Felicity Jones' special role

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 31 December 2014
Felicity Jones

Felicity Jones

Felicity Jones says it was "special" portraying Jane Wilde in 'The Theory of Everything' and she feels lucky to have been given such a great role

Felicity Jones says it was "special" portraying Jane Wilde in 'The Theory of Everything'.

The 31-year-old actress plays the ex-wife of world renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking in the biopic and she admits playing a real life character in the new film, brought its own unique concerns.

Felicity reflected: "I'm very lucky to get such an extraordinary role. Jane is someone who has such a formidable strength and my friends have complained over the last few months about me talking about her so much. But it was very special to play her.

"You know that it's such a personal thing and that person can sit down and watch, and so you say, 'I've got to get this right.' "

Felicity - who stars opposite Eddie Redmayne in the film - enjoyed getting the chance to meet Jane as she felt it helped with her performance.

She added: "But it was a wonderful thing, in meeting her you got the idea of there being so many idiosyncrasies that I wanted to put in the film."

Jane was married to the acclaimed academic from 1965 to 1995 and their relationship forms the focal point of the new biopic, which is directed by James Marsh.

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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