Variety: Actors on Actors: Elizabeth Debicki and Emma Corrin



For both Emma Corrin and Elizabeth Debicki, the road to “The Crown” began with failed auditions. Each performer was up for a guest part in the Netflix series’ early seasons; both ended up playing Princess Diana at different ages. Corrin was Emmy-nominated for portraying the newly wed and then increasingly disillusioned princess in Season 4. Debicki, previously a nominee for Season 5, which centered on Diana’s divorce from Prince Charles, is eligible for a nomination this year for the show’s final season, in which Diana tragically dies in Paris. Corrin has springboarded off their “Crown” success into further risky and intriguing roles — this season playing the enigmatic and dogged sleuth Darby Hart on FX’s snowbound mystery “A Murder at the End of the World,” created by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij.

EMMA CORRIN: We had a similar thing where you auditioned for a smaller role before.

ELIZABETH DEBICKI: Yeah.

CORRIN: For Season 1 or 2?

DEBICKI: 2.

CORRIN: Mad. And then they called you back. What was the role you went in for?

DEBICKI: I’ve never told anyone what the role is because the person who did it was so brilliant.

CORRIN: Was it a big role?

DEBICKI: You know how in “The Crown,” there are cameos that pop up and the whole episode becomes about that person that might only appear for one or two?

CORRIN: Mm-hmm.

DEBICKI: So, in that sense, it was a big role. But I was almost completely physically wrong for it.

CORRIN: Love an audition like that.

DEBICKI: Love that. You feel very prepared. Here’s my takeaway from the fact that we both have this story: Maybe we’re better at acting when we’re not trying. I went to do this audition because Season 1 had just aired and it was huge. Do you remember?

CORRIN: I remember where I was when I first watched it. I was in my second year of uni in my tiny single bed in an attic somewhere. Cross-legged on my bed.

DEBICKI: With your little dinner on your lap?

CORRIN: My little pot noodles. Being like, “Whoa, this is cool!” I hadn’t seen anything like it before. Peter Morgan smashed it.

DEBICKI: It was so lush. To be frank, the amount of money that was on the screen was extraordinary. It was sort of at the dawn of television becoming this Golden Age — especially Netflix. I don’t know when “House of Cards” came out — my 20s are a blur. But I went in for the Season 2 part, and I got an email a few days later from my agent saying, “Not that part, but we are thinking …”

CORRIN: And they explicitly said it? That’s wild.

DEBICKI: I guess they must have felt something Diana in it, which is hilarious because I wasn’t playing an English person even. The funny thing is, for five or six years, I continued to watch “The Crown” religiously, and I would think, “I wonder if that’s ever going to come around.” And when you were cast, I thought, “Well, it was a nice dream.”

CORRIN: Oh no.

DEBICKI: And I thought, “Well, you’re perfect. Who is this creature?” I sort of gave up the thing when you appeared.

CORRIN: I went in for a chambermaid — a real “Tree No. 2” kind of role. The queen’s chambermaid — is that what it’s called?

DEBICKI: Lady-in-waiting.

CORRIN: That one. I went in for that and never heard anything.

DEBICKI: What was the line?

CORRIN: Something like, “Yes, ma’am.” Curtsy.

DEBICKI: I can’t imagine you just went in for Tree No. 2.

CORRIN: No, genuinely. And then I got asked to read with the Camillas.

DEBICKI: Once you had the part, how much time did you have to prepare?

CORRIN: I want to say six months. And I read that you did a similar thing, which is to ask for all the research. You’ve got all the binders. I loved it.

DEBICKI: It just landed in this big box outside my flat. The one thing that struck me about “The Crown” was the machinery to help you prepare was so extensive and available. Should you wish to click on any of these boxes, these things were just there for you. That, for me, was — after doing many other jobs — something I’d never seen before.

CORRIN: Did you feel overwhelmed by it?

DEBICKI: It was a double-edged sword. Because I love to just dive straight in. If I do something that’s historic, I’ll find any reason to do immense amounts of research. But this was particularly overwhelming.

CORRIN: With her, it’s bottomless. At some point, I was like, “I’ve got to stop, because there’s too much.”

