Oh, Hell No... Netflix Paid Claire Foy, Queen Elizabeth On 'The Crown,' Less Than Her Co-Star, Matt Smith

Et tu, 'The Crown'?

Hmmm... Netflix Paid Claire Foy, Queen Elizabeth On 'The Crown,' Less Than Her Costar, Matt Smith
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You can go ahead and file this news under the "disappointed, but not surprised" folder.

During a panel discussion at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem, Suzanne Mackie, a producer of Netflix's The Crown, revealed Matt Smith was paid more than Claire Foy for the show's first two seasons.

For those of you who have yet to be touched by The Crown's light, Foy plays the deeply layered and all-too-human, Queen Elizabeth II. Smith plays her husband, Prince Philip. While both actors are masterful in their roles, The Crown is, without a doubt, Ms. Foy's show — or at least it was, since the entire cast is set to change in Season 3. So, you can understand why this news is rather discouraging.

Mackie chalked the pay discrepancy up to the actors' prominence prior to the show's first season. Smith, who'd done a stint as the Doctor on Doctor Who, was better known to international audiences than Foy, who was mainly recognizable in the U.K.

Okay, fine — I understand the rationale behind such a decision. But, at the very least, Foy and Smith's pay could've been leveled following Season 1, after Foy had proven she could single-handily carry the show. 

Though, rest assured, Olivia Colman (the actress tapped to play Elizabeth in the next two seasons), will be rightly compensated.

"Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen," added Mackie. Damn straight. 

And, just for a little perspective, Foy was reportedly making $40,000 per episode, though Smith's earning are unknown. 

Hollywood's blatant genderized pay gap is old, old, news, and yet, this particular pay discrepancy feels like a slap in the face. At its heart, The Crown is about a woman who struggles with — not for — power. It is her story and everyone else is a secondary character. Pay should've reflected as much.  

Give me a good historical drama, and I'm a happy girl. Helen Mirren stan.
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