As Queen Anne and fallen lady Abigail Masham in Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite, Olivia Colman and Emma Stone forged a friendship out of the outré ongoings they had to immerse themselves in at Hampton Court. Last night, the duo reunited at the start of awards season, as Stone presented her co-star with the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the Palm Springs Film Festival.
The celebratory pictures of the pair that emerged echo the stories that Colman and Stone have divulged about working together. They had a rather wicked time on set racing lobsters, snaffling sickness-inducing amounts of cake and playing pranks on one another, it would seem.
“Emma will remain, I hope, a lifelong friend,” Colman told Vogue of the close bond they formed in order to recreate the intimate relationship between the monarch and her confidante. The scenes where the duo delve into the queen’s bisexuality were the ones that Colman was “most nervous about”. “I put a damp sponge between my legs, because I thought it would be funny for Emma to find,” she shared of one-such scene. “You can see in her face the sudden look of horror.”
“Oh Collie,” echoed Stone, who recalled the moment she had to place raw steaks on the queen’s gout-ridden legs. “The steaks were very real and there was a fire behind us and they were getting very room temperature,” she deadpanned. Humour became part and parcel of their time shooting the 1704 drama, and, if their first red-carpet appearance is indicative of the awards season to come, it will be one filled with laughs, as Colman and Stone stand together as two brilliant women helping shape Hollywood’s future.