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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

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Transcript

00:03
On that first job I had a terrible time
00:05
and I was really bad in it.
00:07
I played a werewolf's exfiancee who had epilepsy
00:13
and I wore like a really hideous
00:15
little shiny coat with a fur hood.
00:16
I remember the director shouting at me
00:18
"It's time to start acting now, darling!"
00:20
I had no idea what I was doing,
00:22
but it was sort of a baptism of fire.
00:23
There are my memories, for that job.
00:26
Crown came about kind of in the normal way, I suppose.
00:28
I just got sent the script and, I mean, it was slightly odd,
00:31
I was five months pregnant when I got sent it.
00:33
And all the time, I was thinking
00:34
"This is never going to happen."
00:36
It was getting more and more ridiculous
00:37
the more pregnant I got, going in for these auditions
00:39
pretending to be the Queen of England.
00:41
It was just really surreal. [laughs]
00:42
And then they offered it to me, and I really had to
00:44
make a kind of really serious life decision at that point
00:48
because I didn't know what state
00:50
I was going to be in after having a child.
00:51
I would've always wanted to go back to work after
00:53
having a child, it was just I went in at the deep end.
00:55
She just wore girdles, but I had to wear,
00:58
I mean the Queen does, but I had to wear a corset
01:00
because I had quite a lot of baby weight in the beginning.
01:04
The thing I really noticed, looking back now,
01:06
I've got quite a significantly padded brassiere on.
01:11
Because the first series it was all my own work.
01:14
I've never done anything like it.
01:15
The second time round, they were like
01:16
"Oh, where have they gone?"
01:18
And I was like "I know, they've gone".
01:19
Yeah, the first time around I did a lot of my own
01:21
kind of Queen breast work, it was very [laughing]
01:24
Oh, she'd be so ashamed of me!
01:26
You know, they are mysterious by nature.
01:30
We definitely know that certain members of the royal family
01:32
have watched it, and we definitely know
01:34
that certain members of the household have watched it.
01:36
We have people on set who have worked for the Royal House.
01:39
There are press secretaries who would want to be across it,
01:42
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
01:48
repeated back at them, I'm not sure.
01:50
We have an amazing man on set, Major David,
01:52
who is incredibly vigilant about
01:55
"That footman would never open that door," or, you know,
01:57
"Badges would never be on at that angle,"
01:58
so we have someone who's constantly checking
02:00
that we're doing the right thing,
02:01
'cause we'd never get it right on our own.
02:03
We need, like an overlord telling us what to do.
02:06
And there's rumors of what she keeps in her handbag.
02:08
Someone once told me that she keeps dog biscuits in there!
02:11
I bet she's got allsorts in there.
02:13
I quite like the idea of her keeping dog biscuits in there.
02:15
We have our corgis, and we have an interesting relationship
02:18
with the corgis because they are
02:21
an interesting breed of dog.
02:23
Every day they're on set something exciting happens.
02:25
They don't really breed them anymore
02:26
because they're just a bit mean, a bit yappy.
02:29
They're quite kind of meanspirited doggies, I mean.
02:33
Corgis and doggies, it's just too much, I can't take it.
02:37
I recently rewatched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,
02:42
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.
02:47
So all I will say is that I think he is
02:50
the most charming, charismatic, alive person
02:54
I have ever seen on screen, and I just love him.
02:58
Pathetically, Mark Ruffalo, yeah, handsome devil.
03:02
I can Irish dance.
03:04
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
03:12
kind of five Irish, and I'm from an Irish family.
03:15
We did Riverdance [laughs] for the school talent contest
03:19
like three years in a row, we never won,
03:22
but I always took it deeply seriously
03:25
and felt incredibly moved by the music.
03:28
All us girls had to come in in a line in the back
03:30
and I was always really bouncy
03:32
and a bit overenthusiastic, and I always wanted to be
03:35
the one who was being Michael Flatley, but I was terrible.
03:40
[laughing] I was awful!
03:41
It's not a skill though, I mean what can I use it for?
03:43
It just comes out every once in a while at family weddings,
03:46
or my grandad says "Put the Diddley Diddley on"
03:48
and then I just let rip.
03:50
I've gone bright red, it's not,
03:53
it's not a skill, [laughing] it's not a skill.