DEBICKI: I’m curious about at what point you decided to throw it out. For me, I was trying to carry around so much information. And it was important, because at one point during, I’m sure, a mild nervous-panic-attack-breakdown thing, I decided that what would stick would stick, and it would have to do. Because there was no way of accumulating everything I felt I needed to. And I was doing more than I’d ever done because I felt that I owed —

CORRIN: You want to do it justice.
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The Hollywood Reporter: Emma Corrin on Journey to Coming Out as Nonbinary, Thoughts on Gendered Awards Categories

On The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast, the actor shared their thoughts on gendered awards categories, including how it felt to be nominated in a “performer category” at the Spirit Awards: “You feel seen.”

A Murder at the End of the World star Emma Corrin is opening up about their coming out journey and their thoughts on gendered award categories.

The 28-year-old actor, who recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, came out as nonbinary and queer in 2021. At the time, Corrin asked to be referred to with she/they pronouns before later announcing they exclusively use they/them pronouns in 2022.

That same month, it was announced that they would be starring in a West End adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s 1928 novel Orlando, which explores gender identity. Halfway through the story, the titular character, played by Corrin in the West End adaptation, identifies as a woman, having spent the first half of the story identifying as a man.

“It’s so beautifully done because it’s never explained, nor seemed to need any justification,” Corrin said of Orlando’s gender identity journey in the story. “As it shouldn’t,” they added.

When asked if the actor felt that the art they were engaging with fueled their real-life decision to change their pronouns to they/them on Instagram, Corrin remarked that it was “so funny” because they “didn’t know that that was around the same time.”

“I think you can’t separate those things,” they said. “I think that, undoubtedly, as my identity journey was progressing, the art I was doing was providing a lot of questions that I wanted answers for in terms of how I saw myself and also providing a lot of those answers.”

The actor later added that they felt like Orlando was a gift for where they were in their own identity journey. “It’s almost like an exercise that a therapist would give you,” Corrin said of the experience.

Corrin also weighed in on the subject of gendered awards categories. The actor is currently being promoted in the best actress in a limited series category for their work in A Murder at the End of the World, noting they feel it’s “undoubtable that there is more work to do.”

On the other hand, Corrin feels that some award shows have made strides in the right direction. “It felt really affirming to be at the Independent Spirit Awards and to be nominated in a performer category,” the actor said.

The awards show has done away with gendered categories instead opting to nominate actors of any gender in either a “best lead performance” and “best supporting performance” category. “It was amazing,” Corrin said. “You feel seen.” Corrin recognizes that there are “kinks to be worked out” but believes the best way forward is to include nonbinary voices in the discussion.

In terms of their awards eligibility, Corrin lamented that if they were to be nominated in the best actress category, the visibility would be the most important thing. They noted that the “worst case scenario” of the gendered awards categories conversation would be that nonbinary performers were altogether excluded.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Deadline: ‘Deadpool 3’: Emma Corrin Lands Lead Role In Marvel Studios Sequel

EXCLUSIVE: Following the news that Hugh Jackman would be reprising his Wolverine role in Marvel Studios’ Deadpool 3, Ryan Reynolds looks to have found his next co-star. Sources tell Deadline that breakout The Crown star Emma Corrin has joined the cast. Details behind the character are unknown other than they will play the villain.

Shawn Levy is on board to direct with Paul Wernick & Rhett Reese returning to pen the script. Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin penned a previous draft. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will join Reynolds and Levy as producers.

This will mark the first Deadpool film in which Marvel Studios will work hand in hand with Reynolds and Team Deadpool. Feige’s involvement comes after he helped revamp the Spider-Man franchise when he came on to help in the creative effort for that Sony series.

Marvel has had its eye on Corrin going all the way back to the holidays, but working out what has become a busy schedule for the Emmy nominee had to be overcome before they could fully commit. Arrangements were settled during the past week, and Corrin is on board.

Corrin is best known for the role of Lady Diana Spencer in Season 4 of the Netflix’s The Crown, earning Golden Globe and Critics Choice awards as well SAG and Emmy nominations. Even though they would not appear in the most recent season, Corrin was hard to miss in 2022, with the Amazon drama My Policeman premiering at the Toronto Film Festival and the Netflix-Sony co-production of Lady Chatterley’s Lover bowing at Telluride.

