The actress is starring opposite Ryan Gosling in the Neil Armstrong biopic ‘First Man’ as the astronaut’s wife.

If you’ve watched Claire Foy give powerful acceptance speeches or play a young Queen Elizabeth in The Crown with such confidence and quiet determination, you wouldn’t necessarily think that they may be lacking in her own life at times.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Guardian Foy has spoken about her childhood (she’s very proud of her Irish roots remember), education, getting started in the industry and various setbacks. She also spoke about receiving advice from Irish director Dearbhla Walsh on her first big production.

But it was her comments in relation to anxiety that have surprised some people. Here’s what she had to say-

“When you have anxiety, you have anxiety about – I don’t know – crossing the road,” she says. “The thing about it is, it’s not related to anything that would seem logical. It’s purely about that feeling in the pit of your stomach, and the feeling that you can’t, because you’re ‘this’ or you’re ‘that’. It’s my mind working at a thousand beats a second, and running away with a thought.”

“It was a tool to survive, definitely. To try to hold on to everything. To try to feel safe.”

“If I knew a day was going to be ruined by anxiety, that was good in a way, because it meant I knew what was going to happen.”

Powerful stuff.

‘First Man’ hits Irish cinemas on October 12th.

Via: The Guardian