The Crown has won much acclaim and many fans for its opulent sets, sharp writing, and fine acting, but one person the show’s star Claire Foy hopes doesn’t bother to tune in? None other than the series’ focal point: Her Majesty the Queen.
In Town & Country‘s October issue, Foy revealed that the idea of Queen Elizabeth II watching would make her uncomfortable. “I would hate the idea of her watching it,” she said. “When you’re playing a real person, you never want to be ghoulish. I don’t want to pick apart a person. I want to invent someone. So I would hate for her to watch it and think I overdramatized anything.”
Foy, who nabbed a Best Actress Emmy nod for her role on The Crown, only has to worry about the queen streaming the show for one more season, however, since the actress is only signed on to play the part through season 2. “I’m in massive denial,” she said of giving up the role so it can be played by an older actress. “I don’t feel like it’s over. I’m waiting for it to hit me at some point that this stage of my life is finished, but it hasn’t happened yet.” The role of the queen and other pivotal parts will be played by new actors every two seasons through the series’ run.
As for what she’ll do now that she’s wrapped up her work on the Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated series, the actress is looking forward to taking her time and letting the right project, acting or otherwise, come to her. “At this juncture, I think it will find me,” she said. “I think it will be a good time to sit down and take stock of what I want to do, which is possibly not acting, or where I want to go — all of those things you don’t really have time to think about when you’re working. I’ll probably have to consider all of that at some point, but not quite yet.”
The Crown returns to Netflix in November.
Read all of Foy’s interview over at townandcountrymag.com