The Queen is moving on. Yes, Claire Foy, who plays the young Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s international phenomenon The Crown, has finished her second and final season of the six-season series that will find Olivia Colman picking up the role as the Queen ages.
When the Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated star sat down with me for the latest edition of my Deadline video series The Actor’s Side, she said she always knew it was only going to be two seasons before handing the role to another actress, and Foy has only praise for the choice of Colman to continue the saga. We talk a lot about this groundbreaking role for her and what it has meant. (And no, she never did hear from the Queen about the interpretation, or if she even watches the show, but she did get a nice note from Helen Mirren and that is the next best thing to be sure.)
Foy and I talk about how playing the young Elizabeth has opened up new opportunities in film including her latest roles in Breathe and Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane. Plus there are the upcoming and anticipated fall films: Damien Chazelle’s First Man, in which Foy plays Janet, wife of first man on the moon Neil Armstrong opposite Ryan Gosling, and taking up the mantle of Lisbeth Salander in The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Foy was prominent last week in Las Vegas at the CinemaCon exhibitor convention, appearing on behalf of both the latter films. We discuss this very hot career and how it all got started.
Check out our conversation above.