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
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
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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.