Clair Foy on reports of 'The Crown' makers promising her 'back pay': ''Not quite correct"
The reports had circulated after news of Foy getting paid significantly lesser than her co-star Matt Smith became a reason for uproar among her fans.
In the wake of #TimesUp movement and several other vivid activisms pertaining to the wage gap, eventually culminating to women getting equal pay, especially in Hollywood, Netflix's 'The Crown' decided to make some drastic promises to acknowledge that. It led to reports circulating about the show's lead star Claire Foy, will be receiving back pay to rectify the difference of pay between her and her co-star, Matt Smith. Sadly, those reports have now been proven to be utterly false.
Foy busted the reports saying, its 'not quite correct.'
Back in April, The Daily Mail reported that Foy was paid £200,000 (or about $250,000) in back pay from the show’s producers, and this happened after news of her getting paid significantly lesser than her co-star Matt Smith became a reason for uproar among her fans.
Foy, however, has revealed that there was no truth to the reported claims made by the showrunners to bridge the wage gap between her and Smith. In fact, in an interview with Al Arabiya, she cleared all confusion regarding the issue, saying neither she nor the show's producers have ever discussed the topic of back pay.
"That was what was reported that I was back-paid. I’ve never mentioned anything about it, and neither have the producers. The fact that that is ‘fact’ is — not quite correct," she said. "Yes, it’s Netflix, but it’s a British production company. It happened at the same time as it was coming out with a lot of other people that there was a lot of pay inequality across the board — in the music industry, in journalism, in every industry. It’s across the board that it became part of a bigger conversation, which is an odd place to find yourself in."
Yet, Foy believes it was all a massive learning experience for her. “I realized early on that me being quiet about it or me not thinking about it in any way, and not associating myself with it, would be harmful to me and also lots of other people. It’s taught me a lot, and I’m still learning about it. I have not come out the other side and know exactly what I’m talking about. I’m still learning as much as anybody else is,” Foy told the digital publication.
But not all is unfair in 'The Crown's kingdom, as despite Foy not being paid her due-back pay for her role as Queen Elizabeth on the show, Suzanne Mackie, one of the show's producers mentioned their commitment regarding paying the lead actress of the highly popular Netflix original fairly in the future. "Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen,” she said.
Sadly, Foy won't be back to reprise her iconic role, and Olivia Colman will be stepping in to fill the royal shoes this upcoming season onwards. In season three, Olivia Colman will take over the iconic role.