January 06, 2011 ι Jarett Wieselman
When your movie is called "Season of the Witch" you best be damn sure the wiccan one is up to the challenge since it takes a powerful actor to simultaneously convey the required strength and fragility. Thankfully Nicolas Cage's new movie has discovered a supernova in British newcomer Claire Foy.
As the film's potential practitioner, only called The Girl, Claire not only burns up the screen, but she constantly makes you question her curious character's motives. Is she a witch or is she simply another victim of those famed witch hunts that swept the globe? I chatted with Claire about that very question the other day.
But first, watch Claire in action and then read on to see what she has to say about "Season of the Witch."
PopWrap: How was your first experience of being in a major big budget Hollywood movie?
Claire Foy: I absolutely loved it. It was an amazing experience. Obviously quite terrifying to begin with but I had such good fun. Because of the effects, I had no idea what [the finished film] would look like when we filmed it. They kept saying “when we cut it together, it’ll look very scary!” So I trusted them and it looks great.
PW: What was scarier -- the size of the production or working with an intense actor like Nicolas?
Claire: I supposed it was a bit of both. I was more excited than anything to work with Nic. And when I met him, he was so lovely. An absolute dream to work with. Such a good laugh. I was intimidated by the size of the production, but my job is to do the scenes regardless of how big a project it is.
PW: I loved watching you toe that fine line between sane and sadistic.
Claire: Oh yes, it was a really brilliant character because she has so much strength and power. So different from anyone I’ve ever played. I also loved that I could manipulate all the boys. Play with their minds, that’s fun [laughs]. But they gave as good as they got.
PW: Your character is only called Girl in the movie -- to you, does she have a name?
Claire: Yes. It’s important that I know exactly where my character is coming from, regardless of whether or not it’s ever on screen. So to me, “Girl” is “Anna.” It's important to think about her life and what she went through before the film so the audience can see there’s another world outside.
PW: What's your take on the history of witch hunts?
Claire: What women must have gone through is terrifying. There’s all those stories about “the symptoms” of witchcraft. So many people say it’s possible that a lot of them were simply suffering from menopause. A lot of those women got burned simply for having an opinion. The whole witch hunt period is so fascinating – not only the atrocity of it, but how it was all about stopping what you couldn’t control. I think that’s intriguing.
"Season of the Witch" opens in theaters tomorrow
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