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What’s it like to star in Victoria? The cast answer questions about season 3

What's it like to star in Victoria? The cast answer questions about season 3

In collection three of “Victoria,” critically acclaimed actress Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes reprise their roles as the Queen and Prince Albert.

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Joining the leads, Laurence Fox plays charismatic and wayward Overseas Secretary Lord Palmerston, Lily Travers performs the Duchess of Monmouth, and Kate Fleetwood takes the position of Victoria’s sister Feodora, who makes an sudden return into the Queen’s life.

Starting in 1848, the third installment of the lavish drama depicts a turbulent and unsure time for each Europe and the monarchy. With revolutions on the continent and the Chartist movement reaching its peak in London, Victoria is underneath strain from the federal government to go away London for her personal security. Intense, proper?

Viewers need to know: what’s it wish to play these characters? To be on set? To feel a part of the Victorian era?

Under, the celebs of the hit historical drama reply questions concerning the newest season, assist us higher perceive their characters, and give us a glimpse of what it’s wish to star in “Victoria.”

 

Jenna Coleman on Victoria

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What is it wish to work with so many youngsters?

Jenna Coleman: “It is a form of completely superb and utterly chaotic mayhem. You simply need to call motion and see what happens. Youngsters really do say the funniest things and it is the unpredictability on set which is hilarious, particularly if you throw in a couple of canine, horses and a couple of politicians. I can’t think about the palace not inhabited by hoards of youngsters.”

What was one if the challenges of filming this season of the British interval drama?

Jenna Coleman: “In a scene this collection, Queen Victoria takes a dip within the water while sporting her bathing go well with, which is quite a bit like pyjamas which are made out of hemp. It was completely freezing and unfortunately we needed to film this twice because the weather was so awful. The Queen is supposed to be taking a leisurely dip however the waves have been making it appear treacherous.”

And may you share one of many high factors?

Jenna Coleman: “Exploring Osborne House in between filming was a highlight for me. Greater than anyplace else, Osborne Home was their familial residence and nobody has lived there since, so all the decorations you see have been designed by Albert and their double desks are still sat together with the photographs on them. Victoria’s bed room where she stored Albert’s image and pocket watch next to her bed is there to see, along with their piano stools that are nonetheless sat next to one another as we speak. Greater than anything, I felt like I acquired such a robust sense of their life.”

Within the third season, we meet Feodora (Kate Fleetwood), Queen Victoria’s half-sister and a masterful schemer. Why is their relationship so tough?

Jenna Coleman: “There’s numerous unstated resentment and history between these two – Victoria resents Feodora for leaving her when she went off and received married, Feodora resents Victoria for having the eye and focus as a result of she was the inheritor. It is a really troublesome relationship. Additionally they have a shared experience at Kensington which bonds them so there is a constant push and pull of affection and resentment between them. They haven’t seen each other for years and instinctively Victoria doesn’t belief Feodora.”

Why do you having fun with enjoying Queen Victoria?

Jenna Coleman: “I really like her lack of filter, her frankness and honesty. I really like the fact that if she likes somebody she is incredibly loyal and if she doesn’t, she is going to let that individual know. When it comes to enjoying her, when she is in a nasty mood or is drained, she could be very reactionary and temperate so she has all the time been recognized and written about as having tempers. They used to write down about her having a ‘flamable’, which I really like. Victoria didn’t need to reply to anyone and so might actually get indignant within her own home. She would feel mortified after having one in every of these ‘combustibles’ and would cry and apologise to Albert however she ping pongs by way of feelings quickly. As she will get older, she becomes even less controlled so it’s fun to age together with her.”



Tom Hughes on Victoria

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Why is Prince Albert so at odds with Lord Palmerston?

Tom Hughes: “Lord Palmerston is every little thing Albert doesn’t respect. Albert believes Palmerston is going to undermine every little thing he is making an attempt to construct and goes towards all the things he’s seeing. Albert has read the Marxist manifesto, he has spoken at Chartist rallies and he very much understands the shifting sands of the economic revolution and the necessity for change. The status quo couldn’t proceed and he understood the unrest and the place it was coming from, so when Palmerston says otherwise he finds it morally corrupt. Wrap that up in a recalcitrant vagabond, Albert isn’t exactly going to be drawn to him. Laurence performs him effortlessly and never as a result of he’s that man in real life – he is an clever and delicate man, and we get on rather well.”

Conversely, Prince Albert appears to genuinely like Feodara initially of the brand new season.

Tom Hughes: “Whilst Palmerston appears to be every thing Albert doesn’t like, truly the Queen’s half-sister, Feodora, is. She performs him brilliantly, preying on a weak spot she might not even realise he has. She becomes every part Albert is lacking, Victoria and him are distant and when the invisible string between them is fraying, he needs that feminine determine in his life as there is a void and Feodora sweeps in and fills that. She seems to be rational and objective and the whole lot is a tune he dances to however come the top of the collection, there’s a begrudging respect for Palmerston as Albert realises that he has sacrificed himself to a certain degree for what he believes by which is what Albert values above every part else and Feodora is the precise reverse, sacrificing everyone else for what she needs.”

Are you able to share a memory of a very good day on set this season?

