By JEREMY EGNER
Claire Foy received her first Emmy nomination on Thursday for a role that she’s already done playing.
The British actress originated the role of Queen Elizabeth II in “The Crown,” the Netflix drama that earned 13 nominations, including Ms. Foy’s for best lead actress in a drama series. Shooting has finished on Season 2, which will debut later this year, and any later seasons will feature a new actress in the role as the character ages.
“It’s still very much like it’s part of my life because it hasn’t aired yet and there’s still some postproduction,” Ms. Foy said Thursday. “When I start my next job I’ll kind of go, ‘Aww.’ That will be the moment it’s over and I know I’ll never play her again.”
Ms. Foy called from London to discuss the nomination, Season 2 of the drama and what Queen Elizabeth II has in common with James Bond. The interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.
Why do you think “The Crown” resonated beyond Britain?
I think this family is universal in the sense that people around the world have grown up with them, and been caught up in their family dramas and their lives, and how they changed through time as the world changed. A lot of Americans said to me that after the election, it was, not a relief, but kind of an enjoyable escape about the making of a society and how politics works.
President Trump and Queen Elizabeth II have different leadership styles.
I think that was probably the escapism part.
What was it like to inhabit someone so famous, who has been a presence throughout your entire life?
It was never not going to be weird. You come to it with so many expectations and you have to let go of them; you can’t let them guide you because it could go so wrong. None of us did that. I think that’s why people liked it so much and went along with us — instead of portraying them as the figures, we tried to portray them as people. Continue reading Emmy Nominations 2017: Claire Foy on Queen Elizabeth II and ‘The Crown’
Los Angeles Times – Claire Foy was no stranger to period dramas before portraying Queen Elizabeth II on Netflix’s “The Crown,” having played Anne Boleyn in the miniseries “Wolf Hall” as well as performing in a recent revival of “Upstairs Downstairs.” Perhaps that familiarity is what made her performance such a standout on “The Crown,” which earned 13 Emmy nominations, including Foy’s first in the lead actress in a drama category.
Where are you? Sounds like you’re outside.
I am in Hampstead Heath in London; it’s this big park. I was here when I got the news. My publicist was the first to contact me, and then it was just loads of people — lots of Americans — were contacting me. It’s the middle of the day there, whereas here, people are having dinner and stuff. It’s been lovely.
How are you going to celebrate?
Uh… I don’t… know. I think I’ll probably just save my celebrating when we actually can all get together at the Emmys and sit down and have a good ol’ drink. I’ll bottle up my celebration until September.
That sounds like something that queen would say. That’s a lot of willpower.
Ha! I’ll wait until the big party. I’m not really mad keen with the idea of celebrating, myself, that way we can all celebrate each other and pat ourselves on the back.
You wrapped production on Season 2. How has it been inhabiting this role? Are people recognizing you, or does the period garb make it easier for you to go unnoticed in real life?
We’ve been so overwhelmed by the reaction the show has received. But I don’t really get stopped on the street, to be honest. But most of the reaction I do get is the frantic question of: “When is the next one coming out?”
I also get people who want to blame you because they lost 10 hours of their life. They’ll be like: “I watched it all in one day!” You’re not really sure if you should say, “Thank you” or “I’m sorry.” It’s quite funny that people want to let you know that you took away their time. It just shows that people really appreciate it and enjoy it.
Going into Season 2, was there a greater ease in channeling Queen Elizabeth?
I think you could say it was easier, but at the same time, it’s harder in a way because you have to guard against thinking you know everything about her. All the directors and Peter Morgan really kept on top of us because they didn’t want us to rest on our laurels. And the storylines were more in-depth and complicated. We really felt comfortable, but at the same time tried not to get too comfortable.
How are the corgis?
I love the corgis, but when they’re on set, all bets are off. The corgis have complete creative control. We let them run free. If they want to take a scene in a particular direction, we’ll follow them.
Who are you excited to see on the big night? I really want a selfie of you with the “Stranger Things” kids.
