Netflix stars answer Queue’s questions about creativity and craft.
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The actor who plays Sully in George Clooney’s The Midnight Sky takes her turn answering Queue’s Q’s.
Queue: At the beginning of your career, what film or actor made you fall in love with acting?
Felicity Jones: Helena Bonham Carter. I was a huge fan of all of Merchant Ivory’s films: Howards End, A Room with a View. And I always loved her big hair. She was one of the people that I loved watching and wanted to be like. I also loved Samantha Morton, particularly in a film called Morvern Callar. She was sensational, and her subtlety and the naturalism that she has — she is someone that to this day I love watching.
Who is your dream character to play?
FJ: It’s interesting, that question. There’s not someone where you go, Oh, that’s absolutely the person that I want to play. I think I’m always on the lookout for a character that’s different from something that I’ve done before. I’d quite like to play someone who is a little bit of an oddball. You often see men playing those kinds of roles, but you don’t see women playing someone who’s a little off-kilter, like a Joaquin Phoenix-type role. I think that’d be quite interesting, to play someone really operating outside of societal expectations.
What was your favorite part about working with George Clooney as an actor and a director?
FJ: My favorite part was the way he makes you feel very, very comfortable, but at the same time, there is enough focus to really perform when you need to perform. I love the way he runs his sets. I love the clarity that he has. I love that he gives you a lot of freedom. He completely trusts you every time you say, “Do you mind, could I try this?” He’s completely open to that.
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