Emma Corrin: ‘In my mind, gender just isn’t something that feels fixed’

Emma Corrin’s pronouns were she/they for a bit, but now their pronouns are they/them. Emma covers Vogue’s August issue, which surprised me. While Corrin has had major success – The Crown’s Season 4, Emmy and SAG nominations and a Golden Globe win – they’re not what I would consider to be a household name here in America. Granted, people probably know Emma as “Diana on The Crown,” but still. They’re an interesting choice for a Vogue cover. Corrin is currently promoting My Policeman, where they play the “jilted lover” opposite Harry Styles and David Dawson. Emma’s Vogue profile is a lot about being non-binary and their journey of self-discovery. They were working in New York for this interview and they were really enjoying their time in the city (Corrin is super-tight with Dan Levy, which is cool). Some highlights:

Pronouns: “I feel much more seen when I’m referred to as ‘they,’ but my closest friends, they will call me ‘she,’ and I don’t mind, because I know they know me.”

Talking about gender on social media: Posting anything to Instagram about gender identity can be “really scary,” they say. “In my mind, gender just isn’t something that feels fixed, and I don’t know if it ever will be; there might always be some fluidity there for me.” Corrin is focused, they say, on building a queer and trans community. Taking to Instagram helps on that front: “If you have a platform and you’re able to use it, that’s obviously so important—and I met some incredible people through it.”

Dating life:
“I like people,” but also fondly remembering a date they went on not long after they came out that served as a kind of entrée to a new world. “My first date with a girl, they were like, Oh! You’re a baby queer! It was amazing. We actually didn’t end up seeing each other again, but she really gave me the lowdown.” Corrin has also dated men and admits they’ve occasionally felt “intense pressure” to justify their LGBTQ+ identity: “I’m working out all this complex gender and sexuality stuff. And yet, I’m seeing a guy? That feels very juxtaposed, even if I’m very happy.”

Their family was supportive: “I started dating a girl and told my mum, and then my little brother DM’d me saying, ‘Hey, I wanted to say welcome, because I’ve been bi for ages.’ ” Corrin says they are consistently amazed by the fluidity and ease of their younger brother’s peer group, noting, “the next generation is so much more chill. They are finding a way to express themselves which is less binary in a very organic way. While we’re almost caught in between.”

Playing characters who wear corsets & pointy bras: “I remember struggling with having to wear bras in Chatterley and as Marion, but it’s quite difficult, because I’m not Emma, right? I’m an actor, and I have a job to do,” they say, noting that working with a queer dresser on the set of My Policeman was a comfort. “My dresser and I really had a laugh about me putting on these 1960s bras.”

[From Vogue]

I wondered about that last part, whether Emma would still take on roles which are “traditionally feminine,” roles where they would need to wear corsets, dresses, makeup, etc. It sounds like they have a healthy respect for the separation between their gender identity and the roles they’re playing. It reminds me a bit of Asia Kate Dillion, a non-binary actor playing a non-binary character in Billions, donning a wig and a dress for an episode of Billions because their character had to temporarily mask their nonbinary identity for their job. Anyway, it sounds like Emma is very happy to explore and figure out their place in the world and meet new people and expose themselves to new ideas and new ways of living.

Cover & IG courtesy of Vogue.

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  1. Aurora says:

    US Vogue is so artistically lazy. This cover looks like someone snapped it with an iPhone.

    • North of Boston says:

      It is!

      A couple of years ago I signed up for the print edition of Vogue Italia because I really wanted to be able to see an artistic fashion magazine, hold it in my hands and enjoy the beautiful fashion and pictures. It was enormously disappointing that I could never get them to get my US address entered accurately enough so that the issues actually got delivered. I hope someone Somewhere in the global postal system got to enjoy looking through it.

      But the online stuff alone was worlds better that US Vogue

      (life was crazy for me at the time, they have some middleman distribution thing that was hard to get through to and I am not very good with the Italian language so i wasn’t very effective at following up about it)

    • mia girl says:


      Emma Corrin is such an interesting person and Vogue gave them a Marie Claire cover.

  2. Lahim says:

    Just so you know, Dan Levy is a nepotism baby who grew up with a very famous dad by Canadian standards, he is known to act entitled and rude, and in the tv world of Ontario he has a horrible reputation of treating everyone who works for him cruelly and dismissively. He’s not this golden child.

    • Moneypenny424 says:

      That’s a shame. We know he’s a nepotism baby (his dad is very famous in the US too and we saw them together on Schitt’s Creek), but he seems like a nice, witty person. Hopefully he’s grown.

    • SuzieQ says:

      This is a bummer to read. Dan Levy’s entry into the business definitely was eased by his dad, but he’s legitimately talented.

  3. Red says:

    Their new movie with Harry Styles is definitely something people are side eyeing. It’s written by a straight white woman about a man who’s secretly gay and falls in love with his coworker, both policeman, in the 50/60’s. I know many gay men who are upset about this movie making police seem more relatable/empathetic, specifically written from a woman who would have no idea what this would be like.

  4. jferber says:

    Well, they are frigging adorable (I can’t stop using that word today). The second picture is everything.

    • Anners says:

      Aren’t they? If they’re ever re-booting A Midsummer Night’s Dream, it would be a crime if Emma wasn’t cast as Puck.

    • Lucy says:

      They really are adorable! I loved Emma’s portrayal of Dianna on the Crown. I’m excited for them to be in more things.

  5. J ferber says:

    Anners, yes. And they would be perfect as the Artful Dodger in a production of Oliver Twist.