from Scotsman / by Chitra Ramaswamy
WE’RE not going to be able to avoid Claire Foy this month, which is a very good thing. The 27-year-old English actor, recently chosen by PJ Harvey as her rising star of 2012, is on our screens in two flagship BBC series. In one she is very nasty, and in the other she is very nice. Well, very normal anyway.
The first is Upstairs Downstairs, in which Foy has already appeared as Lady Persie, the bonkers, fascist, Nazi-sympathising bad egg of the “upstairs” lot. The second is Paula Milne’s new drama White Heat, an ambitious saga spanning four decades in Britain that promises to do for its young, hip cast what Our Friends In The North did for Daniel Craig, Christopher Eccleston, Mark Strong and Gina McKee. This time Foy plays Charlotte, a red-haired, hot-blooded, middle-class feminist who pitches up at a north London student house in the 1960s.
“She is relatively normal, which is unusual for me,” says Foy. “A lot of the characters I’ve played are a certain way, at a certain moment. Charlotte is just a middle class girl going through life. She has a similar background to me and is even from the same area of Buckinghamshire. It’s terrifying playing someone who is very close to you. You can’t really do anything to prepare. I didn’t know what I was doing. But I’m really proud of it. I think it’s amazing. And I loved playing her. She is this normal, contradictory girl with the most massive balls.”
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Her luminous good looks made her the star of Little Dorrit and Upstairs Downstairs. As she prepares to light up our TV screens once again, Claire Foy talks to Gerard Gilbert.
Claire Foy is running late for her interview in the first-floor private dining room of a north London pub, finally phoning to say: “I’m downstairs”. “And I’m upstairs,” I reply, which is all very droll because Foy is of course one of the stars of Upstairs Downstairs, BBC1’s reconstituted version of the Seventies ITV classic about toffs and servants. Except that today the toffs are downstairs, or rather the cast of ‘scripted reality’ show Made in Chelsea are shooting an advert for the fashion chain River Island. “How exciting,” says Foy when she puts her head round the door. “It’s Made in Chelsea downstairs… I can’t believe it.”
What chance the cast of Made in Chelsea returning the compliment: “It’s Claire Foy upstairs… we can’t believe it”? Have they even heard of her? The difference is that while the solipsistic Sloanes are chasing fame for its own sake, celebrity is a by-product of Foy’s job. She is, however, the real class act in this building, a fact momentarily disguised by her munching a Danish pastry from a paper bag. “Breakfast,” she says between bites. “I’m lucky I have a fast metabolism… my whole family does… everyone’s got a lot of nervous energy so we burn it off.” Continue reading A class act: Claire Foy on criticism, tumours and embarrassing sex scenes
Claire Foy has revealed she went on a Nicolas Cage hunt while filming her new period drama The Night Watch.
The Upstairs, Downstairs star worked with Cage on the film Season Of The Witch, and while filming on location in Bath, where she knew he had a home, decided to try and track him down.
Claire said: “I did walk around the crescent where he lives going, ‘Nic, Niiiiiic!’ in the hope he would open his door.”
She added: “He’s a lovely man. When I first met, him he strode across the car park and went, ‘I’m so glad you’re doing this movie’. I thought, ‘Oh my God, are you mad?’ It was such a bizarre experience. I couldn’t think of what to say, because Nicolas Cage saying he’s glad that I’m doing the film that he’s doing was just a bit odd.”
Continue reading Foy: My search for Nicolas Cage
Please DO NOT click to view the images if you haven’t seen the film yet, because they’re obviously beyond spoilerish! Proceed at your own risk!
Many thanks to my friend Annie.
– Season of the Witch (2011): Blu-ray Screencaptures
It’s been a while since ‘Season of the Witch‘ celebrated its premiere in New York but we hadn’t posted this lovely interview with Claire Foy on the red carpet before – so enjoy!
-Interviews/News Segments: Movie Files | Season of the Witch | New York Premiere
Directed by Dominic Sena (Gone in Sixty Seconds, Swordfish), Season of the Witch comes to Blu-ray and DVD June 28 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and includes a shocking alternate ending, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, commentaries (Blu-ray only) and more.
