Author Philippa Gregory has built a career telling stories about English royalty, in novels like “
But that doesn’t mean she gives a fig about
Gregory, an unabashed feminist whose novels tend to be told from a female perspective, was asked by a reporter Friday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour whether she hoped the royal baby would be a girl.
“I’m utterly indifferent about
That turned out to be not be entirely true, however, as Gregory went on to say she was relieved the child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge turned out to be a boy. "It's going to have a terrible life, but if it was a girl, it would be a nightmare."
The bodice-ripping "The White Queen" is set during the War of the Roses and tells the story of Elizabeth Woodville, a commoner who went on to marry King Edward IV. It stars Max Irons and Rebecca Ferguson as the royal couple, who are as hot for each other as they are for power.
Though the series, a British-American co-production with the
As Starz CEO Chris Albrecht put it, "Women are underserved in the premium space."
Despite obvious similarities to "Game of Thrones" -- which was itself inspired by the War of the Roses -- "The White Queen" differs in its focus on female characters rather than bloody battle sequences.
Once Elizabeth ascends to power, she becomes locked in a three-way struggle with two other women, Margaret Beaufort (Amanda Hale) and Anne Neville (Faye Marsay), vying for the throne.
"One of the reasons I'm so proud about this series is we're telling women's stories," Gregory said.
Asked whether his famous father, Jeremy, objected to his bottom-baring scenes, Max Irons displayed some of that trademark British wit: "If he did have a problem with it, I would just refer him to his back catalog."