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    "The Crown" Star Erin Doherty Felt "A Lot Of Pressure" To Conceal Her Sexuality In Order To Have A Successful Career

    "I'm really aware of all the people who have lived years and years and years, either in shame or denial."

    The Crown star Erin Doherty didn't think she could be successful if she ever shared her true self with the world.

    A closeup of Erin

    Erin, who portrayed a young Princess Anne during The Crown's third and fourth seasons, says that after landing the role, she felt pressure to hide her sexuality.

    Erin portrays Anne and sits in a chair while talking on an old phone

    "I'm not gonna lie, I won't name names, but when I got The Crown, I felt a lot of pressure to withhold my sexuality," Erin said in an interview with the Telegraph.

    A closeup of Erin

    She continued, "There was a period of time when I was like, 'Do I get to be open about this in order to have a successful career?'"

    In 2019, Erin made the decision to come out, going public with her girlfriend, Sophie Melville, whom she had first met two years prior.

    A closeup of Erin and Sophie

    Looking back at the time she felt the need to conceal her sexuality, Erin says it's "gutting" she ever had to question sharing her relationship.

    A closeup of Erin and Sophie

    "I'm really aware of all the people who have lived years and years and years, either in shame or denial, or just hiding," Erin said.

    A closeup of Erin

    She added, "Actors, actresses definitely stopping it getting out there in order to have a career, and I just want to be a part of trying to do something about that."

    A closeup of Erin

    And with numerous projects in the works, like her recently released series Chloe, it sounds like her career is thriving, even after opening up about her sexuality.

    You can read all that Erin had to say here.