With “Inferno”, “A Monster Calls” and “Rogue One” right around the corner, 32-year-old British star Felicity Jones is having an exceptionally busy year.
“It was nonstop,” she tells The Hollywood Reporter of her hectic year. “But I always think when things are going well, you’ve got to roll with it and take those opportunities. Because you never quite know where the next one is going to take you.”
The actress first gained the attention of Hollywood with her starring role in 2011’s “Like Crazy” opposite Anton Yelchin. The movie forged a friendship between the pair that lasted until the actor’s tragic death in June.
“It’s been devastating,” Jones says of her friend’s death. “It doesn’t feel like there’s any justice or there’s no way of understanding it, really. It’s just been a very difficult time for his family. They’re very dignified, beautiful people. He was just like no one else. He really was a unique soul.”
Jones, who earned an Oscar nomination for her role in “The Theory Of Everything”, has found herself under the intense scrutiny of “Star Wars” fans and the media, starring in the franchise’s first spin-off production “Rogue One”.
As Jyn Erso, Jones is a former criminal-turned-solider recruited to take part in the theft of the Death Star building plans. The film made headlines when the cast and crew returned to film reshoots for “Rogue One”, something Jones downplays.
“Obviously when you come to the edit, you see the film come together and you think, ‘Actually, we could do this better, and this would make more sense if we did this,’ ” she says of the reshoots. “I’ve done it so many times. I mean, you wouldn’t just give your first draft on this story, would you?”