Sarah Polley is an example of a great actor who turned to filmmaking to further his artistry. After working as a child actress in productions such as the CBC/Disney Channel co-production Road to Avonlea, in 1997 she began taking more mature roles in films such as Atom Egoyan’s small-town tragedy The Sweet Hereafter. After years of acting, her first feature-length directorial work was 2007’s Away From Her, starring Julie Christie.
On the Happy Sad Confused podcast, host Josh Horowitz asked Claire Foy if she was a fan of Polley’s work prior to Women Talking. The actor replied: “Yes, I had. So I watched ‘Take This Waltz’ really weird in lockdown before… and then for some reason I just watched what she was directing on IMDb.
Foy went on to say that at some point during filming, she and co-star Rooney Mara exchanged views on the 1980s children’s series “Ramona,” which Foy calls one of her favorite shows. To Foy’s dismay, she discovered that the title role in “Ramona” was played by none other than a young Sarah Polley.
When Horowitz asked Foy if she knew it was Polley as a character, she said, “No! And then when I realized it, I was like, ‘This is so embarrassing I can’t tell her I just realized who she is I need to tell her how much I love her. But is it weird that I’m only telling her halfway through production?’” She ended by sharing how much she loved her director’s acting too.