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Claire Foy has had a lot of success in the television industry. Indeed, she won an Emmy for her work in The Crown and she is now receiving praise out of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) for her performance in the upcoming Damien Chazelle film First Man.
She also has a starring role in another upcoming movie called The Girl in the Spider’s Web which is being directed by Fede Alvarez. In a Q&A, both Foy and Alvarez spoke about this film.
As you will see below, Claire Foy has a lot of love for Lisbeth; her character in The Girl in the Spider’s Web:
“What I really love about [Lisbeth], so much, is her unwillingness to be identified in any particular way. She rejects any labeling, anything society wants to put on her, or anyone else wants to put on her, she lives entirely as herself.”
“And therefore, she will seek pleasure where she seeks pleasure. Whether that’s with a man, or a woman, or on her own. She has absolutely no judgment or ability to identify with other people in that way…Now you can trust in an audience loving a difficult character.”
“She’s not loveable, she’s not polite, she’s not pretty. She’s not everything that you think a female protagonist is supposed to be. She’s hard. She makes really terrible, terrible decisions and you don’t know if you can get behind them. I think that’s the interesting thing about it.”
“Obviously, she’s a survivor of abuse. That’s just how I see her, as a survivor. If that, therefore, means she represents people, represents a certain movement, then that’s amazing.”
This is what Fede Alvarez said about heavily prioritising the individuality of Claire Foy’s character in this movie:
“We even had discussions about how the camera will move to not feel like we’re doing the wrong thing. [Claire] reminded me every day, ‘You’re a male white man, Fede, don’t forget’…but it’s true, there’s a point to that.”
“Every moment, if I’m shooting her, it’s like ‘Am I making it too sexy right now? Maybe I should pull back.’ It was super present in our heads more than it even would be because it was coming right when [the Me Too movement] was happening. It was the perfect movie to honor that, to make sure we didn’t do anything that was stupid exploitation-y.”
“Allowing her to not care about how she’s going to look…Look at the other movies, and other superhero movies where they are so proud that there’s a female in front of it. I still see it a little bit as like, well, but they still ask you to look impeccable, and pretty, and [in] tight clothes and stuff like that.”
“I’m not saying it’s bad, I’m saying at least in this one we didn’t do any of that. We really embraced it in a way that, for a movie of this size, I tell you it has never been done before.”
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