Move over Will and Kate, there are some new royals in town! Well, almost. E!’s sexy new scripted show The Royals is coming in early 2015 and it’s just not soon enough. It’s not biographical of the current royals in any way because all we can expect is scandal, sex, drama and more naughty moments the Queen would never approve of on TV.
But in this world the Queen is none other than Elizabeth Hurley. We told you it was sexy! And speaking of: we got to chat with Alexandra Park who plays Princess Eleanor and Tom Austen who plays Jasper, her bodyguard. These two literally could not be hotter. Get a look for yourself in the pics below and see what they have to say about the show so far.
That skirt though! On her character’s style, Alexandra says, “What these characters wear is just a blatant reflection of the character, really. Eleanor’s got, in my opinion, the most incredible sense of style and fashion, and I mean the outfits that they come up with, it’s just incredible. For Eleanor, it’s kind of ‘I just threw this on but look how amazing I look’ kind of vibe with lots of leather and studs and semi-bondage materials. But she’s also looking quite glamorous at the same time, and I think that’s a huge reflection of her.” Tom also explains, “These people live in a world where they have access to absolutely everything. They have access to all the top designers, all the top fashion houses so nothing is off-limits.”
What about a romance between Eleanor and her bodyguard, is that off-limits? The actors were tight-lipped about any potential romance between their characters but we’ll let this picture speak for itself. Of the party scenes they have shot so far, Tom offered, “This show makes Gossip Girl look like a Disney movie. They have got nothing on us.” Alex agreed, saying “You’ll see a lot of parties and after parties and after, after, after parties and the gray areas in between the parties.” Ok, but if they could really party with the Royals, would they want to go to a super fancy party or just hang at a dive bar (could you even imagine Kate in a dive bar)? Tom admits, “I wouldn’t want to go to a fancy party, but I’d go out and get drunk with them for sure.” But for Alex, “Somewhere in between there, so maybe some gin on a rooftop with some tapas and a few close friends. Nothing too loud. Obviously I want to hear and ask questions but we don’t want it to be awkward as well.”
But it won’t be all parties and fun times for Princess Eleanor. Of her character, Alexandra says, “While she’s this confident, outgoing, crazy, no-limit fairy at parties, at the same time a lot of that’s just masks she’s putting on and I think that’s kind of more the part of Eleanor I’ve explored, is when those masks come off and who gets to see who she really is. There’s no one quite like her I don’t think. She’s unique.” She also admits this is her dream role because Eleanor, “Is so much fun and such a wild child and she’s so rebellious and crazy and that’s not even the half of her. I love the really vulnerable side of Eleanor. She’s just on this journey of trying to figure out who she is. She’s a girl in her early 20’s and just so happens to be born into the royal family without having any say in it. I think she’s wonderful.” While Alex loves shooting the show in “exciting, little corners of London” and beautiful places like Oxford, she reveals that her favorite set is Eleanor’s bedroom. Tom doesn’t seem to mind it either as he describes it as a “Woman’s room, like a woman who knows what she wants.”
Ok, we’re in love already. And we’re guessing their characters might be as well, as Tom and Alexandra have already brainstormed what their couple name could be. Tom says, ” We’re working on #Jeleanor and # Jaspenor.” It’s just a matter of time before these take over Twitter.
While a lot of people will stay for #Jeleanor, it’s Elizabeth Hurley that will draw them to E!’s first scripted show. So what’s it been like to work with her for these young actors? “You’re going to see a Queen in Elizabeth unlike any other Queen you’ve ever seen before but I think a much cooler one, definitely a much hotter one and just generally way more badass,” Tom gushed of her. “She’s wickedly delicious in every way,” Alexandra confirmed. And while the show isn’t imitating the real Royal Family in any way, Elizabeth was the one to inform her cast members how it really goes down at Buckingham Palace. “Elizabeth is one stage removed from royalty herself so if we have questions we just ask her a lot,” Tom revealed. Sooo have the actual Royals heard about the show? “Prince Harry texted me a couple of weeks ago and said that he was super stoked,” Tom joked. “I actually saw him last night and he was asking how it was all going and if he could maybe do a guest star on the show,” Alexandra chimed in. “But we said no because he’s not cool enough,” Tom quipped. “Yeah he’s not edgy enough for the show,” Alexandra joked.
Well, let’s just say the edgy bar is set pretty high for this show!
The Royals premieres in early 2015 on E!.
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