The Crown's Claire Foy admits she felt 'uncomfortable' with her success as she didn't 'deserved' it 1

The Crown’s Claire Foy admits she felt ‘uncomfortable’ with her success as she didn’t ‘deserved’ it

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Claire Foy has admitted she didn’t feel comfortable with the level of success she had following her stint on Netflix’s The Crown.

The actress, 37, portrayed Queen Elizabeth II in the first two seasons of the royal drama, with her stint earning her a plethora of accolades including two Primetime Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

However, speaking about her triumphs on the podcast Reign with Josh Smith, Claire confessed that she felt that she didn’t ‘deserve’ such accolades and said of her success: ‘I wish I had been able to enjoy it more.’

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'Uncomfortable': Claire Foy has admitted she didn't feel comfortable with the level of success she had following her stint on Netflix's The Crown (pictured with her Outstanding Lead Actress Emmy in 2018)

‘Uncomfortable’: Claire Foy has admitted she didn’t feel comfortable with the level of success she had following her stint on Netflix’s The Crown (pictured with her Outstanding Lead Actress Emmy in 2018)

She explained: ‘I think it makes me feel uncomfortable, is what I’ve learned.

‘Not that going to the parties and lovely people being really nice to you is amazing and is wonderful for people to enjoy things that you’ve done, but I felt uncomfortable with it because I basically, fundamentally didn’t think I deserved it.

‘So that’s no fun, is it? That’s not nice because basically you just feel like it’s even more hollow, I suppose.’

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The TV star went on to say that she ‘wishes’ she ‘had been able to enjoy it more’, but noted: ‘But I don’t think, in all honesty, I don’t think I ever would’ve done. I think I just don’t know whether that’s necessarily in my character.’

Success: The actress, 37, portrayed Queen Elizabeth II in the first two seasons of the royal drama, with her stint earning her a plethora of accolades including two Primetime Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards

Success: The actress, 37, portrayed Queen Elizabeth II in the first two seasons of the royal drama, with her stint earning her a plethora of accolades including two Primetime Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards

‘Success in the way that I’ve had it, which is because people say that something you have done has been worthwhile, is very difficult unless you think it’s been worthwhile, then it’s not really a success.

‘It’s just a very confusing sequence of award shows where you can’t really feel like you’re there and also it’s transient, especially in my industry – you know, it’s over before it’s begun.’

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Claire suggested that due to how she felt, she wouldn’t necessarily class herself as a ‘success’, despite the numerous awards she received for her role as the monarch.  

She said: ‘Success in the way that I’ve had it, which is because people say that something you have done has been worthwhile is very difficult unless you think it’s been worthwhile, then it’s not really a success.

Candid: However, speaking about her triumphs on the podcast Reign with Josh Smith , Claire confessed that she felt that she didn't 'deserve' such accolades and said of her success: 'I wish I had been able to enjoy it more' (pictured with her Best Actress Golden Globe in 2017)

Candid: However, speaking about her triumphs on the podcast Reign with Josh Smith , Claire confessed that she felt that she didn’t ‘deserve’ such accolades and said of her success: ‘I wish I had been able to enjoy it more’ (pictured with her Best Actress Golden Globe in 2017)

‘It’s just a very confusing sequence of award shows where you can’t really feel like you’re there and also it’s transient, especially in my industry, you know it’s over before it’s begun.’

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Claire played The Queen in the first two series of the Netflix show, before the role was overtaken by Olivia Colman, 47, to reflect the aging monarch.

Imelda Staunton, 65, will play Her Majesty for the final two seasons of The Crown.

Meanwhile, Claire, who is currently starring in BBC’s A Very British Scandal, opened up about the mental breakdown she suffered in her 20s, admitting her sharing her feelings with friends had ‘changed my life’.

Honest: 'Not that going to the parties and lovely people being really nice to you is amazing and is wonderful for people to enjoy things that you've done, but I felt uncomfortable with it because I basically, fundamentally didn't think I deserved it'

Honest: ‘Not that going to the parties and lovely people being really nice to you is amazing and is wonderful for people to enjoy things that you’ve done, but I felt uncomfortable with it because I basically, fundamentally didn’t think I deserved it’

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Tough: The TV star went on to say that she 'wishes' she 'had been able to enjoy it more', but noted: 'But I don't think, in all honesty, I don't think I ever would've done'

Tough: The TV star went on to say that she ‘wishes’ she ‘had been able to enjoy it more’, but noted: ‘But I don’t think, in all honesty, I don’t think I ever would’ve done’ 

Opening up on what she went through, she explained: ‘I basically was one of those people who was very much – I think it’s a lot to do with my upbringing – like I don’t need help. I can sort it out myself. It’s not that big of a problem.

‘In my mid-20s, I sort of had a breakdown, and I remember my sister saying, ‘I can’t help you. You need to see someone professional’. 

‘That was the first time that I sort of went, “the problem is bigger than me being able to figure it out”.

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‘But for me, definitely in my early 30s to now, the thing has been opening up to people like my friends.

‘I know it sounds silly but I had never really understood that love and protection was by being honest and being awful, like showing your worst side of yourself and then having someone go, “oh yeah, me too”.’

Reflection: Meanwhile, Claire opened up about the mental breakdown she suffered in her 20s, admitting her sharing her feelings with friends had 'changed my life'

Reflection: Meanwhile, Claire opened up about the mental breakdown she suffered in her 20s, admitting her sharing her feelings with friends had ‘changed my life’

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