Oh, I love them. They’re amazing. And they’re always the life of the parties, as well. It’s ridiculous. They’re there dancing until like 3 o’clock in the morning. I feel like an absolute ancient old lady next to them. Like, I’m trying to dance and they’re out there being like Justin Timberlake. And I’m a mother trying to dance next to them. But it would be lovely to see them again.
“I’m continually kind of surprised by how much people have loved the show.”
by YOHANA DESTA
Claire Foy has to preserve her phone battery, because it’s dying and she’s far from home. Oh, and she just got an Emmy nomination, which means her line is going to be ringing off the hook for the next several hours. On Thursday morning, the star was tapped for best actress in a drama series for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s sumptuous series The Crown. Foy, who is currently in London, did not watch the nomination livestream, instead preferring to go for an early evening stroll in Hampstead Heath.
“I just got a text message about it, which was lovely,” she tells Vanity Fair.
It’s Foy’s first nomination, and the first of several nominations for the series, which was highlighted in multiple other categories—including outstanding drama series, directing, costume design, and more, as well as an acting nod for her co-star John Lithgow. “Amazing!” Foy says when she’s told, unaware until now of the show’s eventful Hollywood morning. She does let out a small “aw” when she finds out that co-star Jared Harris, who turned in a heartrending performance as King George VI, wasn’t nominated for his work. “It’s so difficult,” she says diplomatically of the Emmys process.
So, how will Foy celebrate her first-ever Emmy nod? By . . . not doing anything, really. “I won’t do any big celebration or anything like that. I’ll just walk across this bloody park for the next few minutes, probably—I’m trying to get out!”
As for how she would celebrate if she was channeling the character she plays? That would also be . . . a lot of nothing, really. “She’d just play it all down,” Foy muses. “I think, that’s her style. She’d just crack on.”
What about the next season of The Crown—which will also be Foy’s last, as Season 3 will jump ahead in the queen’s life? The actress can’t say much about the plot, but she does note that she’s excited for viewers to see the way the show approaches Elizabeth “coming into her middle age.”
“I’m constantly kind of surprised by her . . . she’s like all of us as you get older and as you change through life,” the actress says. “It’s interesting to watch how she approaches that and deals with that as a person as opposed to a monarch.”
Though it was rumored by an insider that the high-profile royal has actually watched The Crown, Foy doesn’t think that’s true, saying she’d prefer to “err on the side of no.”
“The only person who knows is her,” she adds. “I don’t have any direct communication with her, so I’ll never know.”
Mere mortals might also never know if the monarch decides to keep an eye on how The Crown performs at the Emmys this September—though the visual of Queen Elizabeth II tucking into an awards show makes Foy laugh.
The actress plays Queen Elizabeth II on the Netflix drama
Thursday morning, Claire Foy received an Emmy nomination for her performance in Netflix drama The Crown, where she plays Queen Elizabeth II. EW caught up with the actress to see how she reacted to the news.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: This is your first Emmy nomination — you must be super excited.
I feel very, very honored and also a bit all-of-a-fluster. I’ve never been before and I can’t wait.
The Crown was nominated in a few other categories too including best drama series, best supporting actor for John Lithgow, and for best writing and directing. Will you guys be in touch to celebrate? Is there a group text?
We’ll definitely be in touch. We just finished shooting the second season so we probably won’t see each other, but it’s not long to wait — it’s only until September — and we’ll all get together and have a big old party. I’ll definitely be getting in touch with John to say congratulations. But we’ve all just worked together again for a long time so we’re sick of the sight of each other — we’ll all be like, “Yeah, yeah, see you September.”
Looking back at season 1, was there any particular scene or episode that stood out to you and made you realize how big this show was going to be?
I really loved episode 9 (“The Assassins”). I just really thought it was near perfect. That’s the episode when Churchill is having his portrait painted and where Philip and Elizabeth have a real break in their marriage and you start to see the cracks in what they’ve been through. Not that I enjoyed playing that or relished the confrontation, but I felt like I could really get into it at that point and I really enjoyed doing those scenes with Matt [Smith], and Ben Caron, who directed those episodes, was just amazing to work with.
