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Last month, during a panel conversation promoting The Crown, several producers dropped a bombshell on their audience—conceding, when asked point-blank, that series star Claire Foy was paid less than her costar Matt Smith. There was an excuse for the discrepancy: Smith, who had starred on Doctor Who, was better known when he was cast than Foy. But the wage gap was still greatly distressing—considering that Foys character, Queen Elizabeth II, is the clear lead of the period drama, which centers on the very subject of women in power and the obstacles they face. It didnt help that the series was additionally one of the most expensive in television history and had a reported budget of $7 million per episode, presumably more than enough to pay its female star as much, if not more, than Smith.

The revelation rightly incited outrage. And Left Bank Pictures, the production company behind The Crown, quickly issued a statement taking full responsibility for the disparity, vowing to vanquish any gap going forward. While an honorable gesture, the statement felt a little empty considering that those actions wont affect Foy, whose tremendous acting is largely responsible for the seriess reception—and its third and fourth season renewals. (Foy and Smith also both left the series after the second season, so that new actors could take over their roles when the drama jumps forward in time.)

On Monday, Foy confessed that the revelation “definitely opened my eyes to a lot.”

Speaking at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, where she was promoting The Girl in the Spiders Web, Foy said that, going forward, “I certainly wont be naïve about those things. Its really opened my eyes about what I am allowed to have an opinion about, and what Im allowed to stand up for myself about. And I think thats really changed my approach to myself and other women in this industry. Its been only a positive thing—even though, embarrassing.”

Late last month, Foy said that she was surprised to be at the center of any news story—but not surprised by the interest and reaction to the pay revelation. “Im not surprised that people saw [the story] and went, Oh, thats a bit odd. But I know that Matt feels the same that I do, that its odd to find yourself at the center [of a story] that you didnt particularly ask for.”

Thats when Left Bank Pictures chimed in:

“We want to apologize to both Claire Foy and to Matt Smith, brilliant actors and friends, who have found themselves at the center of a media storm this week through no fault of their own,” the statement read. “Claire and Matt are incredibly gifted actors who, along with the wider cast on The Crown, have worked tirelessly to bring our characters to life with compassion and integrity.”

The statement also made clear that Left Bank—not Netflix—is entirely “responsible for budgets and salaries; the actors are not aware of who gets what, and cannot be held personally responsible for the pay of their colleagues.”

Jared Harris, who played Foys father King George VI, responded to press shortly after, stating that Foy deserved more than a statement.

“I understand they made an apology but, you know, an apology and a check would be more welcome,” said Harris. “She worked longer hours. Her performance is a huge reason why this thing is going to have a Season Three, Four, Five, and Six . . . send her a paycheck and, in retrospect, bring her pay up to parity.”

Earlier this week, Matt Smith, the Prince Philip to Foys Queen Elizabeth, also responded to the wage-gap controversy.

“I believe that we all should be paid equally and fairly,” Smith said at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday evening. “Claire is one of my best friends. I support her completely.”

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Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, a fashion photographer who rode a motorbike, announced their engagement on the grounds of the Royal Lodge on February 27, 1960.Photo: From Getty Images.1960

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The Queen had her corgis, but Princess Margaret had her King Charles Spaniel, Rowley.Photo: From Central Press/Getty Images.1960

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The two were married in Westminster Abbey on May 6. Princess Margaret wore Norman Hartnell, couturier to the royals, and the Poltimore Tiara.Photo: From Bettmann Collection.1960

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Princess Margaret and Armstrong-Jones, now referred to as Lord Snowdon, return from their honeymoon in the Caribbean.Photo: From Daily Mail/REX/Shutterstock.1970

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Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon once again at the Badminton Horse Trials.Photo: From Fox Photos/Getty Images.1971

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Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon head out from the airport on their way to Canada. They opened the Winnipeg Art Gallery, which is still open today.Photo: From Popperfoto/Getty Images.1967

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The couple took a trip to the Bahamas, one of Margarets favorite places.Photo: From Dalmas/AFP/Getty Images.PreviousNext

1960

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Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones, a fashion photographer who rode a motorbike, announced their engagement on the grounds of the Royal Lodge on February 27, 1960.From Getty Images.

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The Queen had her corgis, but Princess Margaret had her King Charles Spaniel, Rowley.From Central Press/Getty Images.

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The two were married in Westminster Abbey on May 6. Princess Margaret wore Norman Hartnell, couturier to the royals, and the Poltimore Tiara.From Bettmann Collection.

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Princess Margaret and Armstrong-Jones, now referred to as Lord Snowdon, return from their honeymoon in the Caribbean.From Daily Mail/REX/Shutterstock.

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The pair made a splash at Londons Royal Opera House in March, shortly after they were engaged.From Sampson/Daily Mail/REX/Shutterstock.

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Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon announced the birth of their son, David, outside of Clarence House with the Queen Mother.From AFP/Getty Images.

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Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon watch the Badminton Horse Trials along with her nephew Prince Charles and her sister, Queen Elizabeth II.By Reginald Davis/REX/Shutterstock.

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The couple on their way to Bath for a quiet weekend away from royal work.By Edwin Sampson/Daily Mail/REX/Shutterstock.

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Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon leave Kensington Palace to take their daughter, Sarah, to her christening ceremony.From Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

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The Beatles meet the royal couple at the world premiere of their film Help! at the London Pavilion in July.From Keystone-France/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images.

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The couple dances at the Canadian Universities Ball at Quaglinos, a favorite Italian restaurant in London. Rumors of affairs on either side had begun to swirl around them.From Popperfoto/Getty Images.

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The pair makes a stop at the Lincoln Memorial on a tour of the U.S.From Keystone/Getty Images.

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The couple visited Lewis Douglas, former U.S. ambassador to Great Britain, in Tucson, Arizona.From Getty Images.

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Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon attend a lunch at the Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam. It was held in their honor by Queen Juliana.From Keystone-France/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images.

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The couple pose with President Lyndon Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson in the Queens room at the White House. The dinner-dance was given in honor of the princess and Lord Snowdon.From Bettmann Collection.

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Dancing at the Canadian Womens Club Centenary Ball at Grosvenor House in London.By Len Trievnor/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

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The two recline in a plastic ball at something called a cybernetic exhibition in London.From Keystone-France/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images.

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Lord Snowdon and Margaret tour Italy in the summer.From Getty Images.

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The two tour a hovercraft named after Princess Margaret. The Princess Margaret would appear in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever three years later.From Fox Photos/Getty Images.

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David and Sarah play with their parents on the lawns of Kensington Palace in August.From Keystone-France/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images.

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Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon once again at the Badminton Horse Trials.From Fox Photos/Getty Images.

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Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon head out from the airport on their way to Canada. They opened the Winnipeg Art Gallery, which is still open today.From Popperfoto/Getty Images.

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The couple took a trip to the Bahamas, one of Margarets favorite places.From Dalmas/AFP/Getty Images.

Julie MillerJulie Miller is a Senior Hollywood writer for Vanity Fairs website.

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