Josh O’Connor shared his personal thoughts in a February Los Angeles Times interview about what his real-life counterpart could be like as the future King of England. Specifically, O’Connor shared the analysis he did about how Charles fits or doesn’t fit into traditional gender roles, which is something that helped prepare him for the Emmy-winning part.
“Generally, in my career, I’m constantly fascinated by masculinity and the fragility of masculinity,” O’Connor said. “The ultimate masculine power/status model is the idea of the monarch, the king. The king of England, in historical times, is a man of power and strength and stability and duty. And my initial thing with this character was I thought: I don’t think he is that. I think he’s softer around the edges; there’s a kind of an empathy about him. He wants love, he wants to give love and receive love, and I think that what was really interesting to me was playing those antitheses off of each other.”
While some some experts have their doubts about Charles becoming king, it seems like O’Connor thinks he will simply be a different type of king: one who is more in touch with his emotions than your stereotypical ruler.