Claire Foy makes a second appearance this week, moving from Vogue’s November cover story to Porter Edit’s October 12, 2018 issue. Helen Broadfoot styles Foy in images by Liz Collins.
Foy’s interview with Susie Rushton begins with the Queen of England back onto the pavement, ejected from a private member’s club by the hostess who didn’t recognize her, or find the reservation. The actor was too polite to give her name.
Foy is seen on screen now in Damien Chazelle’s ‘First Man’, opposite Ryan Gosling’s moon-conquering astronaut Neil Armstrong, as his wife, Janet. How awful, I say, being married to Ryan Gosling. “Well, I wasn’t married to Ryan Gosling,” Foy deadpans. “Unfortunately, I was married to Neil Armstrong.”
Foy delivers real psychological depth to a movie role that could have been an add-on. “Janet and Neil had a very equal relationship. She took care of the home, but she had her own job as a swimming coach and was independent of him, because she knew from the moment they got together that he might die.” Janet’s rage at NASA’s treatment of the Apollo 11 wives also adds grit to her role. “There was a lot of resentment towards NASA. They were very disrespectful of [the wives’] roles in these men’s lives. Do you know, they used to stop the wives from going to the launch? Because they might be distracting,” Foys says in mock horror.
Speaking of her role in the upcoming ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’, where she follows Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara in the role of Lisbeth Salander, Foy says her Lisbeth looks stronger.
“I’m quite an athletic build, when I want to be, but I was never going to get really thin. I can’t bear the idea of projecting that image.”
Foy’s Lisbeth is an updated take on the character Larsson created in 2002. “The Lisbeth he wrote isn’t particularly relevant in modern-day society. Aesthetically speaking – the piercing, tattoos, the whole emo thing. And Fede and I didn’t want her to be titillating. I always think if there’s an element of lesbianism in films that’s just titillating, it’s for the male gaze, and I’m not doing that. And there isn’t really time for her to have sex with anyone,” she says cheerfully, “she’s running around so much.”
First Man is out now; The Girl in the Spider’s Web is out November 9 (US)