LONDON: Claire Foy was ”deeply hurt” by ‘The Crown’ pay scandal.
The 34-year-old actress admits it was tough to hear she was being paid much less than her co-star Matt Smith but felt she had to speak out about it or she would be ”cheating herself and all the other women she knows”.
She said: ”I was deeply hurt by it, because I’d been working on that show for two years. I loved everybody on it. And then I realised, there’s been a big, fat, dirty secret that nobody’s ever talked about. But then there was also that thing [of being] an inadvertent spokesperson. Why did it have to be me? I could have said nothing. And I think everyone would have preferred that. But I thought, if I do that, I will be cheating myself and all the other women I know.”
And Claire feels the industry can get away with things like this because it is so competitive.
She added to NET-A-PORTER’s weekly digital magazine PorterEdi: ”You feel lucky to have a job. It’s so competitive. So, in that way, they rely on competitiveness and actors’ vulnerability to say, ‘They’ll accept it for 10 grand less.’