November 24, 2020

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‘Never in my life would I wear the shoes she wore’: The Crown’s Gillian Anderson reveals she had TWO vocal coaches and rehearsed in ‘dark rooms’ to channel ‘divisive’ Margaret Thatcher

Gillian Anderson has reflected on portraying ‘divisive’ former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in series four of The Crown.

In a new interview, the actress, 52, revealed she received help from two vocal coaches and rehearsed in ‘dark and abandoned rooms’ to channel the late politician, who led the country from 1979 until 1990.

The X-Files star admitted getting into costume also helped her play the stateswoman as she said: ‘Never in my life would I wear the shoes she wore. But walking in the way I learned to walk as her, and in those shoes, just helped so much.’

'Never in my life would I wear the shoes she wore': Gillian Anderson (L) reflected on portraying 'divisive' former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in series four of The Crown

'Never in my life would I wear the shoes she wore': Gillian Anderson (L) reflected on portraying 'divisive' former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in series four of The Crown

The real deal: Margaret pictured in 1979

The real deal: Margaret pictured in 1979

‘Never in my life would I wear the shoes she wore’: Gillian Anderson (L) reflected on portraying ‘divisive’ former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (R in 1979) in series four of The Crown

Thespian Gillian, who also sported a fat suit and ‘really uncomfortable nylon stockings’ on set, insisted she ‘let go’ of her ‘preconceived ideas of Margaret’ and  had picked up on the politician’s mannerisms by watching old videos of her.

On feeling distant from her distinctive voice, she told The Sun: ‘It’s quite easy to parody her voice, which makes it hard to identify with. It was about trying to find the balance, but at the same time understanding who she was and how she operated.’ 

In order to fully transform into Margaret, Gillian explained how she would practise her role alone – in a place she refers to as ‘elsewhere’.

Wow! The actress, 52, received help from two vocal coaches and rehearsed in 'dark and abandoned rooms' to channel the late politician, who led the country from 1979 until 1990.

Wow! The actress, 52, received help from two vocal coaches and rehearsed in 'dark and abandoned rooms' to channel the late politician, who led the country from 1979 until 1990.

Wow! The actress, 52, received help from two vocal coaches and rehearsed in ‘dark and abandoned rooms’ to channel the late politician, who led the country from 1979 until 1990.

'It was about trying to find the balance': The X-Files star admitted sporting a fat suit and 'really uncomfortable nylon stockings' also helped her play the stateswoman (pictured in February)

'It was about trying to find the balance': The X-Files star admitted sporting a fat suit and 'really uncomfortable nylon stockings' also helped her play the stateswoman (pictured in February)

‘It was about trying to find the balance’: The X-Files star admitted sporting a fat suit and ‘really uncomfortable nylon stockings’ also helped her play the stateswoman (pictured in February)

The mother-of-three elaborated: ‘When we were doing The Crown, I’d get a chair and put it in some dark, dusty corner or an abandoned room. I always referred to it as ”elsewhere”, and if the director wanted me, they’d have to come to my elsewhere. I’m quite fond of an ”elsewhere”.’ 

The Sex Education star revealed it took months to research the Iron Lady, and sat in the hair and make-up chair for an hour and a half at a time. 

Earlier this month, the blonde spoke to Harper’s Bazaar as she insisted she had ‘very clear boundaries’ with her partner and show creator Peter Morgan, 57, when they worked together on The Crown. 

Background: Baroness Thatcher (pictured with Brian Walden in 1979), who led the country from 1979 until 1990, passed away in April 2013 after suffering a stroke aged 87

Background: Baroness Thatcher (pictured with Brian Walden in 1979), who led the country from 1979 until 1990, passed away in April 2013 after suffering a stroke aged 87

Background: Baroness Thatcher (pictured with Brian Walden in 1979), who led the country from 1979 until 1990, passed away in April 2013 after suffering a stroke aged 87

Gillian told the publication: ‘For our own sanity, and actually for the benefit of the relationship, we had very clear boundaries. 

‘I am not going to comment on the script, but you are not allowed to comment on the performance!’ 

The fourth season of The Crown, with Olivia Colman returning in the lead role of Elizabeth II, premiered on Netflix on Sunday. The new series covers the period of Margaret’s reign and her relationship with the Monarch.

Baroness Thatcher passed away in April 2013 after suffering a stroke aged 87.

'It was for our sanity': Earlier this month, the blonde insisted she had ' clear boundaries' with her partner and show creator Peter Morgan, 57 (pictured on Thursday)

'It was for our sanity': Earlier this month, the blonde insisted she had ' clear boundaries' with her partner and show creator Peter Morgan, 57 (pictured on Thursday)

‘It was for our sanity’: Earlier this month, the blonde insisted she had ‘ clear boundaries’ with her partner and show creator Peter Morgan, 57 (pictured on Thursday)

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