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2017 — Season 2
Jenna as Queen Victoria
SEATTLE TIMES – British actress Jenna Coleman tried to attend drama school. She really did. But her intentions were constantly thwarted when people kept hiring her as an actress.
There are worse things, she sighs during an interview in a hotel conference room. “I learned on the job really. I feel I missed something – it’s one of those things: what if I’d taken that road, or what if I’d taken THAT road, what would I know? I’ve never been trained in Shakespeare. Does that mean I can’t do it?
I think the one thing I would’ve liked would be to have that rehearsal space, whereas I’ve done my training, but on camera, which is wonderful and I’ve learned a lot, but in a different way,” says the 30-year-old Blackpool native.
What she learned on camera catapulted her to “Doctor Who,” where she performed 39 episodes of the sci-fi favorite and became friends with two of the Doctors, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi.
And while it doesn’t seem probable, that part led to the lead role in “Victoria,” premiering on PBS’ “Masterpiece” on Sunday, Jan. 15 (today). In “Victoria” Coleman interprets England’s long-reigning queen from age 18 to 21 — the defining years as Coleman sees them.
“I did lot of research on Victoria, how creative she was, which I never knew. She had such passion for music and opera and ballet and visuals. She created her own wedding dress, and wrote in her diary, and did watercolor and sketch, and she tried to learn how to sing opera. She had people come around to the house and teach her. She’s so vibrant and unapologetically full of life and never tried to hide it or pull back from it, which I really love about her.
She’s really inconsistent and very flawed, but I love that. I think that’s what’s been quite tricky to play her, being unashamedly flawed. I’m trying to make that likable. It’s really tricky, but it’s who she was, and it’s what makes her so marvelous,” she says.
THE LIST.CO.UK – Jenna Coleman has no plans to try and break Hollywood.
The ‘Victoria’ actress’ career is going from strength to strength but she insists she is content with her life in the UK and has no desire to move to the US.
Asked if Hollywood appeals, she said: “The beauty of television is you have more time to explore a story. I will listen to my instincts and fight for something when I want to, but I want to live in London. I won’t go off and live in America.”
But the 30-year-old star also admitted she is in “denial” about how things are changing for her.
She added: “Maybe I’m still in denial that my life is exactly the same.”
Despite her successes, Jenna finds it difficult to praise her own achievements.
She said: “It’s going well. There have been a lot of ‘pinch me’ moments where you realise you’re actually doing what you wanted to do your whole life. I’m so sorry. I’ve just realised I’m doing the very British thing of not being able to pat yourself on the back. It’s more, ‘keep calm and carry on’. I just can’t say well done to myself.”
When it came to portraying the titular monarch in ‘Victoria’, Jenna turned to her former ‘Doctor Who’ co-star Matt Smith for help with research, as he was also preparing for a regal role, playing Prince Philip in ‘The Crown’.
She told Grazia magazine: “We both sat and tried to work out our relation to one another. I’m playing his great great granny, which is very funny for us.” (source)
HUFFINGTON POST UK – For the latest in our WISE WORDS interview series – where stars from a whole range of fields share the important life lessons they’ve learned along the way – we’re posing some of the big questions to JENNA COLEMAN.
Following her roles in ‘Emmerdale’ and ‘Waterloo Road’, Jenna broke through as one of Doctor Who’s most popular ever companions Clara Oswald.
Since then, she’s taken the title role as the young Queen in the ITV drama ‘Victoria’. In her capacity as an ambassador for American Express Shop Small, she spoke to HuffPostUK about what she’s learned along the way, and why her family would never let her get away with any queenliness herself…
How do you switch off from the world?
I take a bath. Or I read. Or both at once. Sometimes I go for a long walk.
How do you deal with negativity that comes your way?
If it’s justified, I’ll have a think, I try to take it on board. Sometimes it takes a phone call to my mum to rationalise. She’ll tell me, ‘Chin up.’ I do try to learn something from it.
When and where are you at your happiest?
I love being on an aeroplane. It means I can switch off, but I also like the switching of environments. There’s something about being in the clouds.
I also like being around my school-friends in London. It brings me back to who I’ve always been. They’re very supportive of my work, but they don’t let me take myself too seriously.
What has been the best piece of advice you’ve received?
