Olivia Colman is as regal as it gets without, you know, actually being royalty. But based solely off her segment of Vogue's 73 Questions interview, you'd think she was actual royalty.
The actress, who took home her first Oscar at last year's ceremony for portraying Queen Anne in "The Favourite," opened the door for Joe Sabia into an ornate stairwell, and the splendor just increased from there.
"It turns out you play the Queen a few times and then they give you this," Colman quipped at the beginning of the interview. She'll also appear as Queen Elizabeth II in the upcoming season of Netflix's "The Crown," replacing Claire Foy to represent the monarch during the 1960s and '70s.
The interview weaved down the stairwell into a grand foyer and moved into a drawing room of sorts for high tea, which Colman called "quite British." But that room, with its lavish chandeliers and imposing artwork, didn't even come close to measuring up to the next venue: a banquet hall to end all banquet halls.
With nearly floor-to-ceiling pink wallpaper and matching rug, curtains and upholstery on the 20 chairs, it looks like walking into my most girly dreams. Not to mention the oversized candelabras, marble (maybe) fireplace and exquisite ceiling.
Appropriately, Colman told Vogue that if she could dine in that room with anyone, it would be Queen Anne so they could discuss rabbits.
The whole interview was cheekily themed around a day in the royal life, given Colman's repertoire, but it was entirely convincing. Until a straight-shooter in the comments section on YouTube tipped me off to the fact that the interview was filmed at the Ritz London (the pink dining room is the William Kent Room, for anyone looking to visit themselves), I had accepted that Colman, a true queen in Hollywood's eyes, truly lived in a palatial manor like that.
Beyond the opulence of the locale, we were privy to some exclusive tidbits from Colman, including who she would interview out of everyone in the world (Barack Obama, "because I fancy him"), if she'd rather marry a dog or cat (dog) and the craziest thing she's done for an audition (eaten a cigarette butt).
The quirky interview was accompanied by a more serious, in-depth profile in Vogue, where Colman admitted that there will be one continuity discrepancy between this and last season of "The Crown": Queen Elizabeth's eye color. You see, Foy and the monarch herself have blue eyes, while Colman's are brown -- and colored contacts were apparently not in the cards for the actress due to her "very strong eyelids."
"It was basically like an exorcism: 'Just hold me down and thrust it in!'" she told the magazine.
Long live the Queen.