Matt Smith supports his Queen.
The Doctor Who actor was thrust into a pay disparity storm in March when it was discovered he was being paid more than his co-star on The Crown, Claire Foy, who is arguably the lead on the Netflix series.
Producers were forced to apologize for their faux pas, which allegedly arose as a result of Matt having a greater reputation due to his previous role on the sci-fi series.
Left Bank Pictures clarified that neither actor knew what the other was being paid, and that henceforth, “no one will be paid higher than the Queen.”
Despite Smith and Foy vacating their roles at the end of the second season due to a leap forward in the show’s time period, the 35 year old still spoke to The Hollywood Reporter regarding the controversy.
“Claire is one of my best friends, and I believe that we should be paid equally and fairly, and there should be equality for all. I support her completely, and I’m pleased that it was resolved and they made amends for it because that what’s needed to happen. Going forward, I think we should all bear in mind that we need to strive to make this better and a more even playing field for everyone involved—but not just in our industry, in all industries.”