Ahead of next month’s release of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Felicity Jones is the subject of an extensive new Glamour profile. In it, she talks about how the role is a kind of Disney princess — albeit a “very contemporary, kick-ass” one.
“The opportunity to play someone determined, who’s trying to find her skills as a leader; to be in a fantasy movie; to be able to do a leading female role in a film of that scale — that’s very, very rare,” continues Jones, who earned an Oscar nomination for her role in “The Theory of Everything” and also stars in next month’s “A Monster Calls.” She describes Jyn as “completely her own woman” with traces of both Luke Skywalker and Han Solo — which influenced the character’s costume.
Asked whether she had to fight to have her character desexualized, Jones responds, “Not for a second. Everyone wanted to create a character that was not in any way objectified. We didn’t want to sexualize Jyn.”
“I’ve always been a feminist,” the actress adds, “and what I love in my work is being able to explore a full-sided woman and not patronize her. Particularly with Jyn, it’s such a rare opportunity to be able to play a female who’s not just thinking about [romantic] relationships.” Read her full profile here.