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Felicity Jones reveals acting anxiety

Felicity Jones adores the work of Reese Witherspoon and Julianne Moore.

The British actress has been honing her craft since the late 90s but came to prominence last year when she was cast as Jane in Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything.

Her turn as Stephen's wife was so good it landed her a Golden Globe and SAG award nomination for best actress, with an Oscar nod sure to be in the pipeline.

"There's so much fear going into acting, you have to take that plunge and just hope for the best," Felicity admitted to British newspaper Metro. "You've got to just jump off the cliff into the deep water."

Her award nominations see Felicity pitted against some of the industry's leading actresses, including Jennifer Aniston, Rosamund Pike and Julianne Moore.

While the 31-year-old knows there's stiff competition out there when it comes to female roles, she has nothing but admiration for potential rivals.

"Julianne Moore, Marion Cotillard, Amy Adams, Reese Witherspoon... they continually play interesting, complicated women and they're the performances I love to watch.

"Election [starring Reese] is one of my favourite films, and Boogie Nights [starring Julianne]. I adore the chameleon qualities those actresses have," she smiled.

The Theory of Everything focuses on Stephen's marriage to Jane rather than his scientific successes.

Felicity loves that the tale isn't a straightforward love story.

"What I like about it is that it's unconventional. The couple didn't stay together; they end up finding happiness with other people.

"Well, I had to go to the gym and work out," she also noted. "Eddie Redmayne may look light but he's rather heavy. Jane had to have an emotional strength but also be physically strong, having three children and physically lifting Stephen."

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