By all accounts, Allison Janney had a lot of fun at the British Academy Film Awards on February 18. After winning the Best Supporting Actress award for her darkly comic role as LaVona Harding in I, Tonya, she also managed to make time to talk with Prince William and Kate Middleton. She greeted the couple in bare feet, because her heels were painful, and if anyone can get away with exploring the Royal Albert Hall with no shoes on, it’s Allison Janney.
Her lack of footwear set a hilarious tone for her encounter with the royals. "I did meet Kate and William, and she was in her heels and pregnant, so I felt like a bit of a wimp that I was there in my bare feet," she told James Corden on The Late Late Show.
"She was in full-on heels, and she was my height when I was in my bare feet. It was kind of extraordinary that she’s that tall," she added. (Kate is five feet, nine inches tall, and Allison is six feet tall.) "I told her that I was in bare feet, and I told her that she should take her shoes off ‘cause she’s pregnant. It was an awkward moment."
The actress went on to reveal that she accidentally breached royal protocol in her conversation with Kate — she called her "honey" rather than the usual royal address of "your royal highness" or "ma’am." "That might not have been royal etiquette," Allison told Corden. We doubt Kate took offense to the name; the excitement of winning a BAFTA would surely make anyone momentarily lose their cool.
After the ceremony, Allison also weighed in on the conversation surrounding the Kate's choice of a green dress rather than a black one. "I would never judge anyone’s choice," she told Digital Spy. "I think she looked absolutely beautiful, and I’m so happy for her, and I think she’s an extraordinary woman... She can wear whatever she wants to wear."
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