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The Crown star looks unrecognisable in new role - and fans can't take it

Fans have gone wild!

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Nicky Morris
TV and film writer
October 19, 2021
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The Crown’s Gillian Anderson shared a first look at her new role of Catherine the Great’s mother, Joanna, in season two of The Great - and fans are going crazy for it!

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Taking to Twitter, Gillian shared an image of herself in character, wearing a flamboyant gown and a large wig. She captioned the photo: "Did someone say mother?"

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Fans have been sharing their excitement in the comments, and their responses have been hilarious. One fan wrote: "Gillian please some of us are weak," while another added: "OMG I CAN HARDLY WAIT!"

One phrase, in particular, has been flooding the comments section and has even caught the attention of Gillian herself. Fans are writing: "mommy? sorry, mommy? sorry, mommy??", echoing a current TikTok trend which involves people writing this comment under videos of attractive women.

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Gillian quickly responded to one of the many comments, replying, "Yes?", which sent fans into an even bigger frenzy. One fan wrote: "You are literally the best I’m crying," while another said: "GILLIAN ARE YOU JOKING ME RN I CAN’T."

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Gillian sent fans into a frenzy with this first look photo

The satirical comedy-drama, loosely based on Catherine the Great’s rise to power, follows Catherine (played by Elle Fanning) in her youth and her marriage to depraved husband Emperor Peter III (played by Nicholas Hoult).

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The second season of the popular Hulu show will see Catherine finally take her throne and focus on her attempts to bring the Age of Enlightenment to Russia.  She will battle her court, her team and her mother in a bid to liberate her country.

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Filming for season two wrapped earlier this year

The upcoming season wrapped in July this year, and Elle took to Instagram to celebrate the end of filming. Sharing an image of herself and Nicholas in costume as Catherine and Peter, Elle wrote: "Season two of The Great has officially wrapped. Wow. What a tremendous feat filming in a global pandemic. I am eternally grateful for the crew that kept us all safe and going.

"This season is going to be WILLLLDDDD! I love them with all my heart. Cannot wait for you to see what we have cooked up!"

Season two of The Great will premiere on November 19 on Hulu.

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