It’s so great because, as a viewer, you’re really rooting for both of them; you want both Elizabeth and Philip to get their way. I just want them to be happy together!
I know! That’s all you want, for them to work things out, but it only gets worse in the second series. It’s like, bloody hell, it’s just awful!
They need to go on another safari and have fun.
Exactly! Go back to Africa! I think that’s why it’s so great; they’re not perfect people, and Peter [Morgan, the series creator] is really good at not trying to paint them that way. I don’t know how he writes these scenes between people who’ve got all sorts of complications and problems and all you want them to do is have a cuddle. Continue reading Claire Foy celebrates Emmy nod, teases ‘completely different’ season 2
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by Lynn Hirschberg
Claire Foy was fairly unknown until 2016, when she changed everyone’s idea of royalty with her role as a coming-of-age Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s The Crown. Foy, who won both the SAG and Golden Globe awards for Best Actress in a Drama, has now proved that she is a star. Here, the British actress talks about how she landed the life-changing role, what it’s like to wear the Queen’s girdle, and everything you can expect from the show’s second final season.
How old were you when you started thinking about becoming an actress?
Probably 20, which is quite late. It never really occurred to me that it was something that I could do really being an actress. I never really thought it was a life or a job or anything that was accessible to someone like me. So it was only when I went to university and kind of got a bit of confidence that I considered it, I suppose.
What was the first thing you auditioned for?
It was a TV show called Being Human (click here for screencaptures). I played werewolf’s ex-fiancé who had epilepsy. And I wore like a really hideous sort of shiny coat with a fur hood. I didn’t have an agent at the time, so I went in just really luckily got the job.
Did you feel immediately like this is it, this is what I want to be doing?
Actually on that first job I had a terrible time and I was really bad in it. And I really struggled. I just didn’t get it. I remember the director shouting at me. “It’s time to start acting now, darling.” I’d never been on a film set in that way before. I had no idea what I was doing. But it was sort of a baptism of fire. But everyone’s got to have it because you can only learn on the job, in a way.
And did you not get depressed? You just kept going?
Yeah, then I just kept going really. I did a play, I did a bit more telly and then I just paid attention and tried to absorb how to behave as much as possible. Continue reading The Crown’s Claire Foy On the Struggles of Being a New Mom and an Actress
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The Crown star Claire Foy wows in a blue silk nightgown as fans wait for the second series of the hit Netflix show to air
Makeup guru Ivana Primorac spent the past year turning soft-featured actress Claire Foy into an angular Queen Elizabeth II, long-faced John Lithgow into a curmudgeonly Winston Churchill and an assortment of actors into palace royals and political figures — many of whom are alive — for Netflix’s “The Crown.”
The entire first season of the series debuted in November; a second season has been ordered, with six episodes planned.
Primorac, a prolific hair and makeup designer, has worked on such diverse films as “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” “The Imitation Game” and “T2 Trainspot- ting.” For “The Crown,” which Peter Morgan created and wrote, evolving out of his 2006 Queen Elizabeth biopic “The Queen,” she aims to reflect “both the history and the now,” Primorac says. “It’s important to portray [the royal family] truthfully.”
To convey this sense of reality, the hair and makeup team was helped by a wealth of public footage of the royal family, as well as film from the queen’s private life. When Elizabeth was still a princess, her father, King George VI, gave her a Paillard Bolex movie camera, which she used to document many of her personal moments — including those from the time she got married and her honeymoon tour and also the private side of her public tours after she became queen.
Several different wigs kept Elizabeth strategically coiffed to show the early progression of her hairstyles, which soon settled into a constant look. Primorac also relied on a range of cosmetics to aid the subtle aging process as the queen navigated the decade from blushing bride to skilled monarch.
