Felicity Jones Quotes

Felicity Jones Quotes On Acting

Acting has always existed alongside my normal life. It’s been a case of learning on the job. I’ve worked in so many styles, with so many people, so I’ve picked bits up from everyone and everything.

I would work as hard as possible at school so I could keep acting alongside.

I feel like with acting it’s not like you make a choice – it’s kind of in you and you have to do it or you wouldn’t be able to survive.

I really enjoyed it – being involved in watching rushes and playback [in “The Invisible Woman”]. Ralph [Fiennes] was very open to my input, I think knowing that he couldn’t always be there 100 percent, that he had dual aims with directing and acting.

Felicity Jones Quotes On Character

As a child, I always liked dressing up and getting into character, and actors are lucky in being able to retain that playfulness, though we do seem to find it hard to grow up.

I always wear the shoes of the character a week before going on set; the idea of just putting on a new pair of shoes on the first day of filming is just horrific.

I’m a real geek. I love spending time researching a character and reading about them.

I think in every character there are aspects of yourself that you bring to it. But then it would be really boring to just play yourself.

I think Nelly [Ternan]

I think Nelly [Ternan] actually has something very conservative about her, and she’s very judgmental of (this other character’s) situation, and can see that’s about to happen to herself. So she judges it even more harshly [because] it’s what she fears becoming.

Felicity Jones Quotes On Dickens

I think that when [Charles] Dickens met Nelly [Ternan] it unleashed this sort of carnal, anarchic, cruel energy within him, and literally after she met him he changed his whole life – he separated from [his wife] Catherine, he stopped all the children from seeing her and went on this bitter rampage.

I think [Charles] Dickens was an extrovert and Nelly [Ternan] an introvert, and I think that Nelly saw beyond the fame and adulation and she actually loved Dickens essentially for who he was. So I think he felt like she was someone he could be himself with.

I studied English literature at university, but for some reason we only spent one week on [Charles] Dickens, so I remember just trying to find the shortest book that I could find. I was like, “‘Hard Times,’ really great – it’s short, that’ll do it.”

I was into Virginia Woolf and James Joyce [at university] and I think we all thought that [Charles] Dickens wasn’t that cool.

But since doing the film [“The Invisible Woman”] I’ve really learned to appreciate [Charles Dickens], he’s phenomenal. “Great Expectations” would be one of my favorites.

Felicity Jones Quotes On Films

I’m too much left brain. I very much have an emotional response to things; I love literature and films and storytelling. I need to nourish my right side, it doesn’t get a lot of exercise.

It was lucky that Ralph

It was lucky that Ralph [Fiennes] is someone who understands both film and theater and we were able to understand that scene so well before we took it to the set.

I’ve done quite a lot of improv work before, and I wanted to do this film [“The Invisible Woman”] because it felt like a different technique. We were very true to the lines, and there was something quite formal and almost theatrical about it.

A lot of my time is spent watching films and reading scripts. And it can be all-consuming. And it’s obviously something I’m fortunate that is both my work and my hobby. It’s what I would naturally be doing anyway.

But since doing the film [“The Invisible Woman”] I’ve really learned to appreciate [Charles Dickens], he’s phenomenal. “Great Expectations” would be one of my favorites.

The key is working with great directors. A film is so many different people and all their talents, but particularly the directors, because of the idiosyncrasies of that person.

There’s such a sense of theatre in getting glammed up; it’s like putting on a play or short film.

I’ve done a lot of very low-budget indie films, so it was just really exciting and fun to be doing a film where there’s a lot more time and these huge, vast sets. I was like a kid in a playground. It was amazing!

I hate it when, in films,

I hate it when, in films, the girl looks perfect in every shot. It’s quite nice if there’s a bit of dark circles underneath the eyes, if we see the reality of the situation that the person is going through.

Felicity Jones Quotes On Mother

I’m very independent, creatively, always trying to push myself – and I think that comes from my mother.

Always, my mother said, “Be yourself.” That is sometimes the hardest thing to do. I try to always remember that and come back to that and have strength in who you are. There is only one you.

My mother [was in advertising and] worked incredibly hard when she was bringing us up. She was a working mother and a working single parent.

My mother was in the kind of late-sixties, early-seventies origins of female emancipation. And she was very much like, “You’re not going to be defined by how you look. It’s going to be about who you are and what you do.”

My mother was in advertising

My mother was in advertising and worked incredibly hard when she was bringing us up. She was a working mother and a working single parent. That instills in you a sense of determination.

I was a tomboy running around in the garden. I used to play on a local cricket team. I grew up with all boy cousins, for the most part, and my brother. My mother was in the kind of late-sixties, early-seventies origins of female emancipation. And she was very much like, “You’re not going to be defined by how you look. It’s going to be about who you are and what you do.”

Now we live in a time where the public and the private are completely fused and there isn’t such a great distinction. We know our private lives are constantly made public. With Facebook and Twitter there isn’t such a desire, it feels, to keep things private.

Going to auditions is always so nerve-wracking. I don’t think they ever get any easier.

We live in a time where it’s more surprising if people are actually together than if they’re having affairs.

The British vice is overthinking before we speak, which is really annoying. I love the way that, in America, people are more straightforward. The American vice would be sometimes speaking too loudly. You can always hear American people on the trains!

I'm keen to have balance,

I’m keen to have balance, as much as possible. I put every ounce of myself into my work, but also it’s important that I don’t miss every single wedding of my best friends. I couldn’t do what I do without my friends and family.

I’m small. I’m petite. But I’m a bit of a fighter inside. In my work I fight for, I hope, showing women in a true way. They’ve got brains.

I’ve never taken a role where I don’t like a person on the page. Sometimes there are changes that need to be made.

I always had a very strong sense of independence. I really liked being able to buy my Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill album. I wore that as a badge of honor. I love not having to rely on anyone.

I studied English literature at university, but for some reason we only spent one week on [Charles] Dickens, so I remember just trying to find the shortest book that I could find. I was like, “‘Hard Times,’ really great – it’s short, that’ll do it.”

I think I actually did a production of “Under Milkwood,” this Welsh play, with my drama group (at school), and I always remember taking everything far too seriously, and that it wasn’t just a hobby but something I wanted to keep on doing.