Monday, September 12, 2016

Felicity Jones Discusses 'Rogue One', Her Inspirations For Jyn Erso

By: Dominic Jones

Jyn Erso actress, Felicity Jones is going to have a busy few months.  The Rogue One star has three movies coming out over the next four months (A Monster Calls, Inferno, and Rogue One) and that means she'll be pressed for information about Star Wars at every turn.  Jones was promoting her role in A Monster Calls (hitting theaters on December 23rd, also starring Star Wars alum Liam Neeson) in an interview with Yahoo! Movies at the Toronto International Film Festival and she spoke a bit about Rogue One, revealing one of her inspirations for Jyn.

Let’s talk some Star Wars. Are there any past action heroes, male or female, that you based Jyn Erso on or looked to for inspiration?
Well, it’s interesting because I didn’t know [when shooting A Monster Calls] that I would be playing Jyn, who is very much inspired by Sigourney’s character [Ripley] in Aliens. So it’s interesting that we had worked together. But I’ve been so inspired by her work and she was a role model growing up.

So Ripley was part of the basis in the writing of Rogue One?
No, no, just in terms of, obviously, you have different references that you look at. And I love the qualities that she brought to that part. And early on in my research it was one of the films that I watched that informed my process.

Have you talked to Sigourney about it?
I haven’t, actually. Yeah. It’s one of those things where I sort of have a silent respect and I’m quietly a fan of hers.

What other characters in Rogue One do you think fans are going to latch onto?
I think you’ll love all the rebels. Because they’re flawed. They’ve all had histories, they’ve all had their own struggles, and I feel like people are going to really champion them and fall in love with them.

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