- Helena Bonham Carter said she doesn’t think ‘The Crown’ should continue.
- The actress told The Guardian in a new interview that the show has “crashed into the present.”
- Carter played Queen Elizabeth II’s sister Princess Margaret for two seasons on the Netflix series.
Helena Bonham Carter said she doesn’t think “The Crown” should continue because the series has “crashed into the present.”
The actress spoke to The Guardian’s Tim Lewis in an interview published Sunday about ageism in the entertainment industry, self-doubt, and her time on the hit Netflix show. Carter portrayed Queen Elizabeth II’s younger sister Princess Margaret in seasons three and four.
When asked if she thought “The Crown” creator Peter Morgan would have an easier time writing the show now that it’s catching up with current times, Carter said she thinks the show should stay in the past.
“I should be careful here too, but I don’t think they should carry on, actually,” she said. “I’m in it and I loved my episodes, but it’s very different now. When ‘The Crown’ started it was a historic drama, and now it’s crashed into the present. But that’s up to them.”
Carter also said she didn’t want to comment on Prince Harry’s bombshell memoir “Spare” because “it’s been given too much attention.” She instead spoke about getting into character to play Margaret, another backup to a royal heir.
“Well, actually, the real Margaret didn’t mind about being number two, but she did mind being really short. She was just 5 ft., so there was something in her posture to maximize every little millimeter: she had her car seat elevated so she could be seen,” she told The Guardian.
She continued: “And a lot of it was the need not to be overlooked, probably prompted by her great-grandmother saying something about the fact that she was tiny. And that scarred her. It’s funny what we carry – a complex that can govern all our behaviour.”
Carter said that even though she had complexes of her own, she learned to let go of certain issues as she aged.
“I’ve got so many issues, but as you get older you go: ‘Whatever.’ The curse of being young is you take your complex too seriously. Or you take your opinion of yourself too seriously,” she said. “As soon as you’re a bit older, you tell the demons to shut up because they’re boring.”