Why Emma Corrin Is Done With ‘Posh English’ Roles After Playing Princess Diana

Emma Corrin’s breakout role as Princess Diana in The Crown‘s fourth season has undoubtedly put her on the map. However, it turns out, she might be done with this type of “posh” role.

The actor made the revelation during a new interview with The Guardian after being asked whether she’ll watch her successor—Elizabeth Debicki—play the late Princess of Wales in Season 5. “Yes! I’m looking forward to it,” she said.

“Though I’m sad I only did one series, I always knew that was all I was signing on for, and I played [Princess Diana] from 16 to 28. I took her from girl to woman, and I loved that arc,” Corrin told the newspaper. “But I’m also quite pleased to move on.”

The young star went on to explain that the industry “loves to pigeonhole” actors, which Merriam-Webster defines as: “To unfairly think of or describe (someone or something) as belonging to a particular group, having only a particular skill, etc.”

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“The sooner I can move away from doing posh English, the better, even though that’s what I am,” she added.

Instead, Emma Corrin wants to do something completely different. “I want to do a gritty, independent film, maybe in Scotland or something,” she said. “I’ll have an outrageous accent, and flowing red hair.”

Though Corrin wouldn’t confirm what she’s working on next, she did say that she’s interested in writing and producing her own roles—like Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon do.

“I met a producer at a festival last year, and she said: you will find as you get older that there might not be parts; there aren’t always roles for women out there that are any good,” she explained. “I do whatever I can to resist changing anything about myself for the satisfaction of other people.”

If Corrin’s work ethic is anything like how she prepared for her role as Princess Diana, she’ll succeed at anything. Last year, she told Glamour she watch documentary Diana: In Her Own Words on repeat to research the part and perfect the royal’s accent.

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