LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Helena Bonham Carter attends a screening of "Three Minutes: A Lengthening" during the UK Jewish Film Festival at Curzon Cinema Mayfair on November 12, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Nicky J Sims/Getty Images)
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Helena Bonham Carter Knew Playing Margaret On The Crown Would Be Tricky
Helena Bonham Carter takes her work very seriously, and her commitment to her performance as Princess Margaret in "The Crown" is proof of it. The actress knew she needed a profound understanding of Princess Margaret's life to do the part justice, and she was well aware that the role would be tricky.
Bonham Carter spoke to the royal's closest friends, as well as her lady-in-waiting, astrologer, and others, to learn more about the late princess, and she dove into dozens of biographies to read about her life. Part of Bonham Carter's empathy toward Princess Margaret stems from their shared experiences.
Bonham Carter said she had resonated with Princess Margaret, who had to rebuild herself after her split from her husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones.“She's divorced, I've gone through that myself, and I know you have to make huge adjustments to your own identity, you have to reconstruct yourself because you are no longer part of a married couple," said Bonham Carter. 
The actor praised the princess for her intelligence, saying, “She was formidably intelligent – according to her hairdresser Josef Braunschweig she could do a crossword puzzle in around 11 minutes – and she had a huge capacity for fun.” Bonham Carter brought the misunderstood royal to life with ease, making Princess Margaret one of the most fascinating characters on "The Crown."