Continue reading ‘The Crown’ Makeup Artist Helped Claire Foy Look Like a Real Queen
One of this year’s biggest breakout stars — she won Golden Globe and SAG awards for her portrayal of young Queen Elizabeth II in the most expensive TV series ever made (Netflix allocated $100 million for its first two seasons) — reflects on auditioning while pregnant, playing a woman famous for hiding her emotions and growing as an actress.
“For me, the most challenging thing about it was endurance,” says Claire Foy, the 33-year-old British actress whose portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II on season one of Netflix’s The Crown earned her best actress in a drama series Golden Globe and SAG awards earlier this year and has made her the frontrunner to win the equivalent Emmy. As we sit down at Netflix’s FYSee interactive exhibition space in Beverly Hills to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast, Foy continues, “I had a small child, I had the biggest job of my life, I broke my elbow — so it was more of just, like, ‘I can do this!'”
Foy was born and raised near Manchester, England, and briefly flirted with careers in dance and cinematography before committing to acting and eventually studying it at the Oxford School of Drama. Soon after graduating, she began working on TV projects of growing prestige, including several BBC offerings — the 2008 miniseries Little Dorrit; the reboot of the drama series Upstairs Downstairs, which ran from 2010 through 2012; the 2012 miniseries White Heat; and the 2015 miniseries Wolf Hall — as well as Channel 4’s 2011 miniseries The Promise. Her performances generally won widespread praise from critics, but it wasn’t until last Nov. 4 of 2016, when Netflix dropped the entire first season of The Crown, that a much larger audience began to appreciate what a remarkable talent she is.
At the recommendation of casting director Nina Gold, who previously had cast Foy in Wolf Hall (and “who I owe my life to,” the actress says), she was invited to audition for the principal part in the drama series, which Netflix had commissioned with 10 seasons in mind, each chronicling a different chapter of the Queen’s ongoing reign. Informed that it was the brainchild of Peter Morgan, the same man who was behind the 2006 film The Queen and the 2015 Broadway play The Audience (both of which also center around the Queen, and which brought Helen Mirren an Oscar and a Tony, respectively), and that several of its episodes would be directed by Stephen Daldry (who also helmed The Audience), she was intrigued — but faced a dilemma. “I was five months pregnant,” she says with a chuckle. “I was like, ‘Well, I’ll just go in and meet them. I’m not gonna get it, but it’ll give me something to do for the next couple of weeks.'” As it turned out, her physical state was not a deal-breaker and she was brought back for a screen test and then offered the part.
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But if Elizabeth II did watch, there’s the perfect British TV show that would let us watch her do it.
Like the no-nonsense monarch she plays on The Crown, Claire Foy has a finely tuned B.S. radar. And the actress doesn’t believe recent news reports that Queen Elizabeth has spent Saturday nights at Windsor Castle bingeing Foy’s Netflix show about her early days as Queen. Foy recently spoke with Vanity Fair about what to expect from The Crown’s anticipated second season (“sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll”), whether she believes the Queen is a feminist, and what she thinks of another complex heroine she’s rumored to be circling, Lisbeth Salander.
Vanity Fair: We are talking in a space that Netflix has built that houses props and costumes from many of its shows, including some from The Crown, like the giant crown you wear in the coronation episode. What did it feel like wearing it on your head?
Claire Foy: When I wore it in the coronation there was a lot of other stuff going on as well. The dress was also ginormous, and I had loads of scepters, and an orb, and a giant cape . . . and I was wearing platform shoes, and so it was all a bit too much, to be honest. I just sort of thought, “I’m walking straight ahead, and I’m not going to stop.” Then luckily it didn’t plop off my head . . . I always feel more like [Queen Elizabeth] when I’ve got the wellies on, and the tartan skirts, and the headscarves, because that, to me, is who she really is. When she’s got the big gowns on and stuff, I think she’s probably quite uncomfortable in them, and I am, so it sort of makes a lot of sense, really.
You’re playing someone who has basically made it her job to keep her feelings to herself. How do you find an interior life for this person? It’s not like you have her diaries, it’s not like she did some big Oprah confessional.
