Helena Bonham Talks About Her Problems with the Crown and How it Ruined Her Relationship

By Elisha Langmoore
Published: Jan 22 2020

The Crown’s Helena Bonham who was cast to play Princess Margaret has talked to us about how she prepared for her role and how it affected her personal life.

Appearing on The Graham Norton Show, Helena Bonham Carter talked about how she used a psychic to speak to the late Princess Margaret in preparation to play the royal in the latest season of The Crown, which debuted on Netflix Late Nov 2018.

“I did meet a psychic, who’s a friend of mine, and I was seeing her,” said Bonham Carter. “She does healing. She does other things, but she also has a talent for mediumship and as I was seeing her for something else, she said, ‘Oh, Margaret is here. Does that mean anything?’ and I said, ‘Yes, it does.'”

Bonham Carter had already been asked to play Princess Margaret at the time, though she hadn’t accepted the role yet. “I said, ‘Well, yeah…. If you’ve got the horse’s mouth in the room, you’re not gonna say no,'” she said. “I said, ‘Yeah’ and I asked, ‘Would you mind if I played you?’ She did say, ‘I think you’re a better idea than the other actor.'”

“It was a very typical Margaret thing,” she added.

The actress said that she had previously met the princess. “She had a way of sometimes complimenting you and putting you down at the same time. And the fact that she said, ‘Oh yeah, I think that you’re better than the other,'” Bonham Carter said, “It’s like you never knew where you were with her.”

Bonham Carter added that the spirit “came through with another note,” which was that the actress should “get the smoking right.” She continued, “I smoked in a particular way and always remember that the cigarette holder is as much a weapon for expression as anything else and that was a good note.”

“She was somebody who was innately dramatic. If you’re royal, you can’t necessarily talk much. You’re a walking icon,” she continued. “She was very, I think, conscious about the silhouette and whatever she did with her body and particular with her hands.”

“The taping of The Crown certainly affected my relationship with Rye Dag Holmboe. First off my schedule was strenuous, we had to tape the whole season in 6 months.” The actress also went into detail of how the media has been in her relationship due to the large age gap between the couple. Bonham 53 and Holmboe 32 have a 21 year age difference.

When asked the status of their relationship, Bonham, said it is complicated. The couple have still been seen together after The Crown aired on Netflix.

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