Golden Globe-winning actress Claire Foy, star of Netflix’s The Crown, is the cover star of Town & Country’s October 2017 issue (on newsstands September 12). In the issue, Foy opens up to T&C on her rise to fame, how she feels about Queen Elizabeth II watching The Crown, and what she has planned for life after she departs the hit-series.
On playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown and the idea of Her Majesty watching the show: “I would hate the idea of her watching it. When you’re playing a real person, you never want to be ghoulish. I don’t want to pick apart a person. I want to invent someone. So I would hate for her to watch it and think I overdramatized anything.” On her rise to fame: “I’ve never been a particularly ambitious actor. I was eager to do great things, but I never was like, ‘What I have to do is become massive.’ I just thought, maybe I’ll do a job here and there, and that I’ll be nice and I’ll move on to a different stage of my life.” On her experience at the Golden Globes: “The Golden Globes were really weird—absolutely amazing, but strange, because suddenly, without me knowing, while I’ve been busy working, people felt like I belonged in that room. And I’d be like, ‘No, you don’t understand. I haven’t changed, it’s still just me.’ There was definitely a moment after the awards where I needed to be alone in a dark room to try to understand what’s happening. I never got that moment. I got a martini and cracked on.” On her upcoming departure from The Crown (the show plans to change its cast every two seasons to depict the royal family at different points in time): “I’m in massive denial. I don’t feel like it’s over. I’m waiting for it to hit me at some point that this stage of my life is finished, but it hasn’t happened yet.” On life after The Crown—and her forthcoming films: “At this juncture I think it will find me. I think it will be a good time to sit down and take stock of what I want to do, which is possibly not acting, or where I want to go—all of those things you don’t really have time to think about when you’re working. I’ll probably have to consider all of that at some point, but not quite yet.” Andrew Garfield on working opposite Claire in the upcoming feature film Breathe: “One of the great experiences of my creative life was getting to build this relationship and these characters with Claire. I was incredibly grateful and reassured every day working with Claire, because she’s so open and devoted to the truth.”
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About Claire Foy
Claire Elizabeth Foy (born 16 April 1984) is an English actress. She studied drama and screen studies at Liverpool John Moores University and trained at the Oxford School of Drama, where she appeared in four plays, including Watership Down. She made her screen debut in the pilot episode of Being Human (2008) and in an episode of the BBC soap opera Doctors (2008). Following her professional stage debut at the Royal National Theatre, she played the title role in the BBC One production of Little Dorrit, (2008), and made her film debut as Anna in Season of the Witch (2011).
She had main roles as Erin Matthews in the Channel 4 series The Promise (2011) and several other television films and miniseries, including as Kate Balfour in the NBC series Crossbones (2014). She received unanimous praise for her performance as Anne Boleyn in BBC2’s Wolf Hall (2015), for which she was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress and the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries. Since 2016, she has portrayed the young Queen Elizabeth II on the Netflix series The Crown, a role for which she has received critical acclaim and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, and was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
In 2015, she played Queen Anne Boleyn in the six-part drama series, Wolf Hall. Starring opposite Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis, Foy’s performance of the doomed Queen was met with unanimous praise, with some critics comparing her to Geneviève Bujold‘s iconic performance in Anne of the Thousand Days. The Guardian called her portrayal of Anne “chilling, poised and perfectly complex”. Foy would go on to be nominated for the 2016 British Academy Television Award for Best Actress.
Foy is married to actor Stephen Campbell Moore. Together they have one child, a daughter born in March 2015. [Wikipedia]
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