing Diana, Debicki said: “I think at the very beginning it overwhelmed me, the idea of this kind of (Diana fan) collective there .
“It’s a trap, isn’t it?” A marshy quagmire.
“So I was standing over the kitchen sink and saying, ‘I can’t do this’.”
But after receiving the scripts, Debicki said she realized “It’s not meta. It’s characters.”
The Principle The actress stars alongside Dominic West as then-Prince Charles in the upcoming series, as the couple take over from Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor, who previously played the couple royal.
Reflect on filming in the now infamous ‘revenge dress’ – a black off-the-shoulder evening dress designed by Christina Stambolian, which was said to have been worn by Diana as a form of revenge after Charles, now King Charles, admitted the Adultery on TV – Debicki said she spent time thinking about the deeper meaning behind the dress.
“It was pressure! It’s an intricate dress,” she said.
“I let the fittings happen around me as I thought about what the dress meant.
“Why this dress? She’s had it for two or three years. It was super daring back then.”
Diana wore the silk dress, complete with a large pearl necklace and pearl earrings to a 1994 fundraising dinner hosted by vanity lounge magazine for the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington, London.
Debicki added: “She was clamoring for the space. The way she got out of that car, the brightness, the strength of her when the car door opened, she was so quick and so forward. C is an extraordinary thing to watch.
“To decide what you say about yourself through fashion… It was a currency. An incredibly powerful currency.”
Debicki also opened up about what she learned about Diana after taking on the role and revealed the “ultimate goal” she hopes to achieve with her portrayal.
She said: “I will say it’s a huge gift to hear what I learned about this person.
“In many ways, it’s a story of immense transformation – and triumph too.
“Audiences got to see her evolve into an incredibly strong woman, trying to control a narrative that was the most slippery thing ever.”
Adding, “I hope I’ve done something interesting for her. That’s the end goal.”
Source: Press Association