Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones at the Film Society. Photo by Julie Cunnah
On the heels of Eddie Redmayne's Golden Globes win last Sunday, the Film Society's weekly podcast, The Close-Up, features The Theory of Everything lead and co-star Felicity Jones.
In the acclaimed feature by James Marsh (director of the Oscar-winning documentary Man on Wire) Redmayne and Jones portray Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde. The story recalls her relationship with her former husband, theoretical physicist Hawking from his diagnosis of motor neuron disease to his success in physics.
A student of astrophysics at Cambridge University, Stephen met Jane while attending a party in college in 1963 when both were working on their PhDs. Jones received a Golden Globe nomination for her role in the film, while Redmayne, who dramatically transforms himself for this performance of a mostly wheelchair-bound Hawking, won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama this past Sunday. Redmayne and Jones are also both nominated for upcoming Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA Awards.
Redmayne and Jones joined in on a conversation at the Film Society of Lincoln Center following a screening of their film, moderated by The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney (the Hollywood trade also co-presented the event).
The two actors were friends before working together on The Theory of Everything and they used that dynamic in developing their on-screen chemistry. As Eddie Redmayne told Rooney during the discussion: “I wanted to make sure it was a film about love…”