- British stage star Jenna de Waal, 30, plays the title role in Diana: The Musical
- Said the hardest part of embodying the late royal was trying to ‘not drown in grief’
- added that they think the Princess of Wales may have liked the show
The rising British stage star, who played the title role in Diana: The Musical, has explained how the hardest part of embodying the late royal was trying not to ‘get lost in that sadness’.
Jenna de Waal, 30, who previously said it was a ‘huge privilege’ to portray the princess in a musical retelling of her life that can be streamed on Netflix, also said she thinks Prince Harry and Prince William’s mother ‘definitely’ would have been. ‘ enjoyed the show.
talking to Elle Magazine Regarding the most challenging thing about Princess Diana’s incarnation, Jenna said: ‘I would say it was giving my character a vivid intent that is interesting to the audience, even if she is on stage for lack of a better word. are passing through. Hunt.
‘Not really to get lost in that misery. It was also a collaboration with the writers: How long shall we leave him in this place where everything is breaking down on him? Her calming power, how does it ferment? When does it start showing itself?’
Jenna de Waal attends the opening of the Christian Dior Designer of Dreams exhibition Cocktails at the Brooklyn Museum on September 08, 2021 in Brooklyn City
Gina De Waal as Diana in ‘Diana the Musical’ on Netflix
Jenna went on to say that she felt ‘very familiar’ with Princess Diana’s story before she began rehearsing for the role as her mother and grandmother ‘loved her dearly’.
She continued: ‘I wasn’t aware of all the facets and outs of the story, what happened and how unaware she was of what she was doing to herself. There is so much oozing in the story that I don’t know.
The actress, a graduate of the renowned Tring School for the Performing Arts and the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, previously remained relatively unknown despite a handful of roles in high profile musicals including Wicked, Kinky Boots and American Idiot.
But the much-anticipated musical premieres on Broadway on Wednesday 17 November 2021, with previews starting November 2, will find itself in more headlines.
Gina (pictured, as Diana) said she felt ‘very familiar’ with the story of Princess Diana, before she began rehearsing for the role because her mother and grandmother ‘loved her very much.’
The musical is set to make its Broadway debut on Wednesday 17 November 2021, with previews starting 2 November
Speaking in a previous video interview published on the theatre’s YouTube channel, De Wall said: ‘It’s clearly an enormous privilege to bring Diana to life on stage.
‘I feel very intimidated by the prospect, but I hope that those who did not know about him and did not know about his journey, he leaves the theater with the thought of what he has done for the world. .
‘She made everyone from the top down to the lowest rated person feel special, and I think we want to celebrate that.’
The clip shows De Waal channeling the princess in a white blazer with big black buttons, even adopting her signature pose for see-through eyelashes.
The musical, directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley, will focus on the story of the princess’s marriage to Prince Charles, and will feature the Duchess of Cornwall and the Queen as well as other prominent figures in the royal circle.