Felicity Jones is in the midst of the biggest year of her career. First up, the British actress and Oscar nominee is starring as Dr. Sienna Brooks opposite Tom Hanks in Ron Howard’s “Inferno,” the third film based on Dan Brown’s bestsellers. On the heels of that is “A Monster Calls” where the 33-year-old plays a single mom with terminal cancer, before topping it all off as Rebel Alliance fighter Jyn Erso, in “Star Wars: Rogue One.” It’s going to be a life-changer. Despite being on the cusp of global fame, Jones says she’s still got a lot to learn and explains why she prefers the quiet life.
How was it to work with Ron Howard?
I've always said that you learn something with every project. On this occasion, “Inferno” showed me that nothing is carved in stone regarding work, because it was something completely different to what I've done. I learned from Ron and Tom that you have to enjoy your job for it to be noticed on the big screen. I worked with two of the most creative and fun people in the industry. While shooting we laughed so much that just remembering it my stomach hurts — the team was so full of energy and enthusiasm. It was like it was everybody’s first movie, and that was contagious.
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What can you tell us about your character?
I liked the way they show her as a strong, intelligent woman. She is a doctor at a hospital in Florence, who looks after Robert Langdon after his accident. Throughout the story she performs various tasks that put her in the spotlight. I think the burden she has shows the potential of women without falling into feminism or excesses or weaknesses.
You’ve worked alongside some huge names in your career. Have you ever felt intimidated?
Not to date. I've had great support from my colleagues, both on film and television. I have never felt threatened or belittled during any projects. Because that is like being afraid, and if there is something I am sure of, it is how to do my job. Obviously, there is always criticism or comments when I think, “That would probably not be said to another actor.” There is still much to achieve to have gender balance in this industry, but I think great steps have been made.