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Erin Doherty Takes on the Crown
Written by Lowell Taylor
Erin Doherty has been acting for as long as she can remember, but her recent role as Princess Anne in the hit TV series The Crown is a dream come true. Not only did she admire the show prior to being cast in season 3, she also adores and respects the group of actors she’s currently working with. Cool America Magazine sat down with her to find out a little about her, and her new, exciting role.
How did you get into acting? Was it something you’ve always wanted to do?
I started acting when I was four, me and my sister went to a weekend group. So, it’s always felt like a part of me, but it wasn’t until my secondary school drama teacher took a bunch of us to perform in the Mostar Youth Theatre Festival in Bosnia that I made a conscious decision to pursue acting as a career. On the plane home, it was genuinely like one of those lightbulb moments where I suddenly knew there was nothing else that mattered.
It was insanely surreal, purely because I was such a huge fan of the show. I think in terms of the transitioning cast, I actually had an easier time than Olivia/Helena/Tobias because I was in a position to create Anne from scratch. So, I approached it as I would any character. But the thought of working opposite Olivia still catches me off guard even now.
The show has won multiple awards. Did you feel like the critical acclaim added more pressure for you to deliver a strong performance when you joined the cast?
Absolutely. I knew this was a show that carried with it a devoted following and huge expectations, so that is quite a pressurized situation to find yourself in. But for me what was key in doing the work to the fullest was forgetting about all that. I just needed to think about Anne; and that’s what I bring myself back to any time I feel overwhelmed by it all.
The sets and costumes for The Crown are amazing! How much time do you typically spend in hair and make-up before shooting?
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