Crown star Erin Doherty looks worlds away from Princess Anne in edgy photoshoot as she reveals she prefers cozy nights with girlfriend Sophie Melville to fame and red carpets
Her third role out of drama school made her famous, when she was cast as Princess Anne in Netflix’s global hit The Crown.
But Erin Doherty has revealed she’s not chasing the spotlight, but rather craves complex and flawed roles that allow her to ‘do a good job’ while allowing her to spend time with girlfriend Sophie Melville. .
The actress, 29, opens up about her blossoming career and long-term love in a new interview with Porter Magazine, complete with footage showing the star in a whole new light.
wow! Crown star Erin Doherty stars in a new shoot and interview with Porter Magazine, showing the actress in a whole new light
Photographed by Elliott Morgan and styled by Natasha Wray, Erin wows in Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Balmain and Burberry for the shoot, looking worlds away from the couture and equestrian ensembles she wore on screen for The Crown.
Erin admits in the interview that her role as Princess Anne and the fame the performance brought her “made me assess fame early on”. I was like, “What is this weird world? What do I like, what don’t I like? How do I want to live?” It made me realize that I love to act and that I don’t want to stop doing theatre.
And when asked if she wanted to be famous, Erin exclaimed, “Why would you want that?” I want to walk down the street!’
This is me: Styled in edgy designer ensembles and posing in fish and chips, Erin is a world away from her Princess Anne look in The Crown (right)
Gorgeous: Erin was photographed by Elliott Morgan and styled by Natasha Wray in Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Balmain and Burberry for the shoot
Breakout role: Playing Princess Anne was Erin’s third role out of drama school (shown in season three of the hit Netflix show)
Next up for Erin is a starring role in upcoming psychological drama Chloe. Her character Becky compares her life to the perfect existences of the Instagram influencers she follows, compulsively returning to Chloe’s account.
Erin keeps a low profile in her own life and only unveiled her own Instagram account a few years ago. She admits that the world of social media inhabited by her latest character was one she struggled to identify with.
“I’m so introverted, it’s wild. I kinda feel sorry for people who only grew up on Instagram. I used to use MSN and then shut down the computer and go downstairs and interact with people. To film Chloé, I had to download Instagram and it made me depressed. I was trying to get up in the morning and then scrolling and wasting an hour,’ she admitted. “Honestly, it made me feel bad about myself.”
Low profile: ‘I’m so introverted, it’s wild. I kinda feel sorry for people who only grew up on Instagram,’ Erin admits in interview
Instead, Erin prefers to spend her free time at the London flat she shares with girlfriend and fellow actress Sophie Melville, where they binge on reality TV, including her favorite The Great British Bake Off.
But the actress confessed that Sophie helped her let go of her sweet tooth: “She made me feel so healthy.” I used to sit at home eating a bag of chocolates and now we have some kind of kale salad.
Erin and Sophie have collaborated on stage and recently starred together in the production of Wolfie, Ross Willis’ first play, at South London’s Theatre503, but Erin said they try not to compete for the roles, explaining:
“We understand the limitations of everyone’s work. When a self-recording audition comes up, we’re both like, ‘Let’s drop everything and do this.’
To see the full interview with Erin Doherty, read CARRY and/or download the NET-A-PORTER app for iPhone, iPad and Android.
Love: Instead, Erin prefers to spend her free time in the London apartment she shares with girlfriend and fellow actress Sophie Melville (pictured together in 2019)