A Minute With: Sarah Ferguson on making "Young Victoria"

Thu Dec 17, 2009 3:20pm EST
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, takes her first stab at film producing with "The Young Victoria," which chronicles Queen Victoria' youthful ascension to the throne and her romance with Prince Albert.

The film, which stars Emily Blunt in the title role, opens in limited release this Friday, before expanding around the United States on Christmas Day. Earlier this week, Blunt earned a Golden Globe nomination for best actress in a film drama.

Ferguson was married to Queen Elizabeth II's son Prince Andrew from 1986 to 1996, and back then, she spent much of her time fending off comments from the British Press, mostly about her appearance. But in recent years, she has found success writing children's books and as a celebrity endorsers for diet company Weight Watchers. Ferguson talked to Reuters about the film, her Royal daughters and why she seems so misunderstood.

Q: Why were you interested in the life of Queen Victoria?

A: She had an extraordinary presence and she ran the country with great strength. People today lead the lives they lead because of those in the past, like Queen Victoria, that remained steadfast to their beliefs. The film is also a beautiful untold love story.

Q: To whom do to you relate to most in the film?

A: Prince Albert, because I know what it's like to be a guest. It is very difficult when you are not born in to it, to fit in to a life that you cannot logically understand. (Those born to it) are born to duty and to be selfless to the grave.

Q: Your daughter Beatrice, 21, is featured in the coronation scene of "The Young Victoria." Is she the first British royal to be in a feature film?   Continued...

<p>Britain's Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson poses for photographers at her arrival for the premiere of "Young Victoria" by Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallee in Paris in this July 7, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes</p>