“We went to Palm House in Liverpool to film the exteriors for The Nice Exhibition and filmed in the midst of Sefton park this big inexperienced house which creates the façade. I went to youth theatre in Liverpool so going again there was fairly particular for me. That was one second where I might really get some reflection as a result of we have been staying in a lodge on the identical street as my youth theatre so it was very a lot going again to previous territory. Also I managed to get a few of my family in as extras. My mum and pop and 12 of my pals are all in The Nice Exhibition. They’re individuals I’ve recognized since I was 10 or 11. It was a day I wasn’t in so I could possibly be there and watch and provides notes.”



Laurence Fox on Victoria

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Was it the prospect of an excellent swagger that drew Laurence Fox to the position of dashing Lord Palmerston in the forthcoming collection of Victoria?

Laurence Fox: “I definitely inserted swagger in good doses! It’s a position through which I might push the bounds, and the entire reverse of my character Detective Inspector Hathaway in Lewis. Lord Pam, as he was referred to as by the individuals, is a gregarious, outgoing, wind-up merchant; shiny, roguish and erudite. The whole lot you need in a task. Coincidentally, my dad (the actor James Fox) has played him as properly. It was a lot fun. Obviously nobody knows exactly what he was like because he’s long since lifeless and nobody is alive who knew him, nevertheless it was a joy to play him. He’s a deliberately provocative individual and he’s naughty in order that was fun because it taps into my very own nature.”

What do you want about being immersed within the Victorian period?

Laurence Fox: “I really like the superbly tailored garments and hairstyles, and I obtained a pleasant cane which made me look somewhat bit like Willy Wonka. It’s so necessary to feel like you’re in the correct period and so the costumes are actually helpful with attaining that. The costume designer for Victoria (Ros Ebbutt) is sensible and really detailed and took it very critically.”



Kate Fleetwood on Victoria

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What’s something you want about enjoying Feodora?

Kate Fleetwood: “I actually take pleasure in working with the voice and accent and a special vernacular – I find that is among the elements of my job I really like probably the most. The accent, for me, is a approach into the character, so hopefully it’s plausible as I really take pleasure in utilizing that layer and part of the skillset you’ve got as an actor. With Feodora, her accent helps to characterize her emotional dislocation from her family. I discovered that fascinating, utilizing her language – English isn’t her first language, she will use that to her profit as in she may be tactless and raise an eyebrow, passing things off as just a misunderstanding or simply simply the best way she speaks.”

How do you see Feodora’s relationships with Prince Albert and Lord Palmerston?

Kate Fleetwood: “Feodora’s relationship with Palmerston could be very playful. She has met her match and enjoys sparring with him, but in addition realises that it’s best to keep him as an ally. They work on the identical parameters of manipulation and luxuriate in being somewhat reckless and pushing the boundaries. They both enjoy being provocative, and luxuriate in one another’s firm because of that. With Albert, she is manipulating him and it seems self-serving however while she is getting between Albert and Victoria, the reason being because she needs to be needed by them both. She needs to be indispensable to each of them, on the similar time but for different causes. She is making an attempt to make herself indispensable but the result of that is that she is completely two-faced.”



Lily Travers on Victoria

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Inform us about your character, Sophie Monmouth, and where the thought for her initiated.

“Sophie is the new Mistress of the Robes, which was a position in the royal household – she was chargeable for serving to the Queen with trend, clothing and jewellery. She had a job to carry out which, in Victorian occasions for a lady – particularly a lady of the higher courses – was distinctive. Her position is admittedly essential to her as it provides her a sense of autonomy and obligation outdoors of the marital residence and her husband, who’s fairly awful.”

Is Sophie based mostly on a real individual?

“My character and what happens together with her is aligned to and impressed by Caroline Norton, who was an writer, which was uncommon for the time because she gave herself a job. She additionally labored on social reform as a result of she had an affair with Lord Melbourne and received divorced, which made her realise how powerless ladies have been on the time. That they had absolutely no rights and the whole lot they did have, even right down to their youngsters, was all handed over to the person. She petitioned Queen Victoria, writing her a letter making an attempt to assist married and divorced ladies achieve more rights. In a Victorian sense, Sophie is pretty feisty and rebellious, defying expectation and going towards the quid professional quo and on her personal, brave journey, which is sort of compelling.”

What’s it wish to be on set?

“The set of Buckingham Palace is mind-blowingly superb. You actually stroll into this metallic sq. field that was as soon as an plane hanger in the midst of nowhere, and you’re inside this lovely palace with chandeliers and candles in all places – the element is critically unimaginable. I additionally beloved capturing on the seashore. I feel that was a mixture of things – it was nice to be on the seashore however it was additionally a very pretty scene we have been capturing. It was a second the place Sophie might escape of all these constrictions and escape slightly bit so all the emotions surrounding that scene have been liberating and exciting and it was fairly actually a breath of recent air.”


The first three seasons of “Victoria” are AVAILABLE to STREAM.

Should you loved this Q&A, you could need to go behind the scenes of Season 3 with Deborah Gilbert, who writes for THIRTEEN, read full interviews with the forged of “Victoria” on the MASTERPIECE web site, and study extra concerning the Chartists. Thank you to “Victoria,” MASTERPIECE, ITV and the forged for this interview.


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