Felicity Jones charmed by 'intimate side' of Stephen Hawking's life

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 11 December 2014
Felicity Jones

Felicity Jones

'The Theory of Everything' actress Felicity Jones only discovered "the intimate side" of Stephen Hawking's life after agreeing to appear in the movie

Felicity Jones only discovered "the intimate side" of Stephen Hawking's life after she agreed to star in 'The Theory of Everything'.

The new movie, which also features Eddie Redmayne, tells the story of Professor Hawking's relationship with Jane Wilde and his battle against motor neuron disease.

Speaking at the UK premiere of the new film in central London, Felicity told BANG Showbiz that she was touched by the story, explaining: "I obviously knew the story of Stephen Hawking, because he's such an incredible icon. I felt like I knew him really well, even though I didn't know the intimate side of his life.

"But it was only when I read the script that I realised about this phenomenal relationship that he and Jane Hawking had, and the relationship with [Jane's second husband] Jonathan Jones."

Jane and Stephen were married between 1965 and 1995, and their love story is the focal point of the new film, which also stars Emily Watson and Charlie Cox.

Meanwhile, Eddie - who plays the Professor in the new film - claimed recently that he was "incredibly flirtatious" when he visited the set of 'The Theory of Everything'.

Eddie said he was in awe of the Professor's charm and wit when he was introduced to Felicity, who plays his ex-wife.

The 32-year-old star said: "It's amazing, the aura he has. You're so used to how he looks - the silhouette and the voice - and I was really nervous. I just waffled - talking about him, to him. It was pretty embarrassing. Felicity came in and they got on like a house on fire. Stephen was incredibly flirtatious. A complete player."

The Theory of Everything

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US / UK
  • 2h 3min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Marsh
  • Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior
  • UK release: 1 January 2015

Stephen Hawking (Redmayne) and Jane Wilde (Jones) lock eyes at a university party, but their budding love affair is given a blow by his diagnosis of motor neurone disease. Redmayne is astonishingly good and Jones inspires sympathy and admiration, but the script is never really convincing.

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