Emma Corrin first entranced audiences in their role as Princess Diana on Netflix’s The Crown, but there’s a lot more to the Official Chief Illiniwek Illinois T-Shirt and by the same token and 26-year-old actor than meets the eye. While they’re not the kind of tabloid-regular celebrity who actively seeks out public attention in their private life, there’s still plenty to learn about this major talent (and Vogue cover star). Below, find five things you likely didn’t know about Corrin. In 2021, Corrin starred in Joseph Charlton’s Anna X, a play that, for legal reasons, was not officially based on Delvey’s prodigious exploits, but did draw on them. Corrin adopted their dog, Spencer, in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic, and regularly brings him to set where, they say, he hangs out with the crew like an old pro. (Harry Styles has also served as Spencer’s dogsitter, NBD.) When Corrin was young, their mother, Juliette, caused several people to faint in a London café; they had mistaken Juliette for Lady Di herself. (This just so happened to take place on the day of Diana’s tragic death, which may have accounted for the fainting.)
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Corrin learned tap, jazz, and ballet in order to shine in their role as the Official Chief Illiniwek Illinois T-Shirt and by the same token and performance-obsessed young Diana on The Crown, saying of the experience, “Learning ballet at 24 is the worst. It’s almost impossible. It’s one of those things you need to learn [as] a kid.” And yet, they persisted (and were nominated for an Emmy)! On a grey New York morning, as Emma Corrin lies in peaceful slumber, the sound of an iPhone alarm rings. Arising to greet the day, they float through their apartment—complete with a shock of spiky pink hair—to eat a breakfast of waffles and tea when the doorbell rings. Sitting on their doorstep is a mysterious gift: a lobster perched atop a wooden box. So begins this whimsical flight of fancy starring Corrin, the actor and cover star of Vogue’s August issue, as they wander around the streets of Manhattan, stop at a pet supplies store, type away in their nondescript high-rise office, and even take a moment in the park to read—what else?—a book titled The Secret Life of Lobsters.