The Crown's Elizabeth Debicki Reveals How Her Memory of Diana's Death Influenced Her Performance
2024/03/05

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Elizabeth Debicki, known for her portrayal of Princess Diana in Seasons 5 and 6 of Netflix's The Crown, recently revealed how her memories of the Princess' death influenced her performance on the show. As a nine-year-old in Australia at the time of Diana's tragic passing in a Paris car crash in 1997, Debicki vividly recalled her mother's emotional reaction to the news. She recounted sitting on their living room floor as her mother wept while watching the funeral procession. This childhood memory of Diana's death stayed with her as she depicted the Princess' final days on screen.

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In an interview with Deadline at The Crown's sixth season premiere, Debicki shared, "I remember my mother's reaction very, very strongly; I remember sitting on the floor of our living room, and my mother was watching the funeral procession, and she was weeping." She emphasized that understanding the impact Diana had, even on a woman in Australia's suburbs like her mother, deeply informed her approach to the role. Debicki acknowledged conducting extensive research to embody the iconic figure.

The upcoming season of The Crown will delve into the events leading up to Diana's tragic demise, with episodes also exploring the aftermath of her death. Creator Peter Morgan clarified that the depiction of Diana as a "ghost" in these scenes was not intended to be supernatural but rather a way to represent how loved ones struggle with grief. Debicki praised Morgan's approach, describing it as a poignant and realistic portrayal of loss. The Crown's sixth season is set to premiere on November 16, 2023, on Netflix.

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