Claire Foy Was Very, Very Pregnant When She Auditioned for The Crown
In a new video interview, British actress Claire Foy talks about how she got her role in The Crown, what it was like to go back to work after having a baby, and why she has a celebrity crush on Mark Ruffalo.
Released on 7/12/2017
On that first job I had a terrible time
and I was really bad in it.
I played a werewolf's ex-fiancee who had epilepsy
and I wore like a really hideous
little shiny coat with a fur hood.
I remember the director shouting at me
It's time to start acting now, darling!
I had no idea what I was doing,
but it was sort of a baptism of fire.
There are my memories, for that job.
Crown came about kind of in the normal way, I suppose.
I just got sent the script and, I mean, it was slightly odd,
I was five months pregnant when I got sent it.
And all the time, I was thinking
This is never going to happen.
It was getting more and more ridiculous
the more pregnant I got, going in for these auditions
pretending to be the Queen of England.
It was just really surreal. (laughs)
And then they offered it to me, and I really had to
make a kind of really serious life decision at that point
because I didn't know what state
I was going to be in after having a child.
I would've always wanted to go back to work after
having a child, it was just I went in at the deep end.
She just wore girdles, but I had to wear,
I mean the Queen does, but I had to wear a corset
because I had quite a lot of baby weight in the beginning.
The thing I really noticed, looking back now,
I've got quite a significantly padded brassiere on.
Because the first series it was all my own work.
I've never done anything like it.
The second time round, they were like
Oh, where have they gone?
And I was like I know, they've gone.
Yeah, the first time around I did a lot of my own
kind of Queen breast work, it was very-- (laughing)
Oh, she'd be so ashamed of me!
You know, they are mysterious by nature.
We definitely know that certain members of the royal family
have watched it, and we definitely know
that certain members of the household have watched it.
We have people on set who have worked for the Royal House.
There are press secretaries who would want to be across it,
I suppose, to find out what we'd done.
They were definitely aware of it.
Whether they've watched an entire 10 hours of their life
repeated back at them, I'm not sure.
We have an amazing man on set, Major David,
who is incredibly vigilant about
That footman would never open that door, or, you know,
Badges would never be on at that angle,
so we have someone who's constantly checking
that we're doing the right thing,
'cause we'd never get it right on our own.
We need, like an overlord telling us what to do.
And there's rumors of what she keeps in her handbag.
Someone once told me that she keeps dog biscuits in there!
I bet she's got allsorts in there.
I quite like the idea of her keeping dog biscuits in there.
We have our corgis, and we have an interesting relationship
with the corgis because they are
an interesting breed of dog.
Every day they're on set something exciting happens.
They don't really breed them anymore
because they're just a bit mean, a bit yappy.
They're quite kind of mean-spirited doggies, I mean.
Corgis and doggies, it's just too much, I can't take it.
I recently re-watched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,
and I would say Jack Nicholson, but my mom has always said
that my dad looks like Jack Nicholson, so I can't.
So all I will say is that I think he is
the most charming, charismatic, alive person
I have ever seen on screen, and I just love him.
Pathetically, Mark Ruffalo, yeah, handsome devil.
I can Irish dance.
I went to an all girls grammar school in England
and one of my friends, Faye Hidence, she was one of
kind of five Irish, and I'm from an Irish family.
We did Riverdance (laughs) for the school talent contest
like three years in a row, we never won,
but I always took it deeply seriously
and felt incredibly moved by the music.
All us girls had to come in in a line in the back
and I was always really bouncy
and a bit over-enthusiastic, and I always wanted to be
the one who was being Michael Flatley, but I was terrible.
(laughing) I was awful!
It's not a skill though, I mean what can I use it for?
It just comes out every once in a while at family weddings,
or my grandad says Put the Diddley Diddley on
and then I just let rip.
I've gone bright red, it's not,
it's not a skill, (laughing) it's not a skill.