WMN Role Models: Emma Corrin

Having Princess Diana as the first major role in The Crown isn't bad at all, don't you think?

By Francesca Parravicini

If are are, like me, a fan of that wonderful, divine, superior series that is The Crown (Claire Foy we love you) you for sure have followed with some interest the rumors last year about the actress that  would play the eternal Princess Diana in the fourth season of the series (on Netflix from November 15): the choice fell on Emma Corrin, a young actress, practically unknown. If there was any doubt about her, it was completely dispelled when the first photos from the set appeared, where she seemed completely immersed in the role, with a truly incredible resemblance.

Let's get to know this young star better!

Born in 1995 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Emma discovers her passion and vocation for acting in school, where she begins acting in a number of local productions. After high school she takes a gap year, attends a course on Shakespeare at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art and volunteers at a school in South Africa, before moving to Cambridge where she studies acting and participates in theatrical performances that allow her bright talent to shine fully. In addition to The Crown we will see her in the Pennyworth series, a Batman prequel, and in the film MisBehavior with Keira Knightley and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, which tells the story of women's liberation movements in the 1970s and their struggle against the sexist standards of beauty pageants.

Emma has always been fascinated by the figure of Diana and for her role in The Crown she studied, talked with the figures who knew her, worked with a movement coach to define her mimicry (according to Emma, Diana moved like a cat). After this study, Emma felt she had understood something more about Diana and wants to offer a human portrait of her, of a real person, far from gossip and superstructures (that are often laced with a certain sexism): "I feel I've got to know Diana like you would a friend - she said in an interview with British Vogue - I know that sounds really weird, but I get a great sense of companionship from her. I suppose, over time, you kind of start to patch together a sense of empathy and a sense of understanding. I love figuring people out".

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Emma's image is a bizarre but fascinating mix of extremes, of different sides that apparently have nothing in common. Her beauty is impeccably English and refined, but at the same time it has something ineffably androgynous and rebellious, reminiscent of a young Leonardo Di Caprio. On the red carpet and in editorial services, she sports an aesthetic that seems created for here, with a vintage and girly style, interwined with something austere and angular, which gives her a decidedly edgy air. Her Instagram is definitely fascinating, with a series of atmospheric shots, accompanied by minimal or deliciously random captions and photos with a chaotic energy, such as a collection of bizarre selfies and a video where she cuts a piece of rhubarb and sings in quarantine, accompanied from her dog Spencer (Diana's maiden name, what a coincidence). I find it fabulous to see a young star be able to express her quirky and unfiltered side without having any problems. Emma also uses her platform to talk about social issues, such as recente surge of the Black Lives Matter movement, sharing numerous posts, videos, themed petitions.

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We recently saw her landing in the lagoon at the Venice Film Festival, where she was a guest at the Miu Miu Women's Tales, a famous exhibition of women's short films created by the Miuccia Prada's brand, which turned 20 this year. On the red carpet she showed off a series of Miu Miu sailor inspired looks, perfect for her and talked about the importance of the manifestation and its anniversary, celebrating its feminine identity, far from stereotypes, with a vision and a sensitivity that are thought-provoking.

With these premises we can't wait to see her in Diana's shoes!

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