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

Transcript

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On that first job I had a terrible time
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and I was really bad in it.
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I played a werewolf's ex-fiancee who had epilepsy
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and I wore like a really hideous
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little shiny coat with a fur hood.
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I remember the director shouting at me
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It's time to start acting now, darling!
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I had no idea what I was doing,
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but it was sort of a baptism of fire.
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There are my memories, for that job.
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Crown came about kind of in the normal way, I suppose.
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I just got sent the script and, I mean, it was slightly odd,
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I was five months pregnant when I got sent it.
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And all the time, I was thinking
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This is never going to happen.
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It was getting more and more ridiculous
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the more pregnant I got, going in for these auditions
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pretending to be the Queen of England.
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It was just really surreal. (laughs)
00:42
And then they offered it to me, and I really had to
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make a kind of really serious life decision at that point
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because I didn't know what state
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I was going to be in after having a child.
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I would've always wanted to go back to work after
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having a child, it was just I went in at the deep end.
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She just wore girdles, but I had to wear,
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I mean the Queen does, but I had to wear a corset
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because I had quite a lot of baby weight in the beginning.
01:04
The thing I really noticed, looking back now,
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I've got quite a significantly padded brassiere on.
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Because the first series it was all my own work.
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I've never done anything like it.
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The second time round, they were like
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Oh, where have they gone?
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And I was like I know, they've gone.
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Yeah, the first time around I did a lot of my own
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kind of Queen breast work, it was very-- (laughing)
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Oh, she'd be so ashamed of me!
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You know, they are mysterious by nature.
01:30
We definitely know that certain members of the royal family
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have watched it, and we definitely know
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that certain members of the household have watched it.
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We have people on set who have worked for the Royal House.
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There are press secretaries who would want to be across it,
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I suppose, to find out what we'd done.
01:43
They were definitely aware of it.
01:45
Whether they've watched an entire 10 hours of their life
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repeated back at them, I'm not sure.
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We have an amazing man on set, Major David,
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who is incredibly vigilant about
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That footman would never open that door, or, you know,
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Badges would never be on at that angle,
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so we have someone who's constantly checking
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that we're doing the right thing,
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'cause we'd never get it right on our own.
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We need, like an overlord telling us what to do.
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And there's rumors of what she keeps in her handbag.
02:08
Someone once told me that she keeps dog biscuits in there!
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I bet she's got allsorts in there.
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I quite like the idea of her keeping dog biscuits in there.
02:15
We have our corgis, and we have an interesting relationship
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with the corgis because they are
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an interesting breed of dog.
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Every day they're on set something exciting happens.
02:25
They don't really breed them anymore
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because they're just a bit mean, a bit yappy.
02:29
They're quite kind of mean-spirited doggies, I mean.
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Corgis and doggies, it's just too much, I can't take it.
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I recently re-watched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,
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and I would say Jack Nicholson, but my mom has always said
02:44
that my dad looks like Jack Nicholson, so I can't.
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So all I will say is that I think he is
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the most charming, charismatic, alive person
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I have ever seen on screen, and I just love him.
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Pathetically, Mark Ruffalo, yeah, handsome devil.
03:02
I can Irish dance.
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I went to an all girls grammar school in England
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and one of my friends, Faye Hidence, she was one of
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kind of five Irish, and I'm from an Irish family.
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We did Riverdance (laughs) for the school talent contest
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like three years in a row, we never won,
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but I always took it deeply seriously
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and felt incredibly moved by the music.
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All us girls had to come in in a line in the back
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and I was always really bouncy
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and a bit over-enthusiastic, and I always wanted to be
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the one who was being Michael Flatley, but I was terrible.
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(laughing) I was awful!
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It's not a skill though, I mean what can I use it for?
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It just comes out every once in a while at family weddings,
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or my grandad says Put the Diddley Diddley on
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and then I just let rip.
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I've gone bright red, it's not,
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it's not a skill, (laughing) it's not a skill.