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Helena Bonham Carter Legit Used A Psychic To Tap Into Princess Margaret

And her response was "classic Margaret".

Helena Bonham Carter recently revealed how she prepared for her role as Princess Margaret in The Crown and it involved using a psychic to ask the dead royal for permission.

The Guardian reports Carter told audiences at the Cheltenham literary festival that as well as reading all of the Princess’ biographies and contacting a graphologist and astrologer, she hired a psychic to talk to Margaret.

“She said, apparently, she was glad it was me. My main thing when you play someone who is real, you kind of want their blessing because you have a responsibility,” Carter explained.

“So I asked her: ‘Are you OK with me playing you?’ and she said: ‘You’re better than the other actresses… that they were thinking of.’ They will not admit who it was. It was me and somebody else.”

She added, “That made me think maybe she is here, because that is a classic Margaret thing to say. She was really good at complimenting you and putting you down at the same time.

“Then she said: ‘But you’re going to have to brush up and be more groomed and neater.’ Then she said: ‘Get the smoking right. I smoked in a very particular way. Remember that — this is a big note — the cigarette holder was as much a weapon for expression as it was for smoking.’”

Carter also said she turned to Princess Margarets’ close circle, “Three ladies-in-waiting, a couple of relatives, a very close relative and some really close friends. They loved the woman and were very happy to talk about her because they miss her.”

The actress, who took over from Vanessa Kirby to play the royal in seasons three and four of the show, gave some insight into Margaret, “She wasn’t tough at all, she was highly vulnerable, and often attack is the best form of defense.”

“She smoked throughout her life and she drank. It was like she didn’t have the extra layer of skin… She just couldn’t feign, which is an appalling lack when you are famous and you have to meet all these people. Whatever was in her head popped out of her mouth. She was like a time bomb.”

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly in August, Carter revealed the time she met Princess Margaret, “My uncle was actually very close to her… She was pretty scary. At one point, she met me at Windsor Castle and she said, ‘You are getting better, aren’t you?’”

The actress added she believed she was referring to her acting ability, “I presume that’s what she meant.”

Olivia Colman takes over as Queen Elizabeth II, Tobias Menzies will star as Prince Philip and Josh O’Connor will play Prince Charles.

The Crown season three will premiere on November 17 on Netflix.

There's A Huge Problem With Netflix's 'The Politician' And It's Very Difficult To Ignore

You can't unsee it.

Netflix’s new show The Politician has a huge problem that has some people very annoyed – the show is set in a wealthy Santa Barbara high school, but the actors are much older than high schoolers.

The show is centred on Payton Hobart, played by Tony Award-winner Ben Platt, with Bohemian Rhapsody’s Lucy Boynton, starring as his rival Astrid Sloan.

Credit: Netflix

Payton wants to one day become the President of the United States, and that journey begins by winning the election to be student body president at school. He’s supported by his girlfriend Alice (Julia Schlaepfer) and friends James (Theo Germaine) and McAfee (Laura Dreyfuss). He also joins forces with a disabled and ill student named Infinity (Zoey Deutch) in the hopes it will help him win the election.

While the show is all about teenage students, it’s difficult to believe the cast, which is made up of proper adults, as kids in their late teens. What makes things especially difficult to believe the show is the fact that the characters are styled in outfits that make them look a lot older.

Platt is 26, Boynton is 25, Dreyfuss is 31 and Schlaepfer and Deutch are both 24 and we’ve seen many of these stars in adult roles already, so fans are not impressed that they’ve been cast in these younger roles.

Some fans of The Politician, however, think the age-inappropriate casting is what makes the show so good:

The Decider reports that there is a “practical reason” for the older cast, though.

Apparently, when Ryan Murphy sold the show to Netflix, the idea was that each season would follow Payton and his friends as they tackle a new political campaign as he attempts to get closer to the White House.

Season 2 of the show will take place a few years in the future, and this time it’ll be about Payton setting his sights on the New York State Senate. At that point, the actors will be the right age.

If the show continues beyond season two the actors will either have to age with makeup or be recast.

KJ Apa Reveals Which Of His Riverdale Co-Stars He'd Want To Marry

TBH they'd make the perfect couple.

Riverdale star KJ Apa attended Oz Comic Con in Sydney over the weekend and was asked the question we’ve all probably been dying to hear the answer to: who out of his male castmates would he “bang, marry [or] kill”?

A fan asked the question during a panel session at the event referencing Casey Cott, Charles Melton and Cole Sprouse, “Hi! Bang, marry, kill. Casey, Charlie or Cole?”

Credit: The CW

KJ obviously had no idea what to do with that question at first and started by laughing and saying, “This is so gnarly!”

The moderator jumped in, reminding KJ there were kids in the crowd, so the Kiwi actor opted for kid-friendly answer.

“Yeah, I’ll answer it like this. If I were to marry one of them, I would probably marry Charles (Melton),” he told the crowd, quickly adding, “I’m not trying to bang any of those dudes!”

Credit: The CW

I will note that he somehow also got out of answering who he’d like to kill, but whatever.

To be fair though, he and Charles would make a pretty cute couple, they’re clearly very close friends if Instagram is anything to go off.

While in Sydney for Oz Comic Con, KJ also spoke to the Daily Telegraph and has fans a little nervous about how long he’ll stay on Riverdale for.

He explained that his true passion is for music and that acting isn’t his “end-game”.

“I never really wanted to be an actor, it was never really something that I actively pursued. I have always been super-passionate about music, that is my first love.

“I love being a part of things that I am super-inspired by at the end of the day.”

He also added that he has new music on the way, but didn’t specify when. So, does that mean he’s willing to leave the show if he can do big things with music?

The actor has never spoken about leaving the show, so hopefully it’s not something that’s in the near future, otherwise, Riverdale fans might riot!

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