Claire Foy on her daughter ‘She’s very like a border collie. She needs to run outside’


Claire Foy is Vogue’s November cover model to promote The Girl in the Spider’s Web, which opens in November. A lot of people are interested to see how Claire does as Lisbeth Salander because it’s such a departure from her roles in The Crown and First Man. However, I was a bit surprised on how little the accompanying article lent towards TGintSW considering. Aside from a few quotes about training and harsh conditions, the interview focused much more on Claire’s childhood with a single mom, health scares and life as a working single mom herself. And through all of it, Claire sounds much more like her character Queen Elizabeth than she does Lisbeth. One thing that does come across, though, is that even if Claire does not personify Lisbeth’s abrasiveness, she does embody her strength.

On her single mom having to move them to a smaller house: We almost all killed each other. I think Mum hadn’t seen her life going in that direction, and it felt very much out of her control. She was having to make decisions for us that she wouldn’t want.

On taking steroids to treat a brain tumor at age 18: With steroids come all sorts of things an eighteen-year-old girl shouldn’t have to think about, like putting on loads of weight and this thing called ‘moon face,’ where you gain water in your face and become almost unrecognizable. And acne, and having a massive eye with black stitches in it. I didn’t care, because I was alive.

On working with four months after having her daughter: (I) had to understand that someone else would be giving her a bath and putting her to bed, which was breaking my heart. But then, on the other hand, I went back to work and I had a life outside. That was also really, really important.

On her daughter: It’s amazing seeing them discover everything for the first time. She’s very like a border collie. She needs to run outside. She loves pulling faces. And then everybody goes, ‘Oh, another actor in the family?’ I don’t want people to put that on kids. I mean, when I was a kid I was just told to shut up—it was quite nice.

On her ex, Stephen Campbell Moore: I’m incredibly lucky that I have a child with someone I deeply love and who is my best friend.

On her ex, Stephen Campbell Moore’s. brain tumor: That’s Stephen’s thing to talk about, really, but he’s doing really well, which is a miracle.

On training for Lisbeth: So much of it was about being physically able to do the stunts. Suddenly I was like, ‘I can do ten press-ups.’ I could run. I could lift weights.

Her three-year-old daughter, Ivy Rose, is mentioned a few times in the article. She sounds like a vivacious and fun little girl. Apparently, Ivy Rose planted and named a fig tree “Matt” after Claire’s Crown co-star, Matt Smith. I like that Claire acknowledged that although she initially was conflicted about returning to work, she realized it was important to her to have something outside of motherhood. And I appreciate her comments about how well she and Stephen get on and co-parent. I’m being honest, I think her brevity on the subject of Stephen has to do with there being more to the story of their split than we were led to believe.

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  1. Snowslow says:

    I LOVE her blazer with the lace. It shouldn’t work but it does, and that’s my favorite kind of clothes. She looks soft and badass at the same time.
    Re: them focusing on her tough childhood, it’s PR to make her seem more Lisbeth-like and less like the Queen.

  2. Mia4s says:

    Yikes that cover! Who approved that? Who hates her?!

    The “hype” on the dragon tattoo movie feels insanely muted, and I think the studio is sensing that. I think she was INCREDIBLE in the Crown but she feels miscast in this movie. Probably going to be a pretty big failure.

    She’ll ride the First Man hype to a few nominations though. She’s fine.

  3. ichsi says:

    Oh wow, that green velvet dress looks gorgeous on her! Also I always forget that she has a child… Must be tough, now that her career has taken off this much.

  4. Hikaru says:

    Vogue did her dirty with that edgy soccer mom cover.

  5. Murphy says:

    Wait she had a brain tumor as a kid then 30 years later her ex-husband had one too? Wow what are the odds.

  6. Esmom says:

    She looks different to me every time I see her. But that Vogue cover is just all kinds of wrong. Even her lips look bad and dried out.

    I’m not very familiar with her but she seems cool. And I love that her daughter named their fig tree Matt, lol.

  7. Janice Gerow says:

    Like Gwyneth Paltrow, Ryan really likes to rock that 70′s vibe, doesn’t he?

  8. Mak says:

    I needed to read this right now…. I’ve been on steroids this past month and have moon face and moon body. Plus I received unsolicited advice on how I need to walk and exercise … I thanked the person – but told her that right now I’m just happy to be alive

  9. Susan says:

    If she is praising her ex this much, she’s the one who cheated, not him. Over compensating.

  10. Meg says:

    When i first read this:
    ‘I don’t want people to put that on kids. I mean, when I was a kid I was just told to shut up—it was quite nice.’
    I thought it was a sarcastic joke about her childhood-but then i re read it as she was told to ‘just be a kid’ and that was nice

  11. Pancake Bacon says:

    I love Stephen Campbell Moore.