“She really finds her feet in the position that she’s in and she enjoys it and also, she realizes the danger that surrounds her,” actress Jodie Comer says in an interview with Gold Derby (watch the exclusive video above) about playing the eponymous character in “The White Princess.” The Starz miniseries that aired this spring is the sequel to “The White Queen,” which scored an Emmy nomination for Best Limited Series in 2014; both are adaptations of historical novels of the same names by Phillipa Gregory. Comer plays Elizabeth of York, the real-life queen consort of late 15th century England, as “Lizzie” ages from 19 to 33.
Comer recalls that figuring out how to portray the transition over the eight episodes was initially what had her most concerned about the role. She explains, “She becomes a woman in quite a short space of time. The costumes helped so, so much because at the beginning of the series, everything’s quite loose, as well as her hair. The colors are very light and as the series goes on, you can see Lizzie’s costumes get tighter — it’s like they’re holding her together in a way. It’s like her armor and that really did help. It changed the way you hold your body and you automatically feel different when you’re standing differently.”
“It’s something that I still think about and I can’t really take in, even though it’s been and gone,” Comer says about the BAFTA nomination that she earned earlier this year for the BBC miniseries “Thirteen” in the Best Drama Actress category. Comer notes, “ ‘The White Princess’ was challenging, absolutely, in a different way. ‘The White Princess’ really showed me about stamina. I’ve always wanted to do a big costume period drama and this was my first one of this scale. It was four/five months of filming. Those amazing costumes and hair and makeup — they would add an extra over two hours to your day.”
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