For her first outing of 2015, Felicity attending the annual Palm Springs Film Festival – looking stunning in a navy blue dress.
IndieWire has released a series of videos in which Felicity talks about her newest film The Theory of Everything. She discusses how she prepared to play Jane Hawking and the challenges behind portraying a real person on screen.
I would like to take a moment to wish all of our visitors a very happy and safe New Year! We’ll see you on the other side in 2015…
Last month, Felicity was featured in the Oscars edition of The Wrap – she really is making a name for herself isn’t she?
A little video was also filmed alongside the photo shoot and article. Watch it here!
Felicity Jones has been the romantic ingénue, the 19th century mistress and now, in “The Theory of Everything,” the stoic and deeply loving wife of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne), a role that required her to play a real-life character over more than 20 years. As Hawking loses his ability to walk, then eat, then speak, Jones as Jane Hawking must step in to provide all the tools of daily life.
Sharon Waxman: Did you feel the weight of carrying so much of the film’s dialogue?
Felicity Jones: Yes. We both felt a responsibility to Jane and Stephen because they are extraordinary people, and wanting to bring all the truth and nuance of their relationship. A lot of that came from watching documentary footage, meeting caregivers and patients, seeing what that’s like, just trying to understand that relationship and that dependence on each other. We’re really lucky [director] James Marsh gave us months of time to prepare and just be in a room together, make loads of mistakes and make fools out of ourselves. It was just building up trust with each other.
SW: Talk about the complicity between you and Eddie. Was it a real thing or did it come from rehearsal?
FJ: Yeah, we came across it all the time. There’s a moment in one of the documentaries about Stephen when one of his caregivers is feeding him champagne on a spoon. We would see that and think, ‘We need to put that in the film.’ The story is based on Jane’s memoir, which was written after Stephen left her for his nurse. But there’s nothing vengeful about it, you just see this incredible devotion. We both felt that the moment when Stephen and Jane break up is in the spelling board scene. That’s when something in the relationship is broken and they can’t carry on anymore. The profundity of this incredibly intelligent man who will no longer be able to speak is just incredibly overwhelming for both of them. So when they do break up later on, it’s more that there’s a letting go of each other. When Stephen says he’s going to America with Elaine, they both acknowledge that it’s over, which is the painful moment for them.
SW: Did you spend time with Jane?
FJ: I did. I met her at the end of the rehearsal process. When you start to inhabit the character and work out who this person is, it’s nerve-wracking when you meet them quite late on, because you think, ‘Well, gosh, if this isn’t right I’ll have to start again.’ I met Jane and she has this incredible ability to command a room. There is something of the battle general in her, which I felt in the scene where Stephen’s father says to Jane, ‘This is going to be a huge defeat,’ and she says, ‘No, it’s not. We’re all going to pull together.’ In meeting Jane, I saw that in her, she does have this will and determination. They are a true match for each other.
SW: Did she give you any advice?
FJ: Absolutely. But you don’t just horse in there straight away and start asking personal questions. We spent time and got to know each other. She was very generous, showing pictures of her and Stephen when they first met, and showed this very intimate side of their life. They didn’t give us any sort of limitations; they trusted us wholeheartedly.
SW:How else did you prepare for the part?
FJ: I had to go and work out at the gym. I hate going to the gym. I was like, ‘I’ve got to get really strong.’ You find you’re lifting a full-grown man from the chair to the bed, and it takes enormous physical strength. You have to be tough physically and tough emotionally. Every day, I was sort of like, ‘Jane has to have 10 pairs of hands.’ I have such respect for her. Both of them, you know. They’ve both got struggles, but in different ways.
A while ago I found a sweet video and photoshoot from the Variety Studio earlier this month, but completely forgot to add it to the site! The video was aired a couple of days ago on PBS, but for those in other countries – or if you missed it – you can watch it by clicking here. Enjoy!
With a huge thank you to ‘Sylvia’ I have added 3 quirky new photos of Felicity posing for last week’s Sunday Times. It’s a much grittier look than the one we’re used to seeing from Fliss!
I have also stumbled upon a nice little snippet of information, telling us that Felicity has recently bought a new apartment overseas.
British actress Felicity Jones recently bought an apartment in Brooklyn, New York and intends to split her time across both sides of the Atlantic.
The Theory of Everything star purchased the Stateside home because she prefers a permanent base in the U.S. rather than constantly checking into hotels while working in America.
She tells The Sunday Times Style magazine, “It’s important to have a home base when you’re travelling all the time… although I’m getting good at making hotels homely as soon as I get in – a little candle, some throws to put around.
“My priority right now is to buy cushions for my new place and make it as cosy as possible. I just bought a big rug from Ikea that I’m very fond of. Thank God for Ikea!”
The Belfast Telegraph released this lovely little article featuring Felicity yesterday:
Felicity Jones feels lucky when it comes to the roles she has played.
The British actress is currently starring in The Theory of Everything, a biopic of physicist Stephen Hawking’s private life, as he and his family deal with his motor neuron disease diagnosis.
The 31-year-old plays Stephen’s wife Jane, a strong character who keeps the family going.
“I feel like I personally have been lucky,” Felicity told the British edition of Esquire magazine when asked if there were enough complex roles for women out there. “If the part isn’t always there on the page, I’ve had good relationships with writers where there’s an openness to bring more to the role.
“But you know, Reese Witherspoon is producing Wild, Angelina Jolie is now directing. That’s really important, to have women in those roles. There will be more great female parts, the more that happens.”
The Theory of Everything doesn’t shy away from showing the realities of coping with such a dilapidating illness.
Eddie Redmayne takes on the role of Stephen, and the film is hotly tipped for Oscar success.
“Some days were hard,” she admitted. “But Eddie and I had got to the point where we were reading each other very well, so it made doing those scenes a lot easier.
“It’s lovely to have made something people have a visceral response to. It’s just very exciting. You don’t get to make films that are purely character-driven, it’s very rare, and so I am revelling in it, actually.”
Does anyone else, like me, still find it difficult to believe Felicity is 31 years old already?!
I have also found this nice little video from The Hollywood Reporter featuring Felicity:
I hope everyone has been enjoying the festive period! Today I have added some scans from Felicity’s first magazine spread of 2015 – featured in Tatler magazine.
I have also uncovered some lovely images of Felicity and her co-stars, taking last month, at a small screening of The Theory of Everything in New York.
The first trailer for Felicity’s 2015 film True Story was recently released. You may be fooled into thinking this is a comedy with the cast line up for the film – but it looks like an incredible thriller!
Now that I finally have internet once more (house move complete at last!), I have also added some photos of Felicity attending the London premiere of The Theory of Everything to the gallery.
Two weeks ago Felicity and co-star Eddie Redmayne attended the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, I was a bit slow in updating again (I promise I’m getting there!) but here are over 80 beautiful pictures from the event.
Throughout the past month I have been updating the gallery with new images behind the scenes, including event photos and professional shoots. Do check out the latest images page regularly to catch them all!