Despite the media and fan excitement generated by the consecutive casting of a female lead in the two most recent “Star Wars” movies, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” star Felicity Jones seems politely unsurprised.
“I’m asked a lot, ‘Oh, my God. It’s a female lead.’ I sort of feel like, if it was a giraffe leading it, then that would be a weird point of conversation,” Jones says. While the rest of Hollywood is still struggling to diversify their call sheets, Jones has already moved on to the next phase, where casting a woman in an action movie is old news.
“It would be very unusual to have a giraffe as the lead,” Jones repeats with such calm sincerity that it makes the listener unsure if it’s OK to make jokes about how a giraffe would fit into the Millennium Falcon.
In the midst of a whirlwind “Star Wars” press tour, Jones has stopped for a brisk tea at the Hotel Bel-Air, just a few hours before she, and the rest of the “Rogue One” cast, will climb out of a life-size X-Wing spacecraft on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” For someone who is mere moments from climbing out of a giant spaceship in heels on television, she’s collected, focused and unafraid to challenge the very premise of my questions.
Will the world ever stop being amazed when Hollywood builds a blockbuster action film around a female character? Jones leans forward, gently insisting, “We’re there now. We’re there now.”
The English actress’ warm earnestness is a refreshing turn from the canned answers that often tumble out from actors on the promotion trail. She’s cheery but real. Kind but candid. When asked what she took with her from the “Rogue One” shoot she offers, precisely, “my character’s [Jyn Erso’s] boots. I wore those boots even before shooting. I would wear them for weeks before to kind of get the feel of them. I felt very close to those boots.” Read More