Sunday 22 October 2017

Felicity Jones: I know rejection

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones at the Baftas
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones at the Baftas

Felicity Jones has told how she and Eddie Redmayne, her co-star on The Theory Of Everything, both shared something in common - rejection.

The pair play Professor Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane in the acclaimed movie.

Felicity, 31, told Yahoo: "Eddie and I have spent many years auditioning for film and TV projects together, and being turned down together. And then commiserating together."

She said she "fought" for her role as Stephen Hawking's ex-wife - which has landed the actress an Oscar nomination - and added: "But this was the first time we'd worked together."

Eddie, 33, said that he was perplexed about his new found celebrity status.

"Does anyone ever feel comfortable in it? Yeah, I am [perplexed]. I'm not going to lie," he said.

The 33-year-old spent four months visiting patients suffering from motor neurone disease in preparation for his role, which has seen him nominated for the best actor Oscar.

He said: "I'm so in their debt. All of them had been given a death sentence of some description, of two to 10 years. And yet across the board they were living their lives fully and passionately and with great humour, and it was greatly inspiring.

"I'm one of these people who gets caught up in the anxieties and foibles of the most banal stuff. So it was a great reminder that we only have one life and how we all have obstacles in front of us, but how you want to overcome them is what defines us."

Asked about his next role, he added: "If our dream is to create interesting stories and play interesting people, they don't come more extraordinary than Stephen and Jane.

"I think it's so rare in one's lifetime to get the opportunity to tell one of those. I feel really lucky for that. I try not to think of my jobs as competitive with each other."

He added, modestly: "Just retaining employment, frankly, is a wonderful thing."

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