The Oscar nominee stars in two very different roles over the next few months – but how does she mix things up in real life?
“I’m not afraid of challenges”
British actress Felicity Jones made her big Hollywood breakthrough in the 2011 romantic drama Like Crazy, and four years later she earned a Best Actress nomination at the Academy Awards for her role as Professor Stephen Hawking’s wife, Jane, in The Theory Of Everything.
Over the next few months, we’ll see her play an adventuring medic in the new Dan Brown adaptation Inferno, and an interstellar criminal in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The Red Bulletin talked to the actress about pushing boundaries and facing new challenges…
THE RED BULLETIN: You’ve acquired a lot of different skills for your movie roles, including skateboarding and snowboarding. What’s the secret of mastering new disciplines?
FELICITY JONES: Time and effort: a lot of both. It’s pretty laborious. Whenever I pick up something new, I have to do it over and over again. Great golfers always say it takes practice to achieve that moment of ease and spontaneity, which means you have to keep on doing it afterwards, too. I haven’t been snowboarding for six years – I’ll have to get back on the slope to see if I can still do it.
Mustn’t you also overcome the fear of failure?
Sure. But I’m not afraid of challenges. I embrace every opportunity to do something new. I grew up in quite an adventurous, outdoorsy family; we went horse-riding, biking, surfing and skiing. Most kids rebel against their parents’ lifestyle.
No. My brother and I were always pushing our parents, because we wanted to go further and faster. When he became adept at rollerblading, I had to be good, too.
We always pushed the boundaries of how late we could stay out doing those things.
If you were a mother, would you support your kids in doing the same?
Children need boundaries. Even though it’s horrible being the ‘boring parent’, my instinct is that you need to be a bit boring for your children to grow up disciplined.
Have you kept on pushing the envelope as an adult?
In my work, yes. I have late nights where I’m constantly thinking, “Can we get it better? Did we do it justice?” As a creative person, you don’t have a choice.
“How to navigate through high-density tourist areas like St Mark’s Square. I also picked up some Italian.“
“I loved working with stunt people and learning to fight.“
So could you take us on right now?
You’re too big. Right now, I could hold my own only with a small person. Like I said, it all comes down to practice.