I was in Bali, and I was struggling to communicate with my taxi driver, we had a language barrier. But we ploughed on, and he was trying to explain some philosophy, and he came up with ‘Making easy.’ And I’ve always remembered it.
What has been the hardest lesson you’ve had to learn?
You can’t fix everything.
What would you tell your 13-year-old self?
Don’t worry so much; Have more faith in yourself and your instincts; Don’t try so hard to fit in.
What three things are at the top of your to-do list?
Learn the piano; Learn French; Get better at photography.
What do you think happens when we die?
After watching ‘Black Mirror’, I’d want to ask Charlie Brooker. I’d like we think we go to some special place, but maybe we just come back as grass.
When do you feel in the presence of something bigger than ourselves?
When we look at the Supermoon, or we’re anywhere where we look up and see the stars.
What quality do you most treasure in relationships?
Unconditional love, when you’re doing something for another person without expecting a reward.
What keeps you grounded?
Northern pragmatism and humour. I can just see my family’s face if I went home and tried to indulge in some queenliness a la Victoria. I wouldn’t last long.
What the most recent act of kindness you received?
I got into a cab, and I told the driver ‘I’m having such a bad day.’ And he thought I said ‘It’s my birthday’ so he proceeded to sing Happy Birthday to me, the whole song. I didn’t have the heart to stop him, and it actually cheered me up a lot.
THE EVENING STANDARD – Jenna Coleman has gushed over her Victoria co-star Tom Hughes, saying there is no actor more “perfect” for the role of Prince Albert.
The pair play husband and wife in the ITV period drama which follows the reign of Queen Victoria from her coronation at 18 through to her marriage to the German Prince, with whom she had nine children.
Coleman revealed Hughes was her first choice for the role and praised the way he “metamorphosizes” into Albert.
Speaking to Standard Online she said: “The producers and I came up with an ideal Albert, and [Hughes] was the top of everyone’s list. There isn’t anybody more perfect for the part.”
The actress said she was initially apprehensive about working closely with him.
“We’ve been friends for six or seven years now,” she said. “Working with a friend you never know what it’s going to be like, but we’ve always got the same ideas so it just works. He just metamorphosizes into Albert. I just see Albert and not Tom at all. He’s a really clever actor.”
Coleman also opened up about her “charismatic” co-star Rufus Sewell, who plays her Prime Minister and friend Lord Melbourne, and said she would love him to reprise his role for series two.
She said: “It was amazing working with Rufus Sewell. The two of us laughed our way through filming. We’ve formed a really lovely friendship from it. I’d love Lord Melbourne to stay alongside Lord Albert, but unfortunately she can’t have both in her life – and anyway [Sewell] has to go back to playing a Nazi in The Man in the High Castle.”
Coleman said taking on the famous monarch was “daunting” – which was made more challenging by the costumes and side saddlling.
“I did the horse riding from scratch,” she said. “Side saddling is tough and so is waltzing. It changes your breathing. I was in one for so long you forget how unforgiving they are. But when Victoria fell pregnant I could get comfier in a latex bump instead of a corset.”
The actress moved to Victoria immediately after wrapping up Doctor Who, and said she is still trying to “digest” the attention around her.
“Doctor Who was like a sprite train that you jump on,” she said. “It’s a wonderful experience – but not a normal one. I think that will take a bit of time to digest.” (source)
BBC – Playing Queen Victoria in a new eight-part ITV drama has been “such a gift”, actress Jenna Coleman has revealed.
The former Doctor Who star said the role had been “impossible to turn down” – despite previously saying she wanted time off from TV series.
“When I left Doctor Who the first thing I said was, ‘I just don’t want to do a series for a while,'” the 30-year-old said at a press event in London.
Comparisons are already being made to Downton Abbey, which came to a close last Christmas after six years on air.
Writer Daisy Goodwin said she “couldn’t possibly hope to replicate” Downton’s success but hoped Victoria would “give people pleasure”.
One aspect of the role that Coleman had to grapple with was the blue contact lenses she was required to sport to emulate Victoria’s natural eye colour.
“Any of the portraits you see, the first thing you see are her eyes,” said the actress, adding she went through “in the region of about 70 pairs” during shooting.
The first series of Victoria charts the early years of the queen’s reign and her courtship with Prince Albert, played by Tom Hughes. (source)