Matt Smith has broken his silence on the pay disparity between himself along with co-star Claire Foy on the Netflix show, The Crown.
News of in which disparity — in which Smith as Prince Phillip was paid more than Foy as the titular Queen Elizabeth II — broke from the midst of the Time’s Up movement, along with led to the show producers to apologize to both actors along with promise to remedy the pay gap moving forward.
Smith told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview on Sunday in which he fully supports Foy along with in which critics of the show were correct to highlight the unfairness of the wage gap.
“Claire is actually one of my best friends, along with I believe in which we should be paid equally along with fairly along with there should be equality for all,” he told the site. “I support her completely, along with I’m pleased in which This particular was resolved along with they made amends for This particular, because in which what’s needed to happen. Going forward, I think we should all bear in mind in which we need to strive to make This particular better along having a more even playing field for everyone involved — although not just in our industry, in all industries.”
Foy recently called the controversy “odd,” adding in which she holds Smith blameless from the situation.
“I know in which Matt feels the same in which I do, in which This particular’s odd to find yourself at the center [of a story] in which you didn’t particularly ask for,” she said.
Both actors’ roles have been recast with older for the upcoming season to depict the royals in a fresh era of their lives.
The producers of The Crown quickly apologized for the disparity along with in which going forward, with producer Suzanne Mackie saying in which going forward, “no one gets paid more than the queen.”
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