The Crown actress reveals the huge amount of pressure she feels to portray Princess Diana

royals 05/10/2020

Australian actress Emma Corrin has had a big role to fill.

She's playing the late Diana, Princess of Wales in the upcoming season of The Crown, out on November 15.

Speaking to The Sunday Times, Emma talked about taking on the role and  explained that "there's a huge amount of pressure" that comes with the iconic territory.

"Everyone has this ownership," she said of fans' connections to Diana, who was mother to Prince William and Prince Harry.

[Expectations have been] overwhelming since the beginning.

Corrin, who said she wants to make Diana "proud," added, "I know that's strange and cheesy, but I feel like I know her."

The actress also opened up about capturing the complexities involved with Diana's private battle with bulimia nervosa, the binge-and-purge eating disorder that afflicts millions of women. "Drawing on my experience, not that I've experienced that kind of self-harm, but mental health in general, it can lead you down a very dark path when you're struggling to cope, when things feel out of control," said Corrin.

"Diana very much doesn't have the love and comfort and attention she needs from the man she loves or the family, who aren't really acting as a family to her," said Corrin. "There is a build-up of emotion she can't deal with, and making herself sick is a way of taking back control."