EXCLUSIVE: 'The Crown' Star Claire Foy Says She'd Have an 'Existential Crisis' If the Queen Reached Out


The Crown
star Claire Foy has sparkled as the young Queen Elizabeth on Netflix's extravagant period drama -- and she has a lot to celebrate as a first-time Golden Globe nominee.

"It's so lovely but I wish I was with everyone," Foy told ET on Monday following the nomination announcement. "I wish I was at work in a way, so we could have a glass of champagne and [have] a pat on the back."

The 32-year-old actress shared that one of her best friends, all of whom have WhatsApp group chat, was one of the first people in her inner circle to celebrate the achievement. "Suddenly, there were 50 messages!" the Brit recalled.

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One family she isn't expecting any response or reaction from is the royal family.

"I think we're all living in cuckoo land if we think they'll give a response to anything," Foy said with a laugh. "They are their own universe and I think if anything, I don't know if awards or anything like that put them off. I think they're much too reserved and 'keep calm and carry on' about things. No, absolutely no kind of contact at all. I'm not, in any way, expecting anything."

"I'm glad there isn't, in a way," she continued. "I'm still playing [Elizabeth] and I'm still very, very attached to Peter Morgan's queen so I couldn't possibly -- I'd probably have some sort of an existential crisis if she ever [reached out]. It'd be a little weird!"

The Crown
also received a Best Drama Series nomination, where it'll compete against Stranger Things, This Is Us, Game of Thrones and Westworld.

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"I'm really, really, really, really happy for the show. People have been working on it for a long time," Foy said. "It's really a vote of confidence. It's lovely that it's embraced and that people have responded so well to something that was risky and really ambitious and wanted to do something with TV and take it somewhere different."

Foy was shy about speaking more specifically about her individual acting nomination, admitting that she's not used to talking about herself just yet.

"I'm not particularly great at attention or anything like that, but the whole job was a bit of a surprise and shock and a real joy," she said. "I always wanted to be really grateful for it, to be honest, because it's been so amazing. This feels like another thing to be thankful for."

Foy praised her fellow nominee, John Lithgow, who was nominated for his startling performance as Winston Churchill, as well as her frequent scene partner, Matt Smith, who plays Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip.

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"There are so many exceptional actors in it. All of my acting is [Matt Smith's] acting too, so I definitely share this nomination with him," she adorably said.

Though she kept the spoilers to a minimum, Foy said season two of The Crown picks up right where things left off.

"We obviously go into another 10 years of her life, but there's no dropping of momentum. We just sort of keep going," she promised. "And also, politically and economically and socially, the ball kept on rolling and that's what we keep doing as well. There's no breathing space. We keep on truckin'."

The Golden Globes, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, airs live coast-to-coast on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on NBC.

For more on The Crown, watch ET's exclusive interview below.

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