Corrin can be seen onstage at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End starring in Orlando, Neil Bartlett’s new adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s modern masterpiece and directed by Michael Grandage. They also recently signed on to the A-list ensemble of Robert Eggers’ Nosferatu, which also stars Lily Rose-Depp, Bill Skarsgard and Nicholas Hoult.

Corrin also recently wrapped production on the FX limited series Retreat.

Source: Deadline

IndieWire: Emma Corrin Was Shocked by How Much ‘Hate’ They Received Coming Out as Non-Binary

The “Crown” Emmy nominee recently landed a villain role in Marvel Studios’ “Deadpool 3.”

Emma Corrin’s coming-out in 2021 was not without its stumbles.

The actor, who uses they/them pronouns, was recently featured in Vanity Fair’s Hollywood issue alongside other up-and-coming generational talents. In the interview, Corrin discussed how the process of coming out as non-binary in spring 2021 led to difficult revelations about being an openly queer person in Hollywood.

At the time, Corrin publicly changed their pronouns and spoke about wearing a chest binder, but they told Vanity Fair that they didn’t notify their team the announcement was coming.

“I might have [messaged them] over WhatsApp and just said, ‘I’m going to post this,’” Corrin said. “I don’t think there was any big discussion about it.”

However, Corrin said, “Naively, maybe, it took me aback how much hate I got for that. It was quite a reality check. But for a lot of people, it did help. Especially around conversation of gender and stuff, it does help a lot of people to see someone living as a nonbinary person in the world. I know how much other people’s accounts helped me, that’s my motivation for keeping my social media at the moment.”

Corrin also spoke about playing feminine roles like Princess Diana on “The Crown,” which earned them an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy nomination in 2021, and more recently leading “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” also on Netflix. They said they’re certainly open to playing male roles in the future. Corrin was most recently cast as a villain in Marvel Studios’ “Deadpool 3” opposite Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman.

“There aren’t a lot of nonbinary parts out there,” Corrin said. “My experience on this earth has been a female one, up until recently, and I still love all those parts of me. It’s interesting that I’m not offered male parts, but I would equally be drawn to that! I suppose it’s also what the industry sees you as, and I think, hopefully, that is shifting… I would love to play nonbinary, new parts, male parts. Anything, as long as it’s right.”

Corrin’s remarks come at a time both challenging and liberating for queer storytelling and performers in the film and TV space. In a recent GQ UK interview, “The Last of Us” star Bella Ramsey, who came out as non-binary in January, spoke out on vitriolic reactions to the HBO series’ LGBTQ storylines and characters: “I know people will think what they want to think. But they’re gonna have to get used to it. If you don’t want to watch the show because it has gay storylines, because it has a trans character, that’s on you, and you’re missing out.”

Source: IndieWire

BBC: Emma Corrin: The Crown star calls for gender neutral awards

The Crown star Emma Corrin has called for the best actor and best actress categories at major film awards to be merged into a single, gender-free one.

“I hope for a future in which that happens,” Corrin told BBC News.

The star, who identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns, added: “I don’t think the categories are inclusive enough at the moment.”

The organisations behind the Baftas and Oscars have indicated they are engaged in discussions about the subject.

“It’s about everyone being able to feel acknowledged and represented,” Corrin said.

The 26-year-old previously won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Emmy for their performance as Princess Diana in series four of The Crown – but that was at a time when Corrin was still accepting she/her pronouns.

They are starring in two high profile films this year – My Policeman and Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

“It’s difficult for me at the moment trying to justify in my head being non-binary and being nominated in female categories,” Corrin said.

Reflecting on the fact that they largely play female roles, Corrin wondered: “When it comes to categories, do we need to make it specific as to whether you’re being nominated for a female role or a male role?

“You can discuss awards and the representation there, but really the conversation needs to be about having more representation in the material itself, in the content that we are seeing for non-binary people, for queer people, for trans people, because then I think that will change a lot.

“When those parts come up, meaning more people and more actors are playing those roles then I think there will be more of an urgency with which these questions will be addressed.”

A Bafta spokesperson said the organisation was “engaged in proactive and thoughtful consultation on this subject”. The organisation behind the Oscars, the Academy, is also believed to be conducting research and holding discussions on the issue.

