‘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!
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