Claire Foy in the process of growing out her The Girl in the Spider’s Web hair

Claire Foy is hopeful her edgy haircut will grow out into something she loves again.The Crown star swapped her shoulder-length locks for a cropped do when she was cast as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl in the Spider’s Web.The film, which began hitting ci…

Claire Foy is hopeful her edgy haircut will grow out into something she loves again.

The Crown star swapped her shoulder-length locks for a cropped do when she was cast as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl in the Spider’s Web.

The film, which began hitting cinemas in October (18), wrapped filming in April, and Claire has been growing her hair ever since.

“I loved it at the beginning and then I went through a strange period where I wanted to shave my own head,” she said of the style, reports Metro.

“Now I’m out the other side and hopefully it’s going to grow into something which I love again.”

The film received mixed reviews from critics, though Claire insisted in a recent interview with i newspaper that she has made peace with the “judgement” and “criticism” that would come with taking on the role, which has also been played by Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara in previous versions of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium novel series.

The 34-year-old also outlined to the newspaper how she had to bulk up.

“It was very physical,” she said. “I had to get muscles that I never had before in order to look right.”

However, she was careful not to make Lisbeth waif thin.

“I don’t want to project that image – I don’t think she has to be emaciated. I don’t know why she would have to be,” she added.

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Claire Foy surprised by fitness during prep for The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Claire Foy was astounded by the improvements in her fitness as she prepared for her role in The Girl in the Spider’s Web.The actress is playing hacker Lisbeth Salander in the sequel to David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, taking over the ro…

Claire Foy was astounded by the improvements in her fitness as she prepared for her role in The Girl in the Spider’s Web.

The actress is playing hacker Lisbeth Salander in the sequel to David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, taking over the role from Rooney Mara.

In the film, the story follows Lisbeth as she tries to rescue and exact vengeance for battered women, and the plot specifics required Claire to build up strength for the role. And having never trained with focus at the gym before, she was amazed by the results of her commitment.

“So much of it was about being physically able to do the stunts,” she recalled in a cover interview with American Vogue. “Suddenly I was like, ‘I can do ten press-ups.’ I could run. I could lift weights.”

In addition to boosting her fitness levels, the British star has also been required to change her physical appearance, swapping the ladylike bob she sported while playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown, for a short, punky, jet black haircut.

However, Claire’s three-year-old daughter Ivy Rose – whom she shares with ex-husband Stephen Campbell Moore – was not a fan of her mother’s startling new look.

“My daughter hated my haircut, because apparently mummies are supposed to have long hair, not undercuts,” the 34-year-old told Entertainment Tonight, adding that the makeover also seemed to make her less approachable in the eyes of others.

“I think all my friends really enjoyed it, but you end up having to kind of dress differently and people definitely cross to the other side of the road to avoid you in society.”

The Girl in the Spider’s Web hits cinemas from 18 October (18).

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Claire Foy’s daughter hated mum’s Girl in the Spider’s Web makeunder

Claire Foy’s three-year-old daughter hated mum’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web look. The Crown star joined Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara when she became the third actress to take on tough-as-nails vigilante computer hacker Lisbeth Salander in the latest…

Claire Foy’s three-year-old daughter hated mum’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web look.

The Crown star joined Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara when she became the third actress to take on tough-as-nails vigilante computer hacker Lisbeth Salander in the latest movie inspired by late author Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy books.

Foy insisted on making herself virtually unrecognisable for the part and admits her daughter, Ivy, wasn’t a fan of mum’s makeunder.

“My daughter hated my haircut,” Foy tells Entertainment Tonight, “because apparently mommies are supposed to have long hair, not undercuts.”

And Foy admits she noticed her Salander look made her a little less approachable in the eyes of others: “I think all my friends really enjoyed it, but you end up having to kind of dress differently and people definitely cross to the other side of the road to avoid you in society,” she smiles.

Claire also reveals she had no problems shedding the dark character at the end of each day, because she had to be a mum first.

“I took the leather off…,” she explains. “Having a child really helps you to not stay in character because you have to be yourself.”

But the Brit loved playing complex Lisbeth in The Girl in the Spider’s Web – a complete role reversal from portraying Queen Elizabeth II on The Crown.

“I loved her and her fearlessness,” Foy says. “She’s incredibly non-judgmental and brave and vengeful and I just wanted some of that.”

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Lakeith Stanfield wants to play a villain

Lakeith Stanfield’s ideal role would be playing a “crazy, creepy character” like the Joker.The 26-year-old is fast becoming hot Hollywood property, with roles in critically acclaimed projects like Get Out and Atlanta already under his belt.His next fil…

Lakeith Stanfield’s ideal role would be playing a “crazy, creepy character” like the Joker.

The 26-year-old is fast becoming hot Hollywood property, with roles in critically acclaimed projects like Get Out and Atlanta already under his belt.

His next film is the latest Lisbeth Salander instalment, The Girl in the Spider’s Web. He’s also recently wrapped on comedy-drama Someone Great, but what he’d most like to play is a baddie.

“I mean, in my perfect world I would just be the Joker and that would be all I be… maybe Edward Scissorhands. Some crazy, creepy character that gets to wear a mask, or paint, or something like that,” Lakeith divulged to Vogue. “Maybe if I could play, like, a Kanye West type of being, that just makes people feel things and think things and (makes them) mad and happy and sad. I feel like that’s truly in my spirit to be a character like that.”

In Netflix film Someone Great, he stars opposite Gina Rodriguez, Brittany Snow, and Rosario Dawson.