Season of the Witch was released theatrically by Relativity Media and produced by Atlas Entertainment.
Season of the Witch was released January 7th, 2011 and stars Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Stephen Campbell Moore, Stephen Graham, Ulrich Thomsen, Claire Foy, Robert Sheehan, Christopher Lee. The film is directed by Dominic Sena.
I’ve also been adding lots of foreign posters for Season of the Witch and high quality photos of our most recent events. Take a look at our last uploads. 😉
– Upstairs Downstairs: Production Stills
– Upstairs Downstairs: Promotion
If you’re not yet familiar with Claire Foy, you soon will be. Having starred in dramas Little Dorrit and Upstairs Downstairs and been earmarked for stardom by trend bible Vogue, she’s currently starring in a Hollywood blockbuster with Nicolas Cage, Season of the Witch. But it’s her latest role, in Peter Kosminsky’s new drama The Promise, that has made the biggest impact on Foy.
She plays Erin, an 18-year-old visiting Israel for the first time. She’s following in the footsteps of her grandfather Len, a soldier in the British army in Palestine during the Mandate period who kept a diary of his turbulent time there.
It’s a powerful tale of love, war and betrayal, telling the stories of both Erin and Len – two young people caught up in the same struggle more than 60 years apart.
Here, Foy reveals her passion for the project, and explains why she’d like to burn every costume she’s ever worn.
What was it that drew you to The Promise?
I remember the very first audition very clearly. I got sent 25 scenes, and was asked to prepare all of them, which is what Peter does, God love him. It was so much work.
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Huge thanks to Lorna. 😀
– Magazine Scans from 2011: Times Playlist (UK) – February 5-11, 2011
– Magazine Scans from 2011: Glamour (UK) – March 2011
I want to be an actress not a celebrity I don’t want to get involved with that whole circuit, it’s not me. I’ve been to a couple of red-carpet events; everyone’s taking your photo, and you know one person there. It feels strange, like arriving at a party with no friends in sight. Why would you do that?
I embarrass myself on a daily basis Particularly after I’ve had a glass of wine. All of a sudden I think that what I have to say is really important, so I end up telling people how to run their lives. I’m lucky that my friends know me well enough to say, “Claire, shut up.”
I feel very lucky I’ve worked in supermarkets, put tags in baseball caps and provided security during Wimbledon, but I never thought acting would be something I’d be any good at, or make a living from. Continue reading Claire Foy: ‘I’ve surprised myself by not behaving like a massive knob’
– Season of the Witch (2010): Production Stills
The next installment of Paranormal Activity won’t hit theaters for a while, but a spooky period piece will keep you jolted in the meantime. It’s Season of the Witch, the film about medieval knights who transport a young – and possibly demonic – woman to her Witch Trial. And it’s scary / creepy / gross / all the things that make going to a big action movie with a pack of Gummi Worms fun.
We sat down with the movie’s two young British stars, who share screen time with Nicholas Cage and a lot of fire, blood, and dirt.
– Photoshoots: Nylon (2011)
Continue reading The Insiders: Claire Foy and Robert Sheehan
Whilst attending the after party for her latest blockbuster, Season of the Witch, British actress Claire Foy was dressed to impress in Yigal Azrouel dress in New York on Tuesday.
Proving that long lengths are sticking around for yet another season, the rising young star rocked the formal floorlength gown, complete with a contrasting sheer white upper body and statement black waistband – not to mention a seductive thigh high split – with an air of effortless elegance and a subtle sexiness to boot.
And teaming her look with black accessories, Foy certainly knows how to turn pared-down minimalism into one massive style statement – and with a slick of vibrant red lippy, this British beauty proves she’s got what it takes in the style stakes.
So keep your eyes peeled for this up-and coming-fashionista – she’s definitely one to watch for 2011.
