Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama
BEST ACTRESS TV SERIES, DRAMA
Best Actress ‑ TV Series ‑ Drama
Olivia Colman, “The Crown”
OLIVIA COLMAN: Hello. Thank you so much. Oh, I said I had money on this not happening. For the last year, I feel like I’ve been living someone else’s life, and now I feel like I’ve definitely won someone else’s award. Thank you so much, HFPA and Netflix and Left Bank and ‑‑ I’ve had the loveliest time doing this. And to all my fellow nominees, who are all just marvelous. I don’t know what to say because I genuinely ‑‑ I’ve already got a little bit boozy because I thought this wasn’t going to happen.
So thank you. Completely stumped.
And “Fleabag,” yay.
Everyone here. And, obviously, sitting there, watching everybody is so exciting. We’ve gone, “Look who it is. Look who’s there.” So thank you for having us. Thank you for having me. I’ve had such a lovely time. Thank you very much.
OLIVIA COLMAN: Hello QUESTION: Hello. Congratulations. First of all, the question is: You went to the Buckingham Palace and received a CBA award. Did the Palace look similar to the set? Was it... OLIVIA COLMAN: Actually, on set, it feels like we are doing too much, but it turns out we are not. So having been to the Palace, it's bigger than we've been doing, and there are more people than we've had in costume. You can't quite imagine how over the top it is. QUESTION: Well, they say it's good to be Queen, especially for you, two times in a row. What in you is able to understand somebody who has that kind of power or that kind of -- and that kind of -- mixed with that kind of prediction from the moment your first episode of this came out, people just knew you have it. You conveyed it? OLIVIA COLMAN: That's very sweet of you. I think any actor, it's just a job. I'm just an actor, and it's beautifully written. If the writing is there, then it makes your job very easy. QUESTION: Oh, no. This is more than that. OLIVIA COLMAN: Well, that's very sweet of you. QUESTION: Congratulations. Such a beautifully understated performance. Was this one of your hardest roles to play simply because she is such a -- she's such a reserved person? OLIVIA COLMAN: Yes. QUESTION: She is so crisp? She keeps everything inside. How is that to portray on screen? OLIVIA COLMAN: It's hard because everyone knows who she is and what she looks like. It's harder than playing someone who is imaginary, and yes, the reserved society is much like this. It's very natural to me. Yes. So occasions when I can't control myself, we had to come up with sort of tricks which stopped me from crying. QUESTION: What kind of tricks? OLIVIA COLMAN: Well, they gave me an earpiece so I could listen to something boring to try and not think about what was happening around me. Not the mark of a great actor. QUESTION: Olivia, obviously, you are a great actress, and you do play the role; but playing this role, have you been able to maybe understand more the complexities of that role in real life being the Queen? OLIVIA COLMAN: I think that would be presumptuous of me to imagine playing the part would -- I would have any insight into what it's actually like. So I think no. That's a lifetime of having to be a certain way, and it's not -- I can only imagine. It's been an honor to play it. I wouldn't dare to presume. QUESTION: I'm just curious if you met the Queen or if you've spoken to the Queen and have been given the chance, what sort of questions would you ask her? OLIVIA COLMAN: If I met the Queen, I'd quite like to ask her what other jobs she would have liked had she had a choice. Yes, I think everybody says, "What's in her handbag?" But I don't care what's in her handbag. I'd quite like to know what she would have liked to have been if she had been able to choose what she wanted. Thank you.