Hometown: Birmingham, UK
Why She's On Our Radar: Up-and-comer Felicity Jones has had one hell of a year. The British beauty arrived in Park City earlier this year as a relative unknown and came out as a full fledged indie queen with Sundance's Best Actress gong (beating out Elizabeth Olsen, Brit Marling and Adepero Oduye) for her stellar work in Drake Doremus' indie love story "Like Crazy." She's since been on roll, appearing in the David Hare's "Page Eight" opposiite Bill Nighy and Rachel Weisz and netting a Gotham Awards nomination for Breakthrough Actor.
What's Next: Prior to screening "Like Crazy" at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, Jones wrapped her second outing with Doremus. "It’s a companion piece to 'Like Crazy' in many ways," she said of the untitled project. "It’s about a young woman who goes to live with an American family and falls in love with the husband. It’s about loving someone you shouldn’t." You can next see Jones in "Hysteria," a period sex romp starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy, which recently got picked up by Sony Pictures Classics.
Your stellar year is finally coming to a close with "Like Crazy" doing pretty solid business in theaters. What’s this whirlwind of a year been like for you?
It’s been very surreal. Especially making something like “Like Crazy” which was a very small independent film made for very little money. It’s been absolutely incredible this journey that this film that had. It’s obviously very exciting.
How did you first come across the project?
It was sent to me by my agent. I read it in one sitting and absolutely loved it. I couldn’t put it down. There was a lot for me to get my teeth into. I spoke with Drake and he asked me to make a tape.
What did the actual script read like?
It’s an outline. A 50-page outline, but it’s very detailed. So it has points we have to say within the scene to keep the plot moving. But then around that we find dialogue and find a way of expressing those points in as naturalistic a way as possible.
What made you take that leap while reading this outline to see a fully-fledged film at the end of the tunnel?
The tone was very clear from the outline. Many of the tracks that were in the final film were originally in the outline. Drake gave us a CD to listen to when we were driving around LA. I trusted Drake really. I felt that he had a very strong vision. I like the style of his films and the way he works. He makes the performances the focus. To have that opportunity was something I’d been desperate for.
The press has been having a lot of fun with the story of the audition tape you sent in that won you the role. The infamous shower scene...
It makes it sound so saucy which wasn’t intended.
I’m curious, who shot this audition?
It was just me and two friends in my flat in East London.
Were you told to film that scene in particular, or did you instinctually know in order to nab the part you had to pull that scene off?
I felt that that scene was vital for understanding the story and for understanding Anna. These characters, they spend years trying to be together. The tragedy in a way is that once they’re together; they don’t know if it’s what they want. So that felt like the key moment to understanding “Like Crazy.”
It's the last scene in the film. Was it shot last?