“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” and “First Man” star Claire Foy covers the latest issue of Porter Magazine photographed by Liz Collins and styled by Helen Broadfoot.
On being paid less per episode of The Crown than her on-screen husband Matt Smith: “I was deeply hurt by it,” she says now, “because I’d been working on that show for two years. I loved everybody on it. And then I realized, there’s been a big, fat, dirty secret that nobody’s ever talked about. But then there was also that thing [of being] an inadvertent spokesperson. Why did it have to be me? I could have said nothing. And I think everyone would have preferred that. But I thought, if I do that, I will be cheating myself and all the other women I know.”
On playing Swedish anti-heroine Lisbeth Salander in upcoming film The Girl in the Spider’s Web: “I have had a lot of experience of playing fictional characters, adaptations of novels, or really famous people, so I’ve already experienced how everybody will criticize and compare,” she says of following Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara in the role. “It’s sort of the allure, as well: it’s such an uphill struggle – you’re doomed from the start.”
On separating from her husband, the British actor Stephen Campbell Moore: “A long time ago, I gave up on the idea of happiness. I think you can be incredibly, deliriously happy one minute, and be miserable the next.” Is she talking about romantic love, or in general? “Just in life. I’ve realized that my life is quite dramatic, and that’s OK. I’m really happy, but…” another enormously long pause, during which she seems to gather up her thoughts, “I’m not sorted, at all. I don’t expect any moment to last.”
Cover: Top by Cami NYC | Pants by Victoria, Victoria Beckham | Belt by Miu Miu | Watch by Jaeger-LeCoultre
Image: Jacket by Miu Miu | Bra by Anine Bing
[Photo Credit: Liz Collins/Porter Magazine]