‘I never had any idea that I’d be do­ing this for a liv­ing

From queen of the screen to a tat­tooed hacker, Claire Foy can do it all!

Woman's Own - - CELEB INSIDER -

From wear­ing The Crown to ac­tion-packed thriller in leathers on a mo­tor­bike – what a trans­for­ma­tion!

I must have some sort of deep-seated psy­cho­log­i­cal prob­lem – The Queen and Lis­beth Sa­lan­der couldn’t be more dif­fer­ent – but I love them both. It’s quite ex­treme, isn’t it?

The Girl in the Spi­der’s Web is cer­tainly much more phys­i­cal. Did you sur­prise your­self?

I had to do a lot of phys­i­cal ex­er­cise – but it was ex­tra­or­di­nary, hav­ing some­one there go­ing, ‘Give me 20 more…’ and so I was just lift­ing weights and run­ning – and it works, it re­ally works.

The Dragon Tat­too nov­els seem so timely now be­cause of the #Metoo move­ment…

I think the sig­nif­i­cance of Lis­beth’s char­ac­ter is some­thing that’s been go­ing on since the dawn of time, es­sen­tially – what she’s been through and what so many women do to sur­vive. When we started mak­ing the film, that’s when the #Metoo move­ment started to pick up pace – we had two fe­male pro­duc­ers and it was in­ter­est­ing to see the faith they had in bring­ing Lis­beth back to the screen and hav­ing a new in­ter­pre­ta­tion of her char­ac­ter. It felt like it was jus­ti­fied.

What with this film and a star­ring role in Neil Arm­strong biopic First Man, you’ve had a great year. How do you cope with the buzz?

You’re not re­ally aware of it. With First Man, for ex­am­ple, we were

‘I’m not re­ally aware of the buzz’

do­ing all the film fes­ti­vals so it was re­ally ex­cit­ing, go­ing from dif­fer­ent coun­try to dif­fer­ent coun­try, and then it’s over. I’m re­ally proud of that film and I’m re­ally proud of Damien [Chazelle], who di­rected it. He cre­ated some­thing so unique and ex­cit­ing, and if any at­ten­tion gets drawn to the film I’m re­ally happy about it.

Are you liv­ing the dream?

It was never my dream. I never had any idea that I would be do­ing this for a liv­ing. I don’t know what I thought I would be do­ing, so I feel very lucky. I step back and go, ‘What is hap­pen­ing?’ but it’s also quite a ground­ing thing be­cause you’re sud­denly talk­ing to all these peo­ple who you ad­mire and who you re­alise are just the same as you. It’s hum­bling, we’re all alike, so let’s just calm down. l The Girl in the Spi­der’s Web is out now

Claire plays Lis­beth Sa­lan­der in new film The Girl in the Spi­der’s Web

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