Crown star Claire Foy reveals she suffers from ‘mental breakdown’ in her twenties


Claire Foy has revealed that she suffered from a nervous breakdown in her twenties as she explains how sharing her feelings with her friends “changed” her life.

The Crown actress, 37, said she didn’t think she needed help and was convinced she could ‘fix it’ on her own, saying part of her attitude stemmed from of his education.

Claire said she realized she needed to ask for help in her mid-twenties and her sister told her she needed to see a “professional.”

Mental health: Claire Foy, 37, spoke of a nervous breakdown in her twenties (pictured last month)

Open up about what she experienced on the podcast Reign with Josh Smith, she explained, “I was basically one of those people who was very – I think it has a lot to do with my upbringing – like I didn’t need any help.

“I can sort this out myself. It’s not that big of a deal.

“In my mid-twenties, I had a kind of depression, and I remember my sister saying to me, ‘I can’t help you. You have to see someone professional “.

“It was the first time that I was sort of going, ‘the problem is bigger than me, be able to figure it out.’

Claire, who currently stars in the BBC’s A Very British Scandal, said talking to friends about her feelings had “changed” her life.

Struggles: The Crown actress, 37, said she didn't think she needed help during her

Struggles: The Crown actress, 37, said she didn’t think she needed help during her “blackout” and was convinced she could “fix the problem” on her own

She added, “But for me, definitely in my early 30s until now, it opened up to people like my friends.

“I know it sounds silly, but I never really understood that love and protection is about being honest and horrible, like showing your worst side of yourself and then asking someone to say ‘oh Yeah me too”.

In the same interview, Claire admitted that she didn’t feel comfortable with the level of success she had after her stint on Netflix‘s The Crown.

She played Queen Elizabeth II in the royal drama’s first two seasons, earning her a plethora of accolades including two Primetime Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

However, Claire confessed that she felt she did not “deserve” such accolades and said of her success: “I wish I could have enjoyed it more.

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

She explained, “I think it makes me uncomfortable, that’s what I’ve learned.

“It’s not that going to parties and having lovely people being really nice to you was amazing and it’s wonderful for people to appreciate the things you did, but I felt uncomfortable. because I basically, fundamentally thought that I didn’t deserve it.

“So that’s no fun, is it?” It’s not nice because deep down you just feel like it’s even more hollow I guess.

The TV star went on to say that she “wished” that I had “been able to enjoy it more,” but noted, “But I don’t think, in all honesty, I don’t think I ever would have. I think I don’t know if it’s necessarily in my character.

“Success the way I got it is because people say something you did was worth it is very difficult unless you think it was worth it so it’s not really a success.

Success: The actress played Queen Elizabeth II in the royal drama's first two seasons, earning her a plethora of accolades

Success: The actress played Queen Elizabeth II in the royal drama’s first two seasons, earning her a plethora of accolades

“It’s just a very confusing sequence of awards show where you can’t really feel like you’re there and it’s also transient, especially in my industry – you know it’s over before you start.”

Claire suggested that because of how she felt, she wouldn’t necessarily consider herself a “success,” despite the many awards she had received for her role as monarch.

She said: “The success of the way I got it is because people say something you did was worth it is very difficult unless you think it was worth it. hardly, then it’s not really a success.

“It’s just a very confusing sequence of awards show where you can’t really feel like you’re there and it’s also transient, especially in my industry, you know it’s over before you start.”

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

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

Claire’s comments come after she revealed she was ‘jaded’ and ‘at the end of my rope’ before she takes a three-year interruption of action.

The “The Crown” star announced in January 2019 that she was taking a “completely complacent” break in order to spend some quality time with her young daughter Ivy Rose, now six, whom she has with her ex. husband Stephen Campbell Moore.

However, in a candid interview with Sunday Times, she admitted that she suffered from severe burnout and was forced to turn down jobs because she was “exhausted”.

She said, “It can get to a point where your body gives up. “I couldn’t continue work after work. The “First Man” star – who divorced in 2018 – also suggested that she and her fans would likely find it “boring” if she kept going.

She confessed: “It was going to get boring.” When asked for whom, she replied, “Everyone! At some point someone will say, “We don’t care about you anymore. “

“And boring for me too – I was pretty jaded.” I turned down a job and it’s not like I have a lot of money. I was exhausted, at the end of my rope with lots of stuff and I said to myself: “Goodbye! I can’t do this anymore.

Claire is firmly back in the game with a number of roles, including the 2021 biopic “The Electric Life of Louis Wain,” in which she stars as the titular artist’s wife, Emily Richardson-Wain.

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Honest: “It’s not that going to parties and having lovely people being really nice to you is amazing and it’s wonderful for people to appreciate the things you did, but I felt bad about it. comfortable with that “


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