BAT­TLE ROYALE

Hail­ing from the 16th and 19th cen­turies,two of his­tory’s most pow­er­ful fe­males face off in aTV show­down thisweek.They tell uswhat’s inn store

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FJODIE COMER AS PRINCESS ELIZABETH

TheWhiteQueenol­lowingof 2013 mini-se­riesin the foot­step­sand based on the best­selling novel by Philippa Gre­gory, TheWhitePrincess ex­plores the life of Elizabeth of York. Its star Jodie Comer, 24, re­veals what it’s been like tak­ing on the re­gal role. What can peo­ple ex­pect from this new se­ries? One of the most ex­cit­ing things about do­ing this show is it’s told from the per­spec­tive of women, which is so spe­cial, es­pe­cially in a time when women were ex­pected to take a back­seat. In his­tory, we of­ten see a false rep­re­sen­ta­tion of

women.the their be­lieve What’sthoseThe suc­ces­sors,clothe­sown beau­ti­fulto it The like merit,be make­men true. get­ting sup­pos­ed­ly­which cos­tumes?are you al­ways­standto I don’t wearof dif­fer­ently,and have theto have­way changeyou stamina walk. your– But it’s pos­tureyou two hours There werein hair out-take­sand make-up.of me trip­ping over my skirts! But when you see the fi­nal prod­uct, it’s What’sso lovely. been the cra­zi­est thing about land­ing the lead? I was in the air­port and they had all the books with my face on sub­tle them. pic­tureI was and try­ingI thought,to get a “If some­one sees me, they’re going to be like, ‘You’re such a nar­cis­sist – get a grip.’” What’s one cool thing you dis­cov­ered while work­ing on this project? We learnt so many fas­ci­nat­ing historic facts. For example, when fe­male roy­alty had their por­traits painted, they would in­clude their hand­maids in the paint­ing as it showed wealth. An­other way to in­di­cate wealth was to push the hair­line back or add some weight.

JENNA COLE­MAN AS QUEEN VIC­TO­RIA

Kick­ing off a month af­ter the last sea­son fi­nale, Vic­to­ria is at it again – all 1.5 me­tres of her! Ac­tress Jenna Cole­man, 31, gives us the royal run­down of what to ex­pect from the pe­tite queen.

How will we see Vic­to­ria cope with motherhood this sea­son?

Vic­to­ria feels im­pris­oned by it af­ter only just find­ing her in­de­pen­dence. It’s some­thing I have never seen on screen be­fore and a re­ally in­ter­est­ing route to go down – a woman who adores her hus­band but also loves her job and doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily want to be preg­nant. There’s a mis­con­cep­tion that she wasn’t very ten­der and moth­erly to­wards her chil­dren, but it was just that be­ing preg­nant was a great mis­ery for her and some­thing she re­sented deeply.

What was the big­gest chal­lenge you faced while shoot­ing?

The hard­est thing was learn­ing how to do a scene with three chil­dren! I’ve not de­vel­oped that multi-task­ing func­tion yet – maybe it comes with motherhood. We move through time so fast this se­ries, so we filmed with lots of dif­fer­ent chil­dren. It was hi­lar­i­ous film­ing scenes in the nurs­ery be­cause we have the en­tire crew along­side us try­ing to find games to play with the chil­dren so we can film scenes!

What’s it been like por­tray­ing Vic­to­ria and Prince Al­bert’s pas­sion­ate re­la­tion­ship on screen with your real-life part­ner Tom Hughes?

Ar­gu­ment scenes are re­ally, re­ally hard. It’s prob­a­bly one of the most chal­leng­ing things be­cause some­thing that’s so fiery needs to be spon­ta­neous, so you have to shoot re­ally quickly. And you want to get them right, you know, be­cause they are very fa­mous for it – it’s part of them.

Gift of the garb: Don­ning the royal wardrobe helps Jodie chan­nel Elizabeth.

Real-life cou­ple Jenna and Tom as Vic­to­ria and Al­bert.

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