You may not have heard of British actress Felicity Jones before seeing The Theory of Everything, but now she’s nominated for the Best Actress Oscar. In our exclusive clip, both Jane Wilde and Stephen Hawking weigh in on Jones’ performance.
If you like period films, you may have caught the 2013 biopic The Invisible Woman, about famed writer Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes), and his mistress, Nelly, who was played wonderfully by actress Felicity Jones.
Now, Jones is up for the Oscar for playing another real-life woman, Jane Wilde Hawking, who was married to astrophysicist Stephen Hawking for 30 years and is also the mother of their three children.
While Charles Dickens and his mistress died more than a century ago, both the Hawkings are still very much alive and made themselves available to the actors while they made the film The Theory of Everything.
In our clip, Jones talks about spending time with Jane Wilde Hawking, getting to know her and even picking up on her speech patterns and mannerisms. When the real Jane watched the film, she said, “When I saw her on the screen, I thought, ‘My goodness, that’s me,’ because she had captured my mannerisms and not only that, but I could recognize my modes of speech through Felicity. It was a beautifully played part.”
Even Stephen Hawking himself said, using his computerized voice with an American accent, “Felicity made a very charming Jane.”
Eddie Redmayne, who played Stephen Hawking in the film, said, “Felicity was absolutely specific about capturing the essence of Jane, someone who is formidably strong, intelligent with an extraordinary backbone, but with a wonderful fragility, a warmth.”
Watch our clip to hear more from Redmayne and the director James Marsh on Jones’ stunning transformation into Jane Wilde Hawking.
The Theory of Everything releases on DVD and Blu-ray on Feb. 17. If you missed it in the theaters, be sure to watch it before the Oscars on Feb. 22.