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NextFactor: Claire Foy

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.

What was your first acting gig?
My first ever one professionally was a BBC series called “Being Human” about werewolves and vampires and ghosts—I see a theme—and I did a pilot for that many, many years ago. And that’s been commissioned now into a full series and it’s doing really well. But yeah, that was my first ever job. I played a werewolf’s ex-fiancée, as you do.

Who’s your dream love interest on screen?
Oh, probably Leonardo DiCaprio, just because I’d love to act with him. That’d be brilliant. If you could arrange it, that’d be great. [Laughs]

Who’s career in Hollywood you’d like to have?
Oh, Crikey. It would be [Leo DiCaprio], he’s amazing. But I can’t have his career because it’s been and gone. I’d love to have Kate Winslet’s [career], might nick her’s. Loads of people. Loads of people who do very interesting, lovely things. Isabelle Huppert, that French actress I think is just amazing.

What would you be doing if you weren’t acting?
Hmm, I don’t know. I’ve always said that I’d probably be a nurse but I had to go to an emergency room recently and I thought, “No way. There’s no way I could do this.” I would like to do some sort of job where I have to look after people or care for people or make people a bit happier. But I think probably something creative. Probably in the theatre, I think. I don’t know, a makeup artist or something, I have no idea, but I may find out sooner rather than later what I’ll do.

What did you buy with your first Hollywood paycheck?
I can’t remember what the first thing I bought with “Season of the Witch” was. My tax bill probably, that’s probably the first thing I spent it on. I know that I did save up some of my per diems and buy myself an iPod. [Laughs] I should have been spending that on eating. But probably nothing really exciting. I tend to flitter away money by buying things from Top Shop and never wearing them, so I’m not very good on that score.

Do you have any nicknames?
No, because that would be telling, wouldn’t it. My main nickname is, everyone calls me by my surname. All my friends call me by my surname and variations on my surname like, Foyster Oyster or Foyboy or Foybles.

What’s next for you?
At the moment I’m filming something for the BBC which is an adaptation of a book and I’ve got a new thing coming out [soon] by a director called Peter Kosminsky that’s like a political thing about Palestine and Israel, so that’s very exciting. But yeah, just hopefully more work, hopefully. Fingers crossed.

Mac or PC?

“Potter” or “Twilight”?

Rock or Rap?

“Star Wars” or “Star Trek”?

Zac Efron or Zach Galifianakis?
Zach Gali…fianakis. [Laughs.]

Beer or wine?

New York or Los Angeles?
New York.

Twitter or Facebook?

Justin Bieber or Justin Timberlake?
Oh, Justin Timberlake!



  1. Hi, you wouldn’t happen to know where the New York premeire of Season of the Witch is, would you?

  2. Moira: Unfortunately we didn’t. We’ve just found out that the premiere took place at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater. But now, of course, it’s too late.

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