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Felicity Jones: Hollywood has strong women

Felicity Jones feels lucky when it comes to the roles she has played.

The British actress is currently starring in The Theory of Everything, a biopic of physicist Stephen Hawking's private life, as he and his family deal with his motor neuron disease diagnosis.

The 31-year-old plays Stephen's wife Jane, a strong character who keeps the family going.

“I feel like I personally have been lucky,” Felicity told the British edition of Esquire magazine when asked if there were enough complex roles for women out there. “If the part isn’t always there on the page, I’ve had good relationships with writers where there’s an openness to bring more to the role.

“But you know, Reese Witherspoon is producing Wild, Angelina Jolie is now directing. That’s really important, to have women in those roles. There will be more great female parts, the more that happens.”

The Theory of Everything doesn't shy away from showing the realities of coping with such a dilapidating illness.

Eddie Redmayne takes on the role of Stephen, and the film is hotly tipped for Oscar success.

"Some days were hard," she admitted. "But Eddie and I had got to the point where we were reading each other very well, so it made doing those scenes a lot easier.

"It’s lovely to have made something people have a visceral response to. It’s just very exciting. You don’t get to make films that are purely character-driven, it’s very rare, and so I am revelling in it, actually.”

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