The film, produced by Jane the Virgin star Gina and Bridesmaids helmer Paul Feig, among others, follows a woman on the rebound from a nasty break-up, who travels with her two best friends to New York City.

“I needed to do this film, because relationships have been interesting for me,” Lakeith said. “So this is a way to explore some things I may not have mentioned and talked about in the flesh with the people that I have been in relationships with… an opportunity to sort of dive in in a sort of cathartic way.”

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Claire Foy thrilled to join ‘lovely club’ of Lisbeth Salander actresses

Claire Foy is looking forward to unveiling her version of Stieg Larsson’s famed character Lisbeth Salander.The British actress is in the final stages of shooting the crime thriller The Girl in the Spider’s Web, in which she plays the troubled computer …

Claire Foy is looking forward to unveiling her version of Stieg Larsson’s famed character Lisbeth Salander.

The British actress is in the final stages of shooting the crime thriller The Girl in the Spider’s Web, in which she plays the troubled computer hacker, the lead figure in the late Swedish author’s Millennium novel series.

Lisbeth has previously been imagined by Noomi Rapace in the Swedish film adaptations of the books and by American star Rooney Mara in the 2011 adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, with Claire now excited to bring audiences her take.

“As an actor, you’re very used to reincarnating roles. I’m from England; we do a lot of Shakespeare,” she told Empire magazine. “I’m my version of Lisbeth Salander, which will inevitably be both different and similar. Either way, it’s a lovely club to join.”

The Girl in the Spider’s Web will follow Lisbeth and journalist Mikael Blomkvist, as played by Sverrir Gudnason, as find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials. Sylvia Hoeks, Lakeith Stanfield, Stephen Merchant and Vicky Krieps round out the cast, with Fede Alvarez directing.

And Claire can’t praise the Don’t Breathe filmmaker enough.

“I couldn’t have taken the job just for the role alone – it was all him really,” the 34-year-old smiled.

The actress’ role comes after she played Anne Boleyn in TV series Wolf Hall, Diana Cavendish in biographical drama Breathe and Sawyer Valentini in Unsane.

But she’s best known for her portrayal of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix show The Crown and found acting as the monarch to be more challenging than taking on Lisbeth.

“All the parts I’d had up to playing Elizabeth were the opposite of her as well. So that felt more of a departure for me than this,” she added.

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Claire Foy shows off her new look as The Girl in the Spider’s Web begins filming

Claire Foy has debuted her stunning transformation as The Girl in the Spider’s Web heroine Lisbeth Salander. The Crown star will take on the role of the Scandinavian computer hacker, previously portrayed onscreen by Rooney Mara and Noomi Rapace, in …

Claire Foy has debuted her stunning transformation as The Girl in the Spider’s Web heroine Lisbeth Salander.

The Crown star will take on the role of the Scandinavian computer hacker, previously portrayed onscreen by Rooney Mara and Noomi Rapace, in director Fede Alvarez’s new movie, which has started shooting in Sweden, and she appeared with the filmmaker and her castmates Sverrir Gudnason, Stephen Merchant, and Lakeith Stanfield for a photocall as the project launched over the weekend.

Sporting Salander’s famous short, dark hairstyle, the Brit revealed she was thrilled to be playing the iconic literary heroine from the pages of late author Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series books.

And she and Alvarez insist their new film, based on the fourth book in the series which was completed by author David Lagercrantz after Larsson’s death, will really help film fans understand what drives one of the movie world’s most enigmatic characters in recent years.

“What I really wanted to do was to send her into a place of her life and in this case to her past to confront things that will hopefully reveal a bit more about who she truly is,” Fede told Reuters.

“When you think you know, when you think you have figured her out, she does something that changes everything you thought you knew. That’s what’s fun about her.”

Foy added, “I think inside she knows who she is but the outside have always seen her as a victim. People have been taking advantage of that and I think she’s just a survivor and non-judgmental and just… I love her. I love her.”

The pair’s film is set to hit cinemas in November (18).

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Andreja Pejic set to make feature film debut

Andreja Pejic is set to make her feature film debut in The Girl in the Spider’s Web.The 26-year-old, who was the first openly transgender model to be signed by Ford Models, will make her first movie appearance alongside The Crown star Claire Foy, with …

Andreja Pejic is set to make her feature film debut in The Girl in the Spider’s Web.

The 26-year-old, who was the first openly transgender model to be signed by Ford Models, will make her first movie appearance alongside The Crown star Claire Foy, with the film set to hit cinemas from 9 November (18).

Based on the novel of the same name by bestselling Swedish author David Lagercrantz, the crime-thriller sees Claire play Lisbeth Salander, a computer hacker who finds herself caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals, and corrupt government officials. It is not yet known what part Andreja will take on.

The Australian star broke ground in the fashion industry by walking in Jean Paul Gaultier’s menswear and womenswear shows in 2011, before completing her transition to womanhood in late 2013. She also previously appeared in David Bowie’s music video for The Stars (Are Out Tonight) alongside Tilda Swinton.

The movie will be directed by Don’t Breathe’s Fede Alvarez, who penned the script with Steven Knight and Jay Basu. It is being produced by Amy Pascal, Elizabeth Cantillon, and Scott Rudin, while David Beaubaire is overseeing the project for Sony.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web novel is the fourth instalment in the Millennium book series and the first written by Lagercrantz, who took over writing duties following the death of creator Stieg Larsson.

Larsson’s original novel trilogy was adapted into a series of Swedish-language films starring Noomi Rapace as Salander in 2009. The first, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, was given an American remake in 2011 and starred Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig as the main characters.

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