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.
In “The Theory of Everything”, Felicity Jones plays Jane Wilde, the first wife of famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. The drama’s much buzzed-about performance is, of course, Redmayne’s, whose physical transformation into Stephen Hawking is a remarkable thing to watch. But Jones is not one to be relegated to just playing the wife of a genius. Jane goes through her own changes throughout the film, and Jones was determined to get her transformations, both physical and emotional, just right. It is this determination, in addition to a wonderful performance, that are no doubt getting her noticed throughout this year’s awards season, and putting her on the same playing field as her co-star, Redmayne.
In this first clip, Jones expresses just how much in awe she was when she learned more about the character she was playing, and the depth of her convictions.
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Felicity Jones (“The Theory Of Everything”) is in early talks to star opposite Tom Hanks in Ron Howard’s “Inferno”. Picture will be the third installment based on the Dan Brown series of novels best known for the blockbuster “The Da Vinci Code” book and film.
In “Inferno”, Harvard symbologist Henry Langdon (Hanks) awakens in an Italian hospital with amnesia. He teams up with Sienna Brooks, the role Jones is being considered for, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante’s Inferno.
Sony Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have enjoyed strong global returns from both “Da Vinci Code” and follow-up (and prequel) “Angels And Demons”. Brian Grazer produces alongside Howard. David Koepp wrote the script.
Jones is fast positioning herself as one of Britain’s most exciting young actresses, generating strong notices for her turn as Jane Hawking in Working Title’s awards-season contender “The Theory Of Everything”. She recently wrapped “Autobahn” for up-and-coming Brit helmer Eran Creevy (“Welcome To The Punch”) and is in production on Juan Antonio Bayona’s much-anticipated dark fairytale “A Monster Calls”.
Jones is repped by WME and Independent Talent Group.
Nearly every interview Felicity Jones has done over the past three years characterizes her as being on the cusp of stardom. But Jones says the cusp suits her just fine, as long as meaty characters continue coming her way. “I’m happiest when I’m discussing a script and working with interesting people,” she explains. Although this year marked her highest-profile film role to date, playing the Black Cat in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”, it’s her nuanced portrayal of Jane Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” that’s getting attention on the awards circuit. Directed by James Marsh, the film also stars Eddie Redmayne as Jane’s husband, renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, and is based on Jane’s 2007 memoir, “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen”. Jones recently spoke about her admiration for Jane and the huge responsibility she felt in playing a real-life character.
Where did things start with you playing Jane Hawking?
It always starts with a script. I like to have plenty of time to read something, and I always like to read a paper copy. I hate reading it on email. I sit down with a script, and want to see how it hits me. It’s an instinctive process. And when I read this, I just loved Jane’s character. There was this very unconventional situation and relationship between three people that was at the heart of the film.
What did you get out of meeting Jane that you didn’t get from reading the script and her memoir?
You get so much. You get someone’s character. When I met Jane, my job became so much easier because she has such a spirit and a warmth, but also there’s a determination to her. I realized quickly that she was a woman who knows what she wants.
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Stanley Kubrick once boasted to the writer Sara Maitland that there was no sentence in the English language he could not make into film. It became a game. While they worked together on an early, abortive draft of his movie “AI”, Maitland tried to think up unfilmable sentences. The one that finally gave Kubrick pause, she recalled, was: “She perfectly repressed her anger.” He didn’t live long enough to have a go at it, as it happened, but if you had to put money on anyone pulling off such a challenge, a better bet than Kubrick would be Felicity Jones.
Over the past decade or so, Jones has emerged as an actor with an uncanny capacity for not expressing complex emotions. Or more accurately, for telegraphing complex emotions that roil beneath a placid surface. From her lovelorn transatlantic students in “Like Crazy” and “Breathe In” to Charles Dickens’ mistress in “The Invisible Woman”, she has proved herself an expert in the very English art of just keeping a lid on it, perfectly repressing not just anger but also despair, heartbreak, jealousy, you name it. If they were planning a remake of “Brief Encounter”, she’d be a shoo-in for the Celia Johnson role.
“I actually love doing comedy!” she protests. In person, she’s polite, cheerful and attentive – a little guarded, perhaps, but in no way repressed. “I’m obsessed with subtexts. I love that we often don’t say what we feel. That gap between the two. I like it when actors reveal a lot without having to say it.”
Even Jones has her work cut out in “The Theory of Everything”. She plays Jane, wife of Stephen Hawking, in a story that spans their 25 year relationship. Eddie Redmayne gives a charismatic, committed performance as Hawking, but the story is really about Jane. As Hawking’s motor neurone disease diminishes his physical abilities, and thus his expressive capacities, it’s left to Jones to register the physical and emotional strain of caring for Hawking and their three children, and watching his scientific celebrity grow at the expense of her own ambitions. Not to mention being obliged to explain the incompatibility of quantum mechanics and gravitational theory to dinner guests on Hawking’s behalf, using peas and potatoes.
“Eddie and I were completely reliant on each other, as Jane and Stephen became one person in many ways,” she says. “Jane becomes Stephen’s body and voice, which comes with all sorts of complications and frustrations on both sides. So it was always about us working off each other. There had to be this feeling of complete synchronicity.”
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