Imagine if she did . . . There’s always people wanting something from her. She never meets anyone and it’s just a non-transactional relationship. Someone always wants something out of that meeting, or that audience, or whatever it is. I think she’s constantly trying to gauge what her input could be and how it could be useful, and how she can alter what she says in order to remain impartial . . . I’ve always felt that she’s a very thinking character, I suppose.
The Queen has apparently watched all 10 episodes, according to a royal source.
What royal source?
Well, it was in the British press, which is never wrong, as you know.
I can’t believe, I hadn’t heard anything about it, and I will believe it when I see it is all I’ll say.
The Crown: Claire Foy reveals wedding night scene was AXED and fans will NEVER see it
CLAIRE FOY has revealed that viewers will never see a crucial moment from The Crown after it removed from the final cut.
By Neela Debnath
The 32-year-old Golden Globe-winning actress, who plays a young Queen Elizabeth in the Netflix phenomenon, admitted that a scene from the royal couple’s wedding night ended up on the cutting room floor.
Speaking to media including Express.co.uk at the BFI & Radio Times Festival in London yesterday, she said: “My favourite scene with Matt Smith was never in the programme, unfortunately. That was our wedding night, that’s all I’ll say!” Continue reading Claire Foy Reveals ‘The Crown’ Wedding Scene That Was Cut
She is the actress who’s found her niche playing English queens on the small screen, acting as both Anne Boleyn and a young Queen Elizabeth II.
But Claire Foy went for a simple English rose look as she stepped out at the star-studded BFI & Radio Times TV Festival in London on Saturday.
The Crown actress sported a Spring-like colourful floral blouse which she tucked into a pair of black slacks.
She paired her simple outfit with comfortable Converse trainers.
The 32-year-old tucked her tresses into a neat short style and kept her make up minimal but slicked her lips with an eye-catching scarlet lip gloss.
Claire wore two pretty gold necklaces and a gem ring on her finger.
The actress was at the festival to take part in a panel discussion The Crown: The Making Of A TV Epic.
The lavish Netflix drama chronicles the reign of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to the present day.
The first season of the ten part series focused on events leading up to 1955 with Claire Foy performing as the young Elizabeth alongside Matt Smith as Prince Philip.
Netflix has invested a staggering £100 million in the show which is currently intended to have six series.
The second season is expected to be released this November and it was recently revealed that the third season will introduce a well-known character: Camilla Parker Bowles.
The show’s creator Peter Morgan said that the royals have had a mixed reaction to The Crown.
They are both ‘very nervous and very excited’ he revealed at a press conference last year.
‘I think they don’t like not having control, but they also understand that [a drama] dealing with this subject with respect is a rare thing.
‘These are people who are not used to being taken seriously.’
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Claire Foy and Matt Smith are the new TV royalty thanks to their Netflix series The Crown. The drama, which netted Foy a Golden Globe and the show took one home for Best Drama as well, follows a newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II. Foy plays Queen Elizabeth and Smith, who is best known for Doctor Who, plays her husband Prince Philip.
So, where’s that Globe?
“In my toilet, not actually in my toilet but in my downstairs toilet,” Foy told Giuliana Rancic at the 2017 SAG Awards. She’s referring to her bathroom.
“I think it’s quite a good spot for it actually,” Smith said.
“You can’t put it anywhere noticeable,” Foy said.
“It would be crass,” Smith concurred.
“It’s so heavy,” Foy said. “It’s a real weapon.”
The cast, which also includes John Lithgow in season one, went right to work on season two, so Smith and Foy said they didn’t realize it had been a hit until people came up to them and praised their series at the Golden Globes.
“It was like ‘Whoa,'” Foy said.
But who’s been the biggest fan they’ve heard from? Aside from “lots of really cool young directors and writers have watched it and liked it,” Foy said, it has to be Elton John. “We like Elton,” Smith said.
“We love Elton,” Foy said.
Foy, Lithgow and the ensemble cast were all up for Actors at the 2017 SAG Awards.