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The Crown star Matt Smith is voicing his support for the women and men who have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment, saying that he, too, has had unfortunate run-ins with Hollywood men.
“The conversation shouldn’t stop at this industry just because these are ‘celebrities’ who we know about who are involved. It has to be broader,” he told the UK’s Telegraph of the sexual assault and harassment allegations coming to light. “People in other industries have to have a platform to be heard as well. What happens to the cleaner or the lady who works in a clothes shop? That’s not to say I haven’t been objectified before by men, because I have — just like women are objectified.
“It is not exclusive to them,” Smith said. “This happens to men, too.”
Matt Smith returns to the critically-acclaimed Netflix series The Crown as the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip.
The Crown is a biographical story about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The first season covers the period from her marriage to Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1947 to the disintegration of her sister Princess Margaret’s engagement to Peter Townsend in 1955.
A second season begins December 8, which is intended to cover the Suez Crisis in 1956 through the retirement of the Queen’s third Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, in 1963 following the Profumo affair political scandal.
The 35-year-old actor played the lead role in Doctor Who between 2011 and 2013.
Smith has said of that character, “The Doctor is excited and fascinated by the tiniest of things. By everything. By every single thing. That’s what’s wonderful about him as a character. It’s why children like him, I think. Because he doesn’t dismiss anything. He’s not cynical. He’s open to every single facet of the universe.”