'The Crown's Emma Corrin says being cast as Princess Diana felt like a 'marriage proposal'

Emma Corrin
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Emma Corrin isn’t married, but she’s already had a special marriage proposal.

Corrin opened up about being cast in the role of Princess Diana in the most recent issue of People magazine.

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"They were doing some pickups for season 3 and they had asked me to come to set where they were filming to do a chemistry read with Josh [O'Connor, who played Prince Charles]," she told the magazine.

"I remember we did the scene a couple of times and then Ben [Caron, the director] turned to Suzanne [Mackie, the producer] and was like, 'Can I do it now?' And he sort of got down and was like, 'Will you be Diana?'” she recounted.

She added: “It felt kind of like a marriage proposal."

The rest is history as Corrin made her onscreen debut in season 4.

The first thing the 25-year-old did after being cast in the breakout role was research everything there is to know about the Princess of Wales.

"To start with there was a lot of reading, and watching and that kind of thing," she explained.

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However, she soon “reached a bit of a brick wall with it,” so she turned to choreographer Polly Bennett to figure Diane out “inside out.”

“So taking our story, the scripts, and figuring out her arc over the series and what she'd be feeling at this moment, and then why she would do that,” she explained.

Corrin’s hard work was recognized not only by audiences, who felt she was the perfect choice for the role, but also by critics.

She earned a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and took home the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series Drama.

Corrin said that even some of the late Princess Diana’s friends applauded her portrayal.

“It was really wonderful to sort of hear how much it had meant to them," Corrin revealed.

Throughout it all, she expressed gratitude for O’Connor.

"He is just the best friend I could have wished for. Just constantly had my back. And we have a very similar sense of humor, and that kind of thing. I think our lives have changed in quite similar ways, but we have similar philosophies on that kind of thing, which is really, really helpful. I feel very, very grateful to have had him by my side and to have him by my side now,” she noted.

Corrin has since passed the mantle on to Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki, who will portray Diana in the final two seasons of the Netflix drama. It will focus on the deteriorating relationship between royal couple Charles and Diana through the early 1990s and tackle her tragic death in 1997.

The fifth season, which will consist of 10 episodes, is eyeing a 2022 release date.

The sixth season is set to focus on the palace’s recovery following the death all the way through Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee triumph of 2002.

Dominic West, best known for his work on “The Affair,” will replace O’Connor as Diana’s estranged husband Prince Charles in the final two seasons.

Imelda Staunon, who starred as Dolores Umbridge in the “Harry Potter” films, will embrace the role of Queen Elizabeth, which was previously brought to life by Olivia Colman.

“Game of Thrones” actor, Jonathan Pryce, will take Tobias Menzies’s place and the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip.

Lesley Manville will swap out Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret.

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