Earlier this week I got a chance to go to the press conference for the new supernatural thriller, “Season of the Witch,” with actors Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Claire Foy, Robert Sheehan, and Stephen Campbell Moore. Aside from actors being covered in bacon and attacked by wolves, I’d really like to know more about Ron Perlman’s hotel habits. I never thought I would, but I do.
This film is rooted in the time of the Crusades. What themes in the film do you think are relevant to today?
Nicolas Cage: I think there are enormous parallels to be made in politics and religion, but I don’t want to draw them. I’ll leave it up to you guys to sort that out.
Ron Perlman: Very, very good answer. Continue reading ‘Season Of The Witch’ Press Day
Claire Foy wore Charlotte Olympia’s undeniably glamorous Dolly heels to the Season of the Witch premiere. The black canvas heels feature pointy toes and knockout gold platforms.
Claire paired the shoes with a gray and white minimalist evening dress. A simple yet chic black hard case clutch finishes off the lovely look.
Claire Foy styled her brunette locks in a loose bun complete with soft curls. Her chic ‘do was the perfect way to accent her sheer top.
Claire finished off her look with rosy red lips and fluttering lashes.
There’s a question looming at the blackened heart of Season of the Witch, and it drives the entire film.
Is Claire Foy’s character a witch, or isn’t she? Well, you’ll have to find out for yourself when the movie hits theaters on Friday January 7, 2011…
Perfectly complicating that puzzle, Foy seamlessly teeters between seemingly evil and sensitively vulnerable. It’s a rather delicate performance from the actress. While mired in the midst of all kinds of supernatural madness and heroic bravado from Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman, Foy remains creepy, cool, and captivating, conjuring a mystical presence all her own. She’s one reason why it’s so fun to fall into Season of the Witch.
Claire Foy sat down for an exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino about Season of the Witch, listening to Massive Attack to become evil, her playlist and so much more! Continue reading Claire Foy of ‘Season of the Witch’ Talks Massive Attack, Witches and Bruce Springsteen
EDIT: PLENTY of new photos, most of them high quality, will be added to our gallery later in the evening.
– Events: “Season Of The Witch” New York Premiere
– Events: “Season of the Witch” New York After Party
Claire Foy might be a relative unknown in the United States, but the 26-year-old actress will soon put American audiences under her spell as she stars opposite Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman in the new supernatural thriller “Season of the Witch.”
Not a bad pair of co-stars for her first Hollywood outing. So, naturally, one would assume that she’d have amassed some crazy stories Nic Cage has become known for recently. “No, really disappointingly,” Foy, who plays a character simply known as “The Girl,” laments. “Nic was just always such a gentleman and probably really well behaved around me.”
But despite the lack of classic Cage antics, the English beauty still had a great time in the role—though she makes sure to leave the spellbinding at work after filming wraps. “It scares me a little bit, the idea of it,” she says. ”But I’ve always been the sort of person who believes in ghosts and those sort of things. I definitely have respect for everything like that but it’s not something I ever want to look into in depth.”
That’s probably for the best considering “Season of the Witch” was not her first on screen run-in with the occult, but we’ll let “Foyster Oyster” fill you in herself. Meet Claire Foy. Continue reading NextFactor: Claire Foy
Will 2011 be the year of Claire Foy? She’s getting an early-enough start: The 26-year-old British actress makes her big-screen debut this week in Season of the Witch, starring as a nameless, possibly accursed young woman whom a pair of 14th-century knights (Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman) must transport to an abbey in the hopes of curbing the Black Plague. If only it were that easy: One misfortune and suspicion after another befalls the knights’ quest, threatening them, their cargo, and maybe the entirety of human civilization. All in a day’s work, right?
Foy’s breakthrough follows a flurry of high-profile TV roles, including her turn as the title character in the BBC’s acclaimed miniseries adaptation of the Dickens novel Little Dorrit. Movieline caught up with Foy recently to discuss Season of the Witch, why Cage might be a little misunderstood, and a couple other, older Hollywood legends she wouldn’t mind having a crack at in front of the camera. Continue reading Claire Foy on ‘Season of the Witch’, Dream Roles and Why Nicolas Cage Isn’t Crazy