Debate about gender-free categories is gathering steam, with the music industry leading the way. The Grammys went gender-neutral in 2012, while the Brit Awards merged their male and female solo categories into an artist of the year category this year.

Chart-topper Adele went home with the first trophy. However, in her acceptance speech, she said: “I understand why the name of this award has changed, but I really love being a woman and being a female artist. I do. I’m really proud of us.”

This is a more complicated debate than it looks. While gender-neutral categories are seen by some as socially progressive, they could have unintended consequences and there are several factors to consider.

Firstly, this decision could actually result in less equality in the long term. The Oscars currently guarantee two male and two female acting winners every year, but a merger could mean it skews one way or the other over time.

Take the most recent winners as an example. It is unlikely Jessica Chastain would have beaten Will Smith if they had been competing in one overarching category.

That is partly because this year’s best actress race was wide open, whereas Smith was considered a dead-cert in his category.

But it’s also because the best picture category tends to have more overlap with best actor than best actress. Chastain’s film wasn’t even nominated for the top prize, unlike Smith’s. As a result, women could have a higher hill to climb to score a win.

In the long-term, it’s not hard to imagine the outrage if a decision like this led to a repeated loss of recognition for worthy winners, particularly women.

That’s not the only obstacle. The Academy is made up of thousands of members, many of whom have been around for decades and are keen to protect the traditions of the Oscars. Getting some of them on side could be difficult.

The feelings of other actors should also be taken into account. If gender-neutral categories were implemented at the Oscars, that would halve the number of acting awards from four to two, permanently reducing an actor’s chances of winning an Oscar during their lifetime by 50%.

While many Hollywood stars consider themselves progressive, they also have rather large egos and will not be enthusiastic about the prospect of forgoing trophies (and the career boost that comes with them).

It’s worth noting the existing model does not discriminate against trans actors – Elliot Page and Laverne Cox could both be nominated in the current gendered categories – however it does leave non-binary stars without a home.

But how should this be addressed? Creating a new, separate category for them wouldn’t be realistic as there would not be enough nominees. Another proposed solution where actors submit for the gender of the character they are playing would only be a short-term fix, until non-binary characters become more common in films.
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So far, only a few film awards have eliminated gender-specific acting categories, but in August, the Independent Spirit Awards, which honour filmmakers outside the major studios, became one of the most high-profile awards groups to ditch separate best actor and best actress categories and combine them into one prize, with 10 nominations.

The move followed similar steps by the British Independent Film Awards,the Gotham Awards, and the Berlin Film Festival.

Corrin’s comments come as they prepare to take to the stage in an adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando, which was published in 1928 and explores gender identity.

Orlando begins life as a young man in the 16th Century, who travels through time and gender to become a woman in the 20th Century, having affairs and heartbreaks along the way.

“On a very personal level, I really relate to the journey of gender and the celebration of fluidity,” Corrin said.

They have become something of a pin-up for non-binary identity, sharing their gender journey on social media. Last year they also posted pictures of themselves wearing a chest binder.

Corrin said they decided to share their story publicly because “it was a journey that was at the very centre of who I am, who I was when I started talking about it”.

“Your gender identity is so much to do with how you feel and it ties into so much of how you want to be seen or are seen by people and that can be very triggering or can make you uncomfortable if you don’t feel you are being seen honestly or correctly.

“I think that it was necessary for me to be open and honest about it because otherwise I would have felt I was being perceived wrongly.”

They believe “visibility and representation” is key to the “necessary and urgent” discussions around gender in society at the moment.

“I know how much I’ve been helped by people in the public [eye] who have been open and generous with their journeys and how much it’s helped me feel comforted and acknowledged and like I am on the right path.

“And I think that if I could help in any way by being open, then that would be good.”

They said they did not worry that being so up front would limit the kind of roles they got offered in the future.

“I would never sacrifice integrity or honesty because of work that I may or may not get. My being non-binary is not a rejection of femininity or my femininity in any way. It’s sort of an embrace of that.

“I still want to play women, my experience on this earth has been a female one – and now it’s sort of a very fluid one.”

Orlando is at the Garrick Theatre from 26 November to 25 February 2023.

Source: BBC

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