Felicity Jones on ‘The Theory of Everything’ – And Acting

 

Felicity Jones delivers an inspired performance in The Theory of Everything as Jane Hawking, the woman who spent a substantial portion of her life as Stephen Hawking’s steadfast companion. The critically acclaimed film, now playing nationwide, is based on Jane Hawking’s memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen.

Jones also did memorable work last year playing Charles Dickens’ mistress in the Ralph Fiennes directed drama The Invisible Woman (Fiennes played the author), and just from those performances, one would assume Jones’ acting path will continue to grow in a creatively sublime manner.

The Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones. Credit: Liam Daniel/Focus Features
The Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones. Credit: Liam Daniel/Focus Features

During The Theory of Everything interviews, I asked Felicity Jones what advice she’d give up and coming actors, and she noted that “stamina” and “determination” are two important qualities to in one’s tool set.

“You’re not acting unless you’re doing it. You’re not an actor unless you’re there doing it with other people. You can’t be an actor in isolation. And so wherever you can – I just started off (with) a local drama group and that’s such a useful way to start acting.” 

To hear Felicity Jones’ full answer to the acting question, please click on the media bar below:

Felicity Jones Finds “Infinity” With ‘The Theory of Everything’

 

Opening in select cities November 7, The Theory of Everything centers on the inspiring and steadfast relationship between astrophysicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and his wife Jane (Felicity Jones). The film, directed by Man on Wire filmmaker James Marsh, is based on Jane Hawking’s memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen.

“This is a fascinating and formidable woman to be playing,” said Jones. “It was a project where I knew that I would need to do a lot of research and a lot of preparation. When you’re playing real people, you feel a sense of responsibility, because you know that they’re going to see it at some people. It can sound a bit grandiose, but you want to do justice to their experiences – and Jane and Steven, they really lived extraordinary lives in an extraordinary way.”

In the audio clip below, Felicity Jones talks about the prep work involved in tackling such real life women as Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything and Nelly Ternan in The Invisible Woman.

The Theory of Everything (Focus Features)

Eddie Redmayne Inspired By Stephen Hawking in ‘The Theory of Everything’

Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables, My Week with Marilyn) delivers a sublime performance as renowned physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. It’s a performance that’s garnering Redmayne, who won a Tony in 2010 for his work in Redgreat notices (the movie comes out November 7).

Redmayne and co-star Felicity Jones, who plays Hawking’s strong willed wife, should be names that will be discussed when awards season comes around.

According to a Variety piece on RedmayneHawking described the movie as “broadly true” and even celebrated after the movie’s screening with the movie’s director (James Marsh) and scribe (Anthony McCarten).

“He has this amazing sense of humor,” said Redmayne, who first met Hawking five days before shooting started. “And an amazing sense of mischief and this sort of like glint in his eye.

During today’s press junket for The Theory of Everything, I asked Redmayne about his reaction to Hawking’s positive response about the film (a nurse reportedly “wiped a tear from Hawking’s eye” after the screening). Click on the audio below to hear Eddie Redmayne:

Blu-Ray Review: ‘The Invisible Woman’ Is A Tale of Two Dickens

The Invisible Woman (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

Recently released on Blu-ray, The Invisible Woman (111 minutes, Rated R) centers on the life of Ellen Ternan (Felicity Jones), an 18-year-old woman who enters a love affair with a married Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes). Directed by Fiennes, the narrative is mainly told from Ternan’s point of view, as she starts off as a wide eyed teenager who’s smitten with the great author.

The film, based on , also deals with the woman’s new life after Dickens passing.  Ellen would later change her name to Nelly and live an altogether separate life as a married woman and schoolteacher. Felicity Jones does nuanced work as “the invisible woman,” an independent minded spirit who finds herself caught in Dickens’ formidable shadow, even after his passing. Kristin Scott Thomas, who previously worked with Fiennes in The English Patient, co-stars as Ternan’s mother.

Although the narrative delves into Charles Dickens’ own conflicts in keeping a happy home while also continuing his passionate romance with his muse, it’s Ternan’s own path towards acceptance which serves as the heart of the story. 

Special features on the Blu-ray include commentary from Fiennes and Jones, Red Carpet coverage at the Toronto Film Festival and an informative SAG Q&A featuring Fiennes and Jones.

The Invisible Woman (Sony Pictures Classics)
The Invisible Woman (Sony Pictures Classics)

Towards the end of the SAG interview, Fiennes elaborated on the theme of The Invisible Woman.

“What moved me to make the film was (it was about) a woman seeking closure with a relationship, with a past love affair, a past intimacy,” said Fiennes. “That moved me – the idea that someone is haunted by something in their past, in this case a love affair which they still have not had reconciliation with. I want the audience to witness what that journey is for Nelly and reflect on it. I think, most people in their life, whether it’s with a lover or a sibling or a parent or a child, if you lose that person, it affects you and it’s not easy to articulate closure with it. So that, for me, is what the film is about.”