Exclusive with Elizabeth Hurley who rules in E!'s juicy new drama "The Royals"

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15 March 2015

E!, 10:00 PM ET

Love, lust, hate and revenge. Not words one normally thinks of when discussing the royal family. Well, maybe not the royal family, but these words will definitely enter your lexicon when discussing “The Royals,” E’s decadent drama premiering Sunday.

Elizabeth Hurley is resplendent as Queen Helena, the matriarch of this fi ctional royal family, and her commanding and controlling persona is one part Princess Diana’s charm and grace mixed with one part Cruella De Vil’s wickedness. Hurley says that she’s relishing playing royalty and admits that as a child, she spent hours playing princess.

“My little brother would be my page boy who would have to shuffl e behind me,” she laughs. And now, as queen, she reveals, “On the shallow side, you do sit there in your crown and your diamonds on your throne and think, ‘Yeah, it feels pretty good actually, I’m really enjoying this.’ It’s good to be queen a few hours a day.”

For the Queen of England (even the fictional one), duty and honor mean everything. Unfortunately for Helena, it’s anarchy in the monarchy as this family seems constantly embroiled in tabloid scandal, thanks to the questionable wardrobe choices of Princess Eleanor (Alexandra Park) and the playboy life choices of Prince Liam (William Moseley). “She wants Princess Eleanor, she wants Prince Liam to just be fabulous and wonderful examples to the world. And, of course, in her opinion, they fail her miserably all the time,” says Hurley.

Despite the show’s pomp and poshness (and there’s lots of both), at the center of the series is a family drama as the queen tries to control the image of her family while her children learn to shoulder the responsibilities of their positions. “It’s just a family, at the end,” says Hurley. “We just happen to be the most famous family in the world, but it is just a family. When we sit around the kitchen table, snapping at each other, it’s like our own families, really. It’s just that we’re wearing crowns.”

“The Royals” is E’s first foray into a scripted TV series, and the network is so gobsmacked by the results from “One Tree Hill” creator Mark Schwahn that the series has been greenlit for its second season before the fi rst one has even premiered.

From the network that is a source for celebrity news and turned the Kardashian family into stars, “The Royals” is scandalous and opulent fun that shines as TV’s newest guilty pleasure.

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