WOMEN VS WOMEN

Aquarius - - WOMEN WE SALUTE -

Equal pay isn’t the only is­sue Felic­ity is cru­sad­ing for: her com­ments of­ten spark im­por­tant fem­i­nist con­ver­sa­tions. She has pre­vi­ously spo­ken out about the me­dia’s ten­dency to pit fe­male ac­tresses against each other. “The ac­tresses I’ve known sup­port each other very much… It can be frus­trat­ing when you’re put in a cat­e­gory with oth­ers. Women do get lumped to­gether in this re­duc­tive group­ing, and you think, ‘Gosh, that rarely hap­pens with the boys.’ I’m sure peo­ple don’t say to Ed­die Red­mayne, ‘How do you feel about Andrew Garfield?’”

Her fighter instinct has even earned her the nick­name, ‘Tiny War­rior’ (she’s 160cm). “I’m small. I’m pe­tite. But I’m a bit of a fighter in­side,” she says. “In my work I fight for, I hope, show­ing women in a true way. They’ve got brains.”

Aside from play­ing rebel fighter Jyn, Felic­ity has a his­tory of em­body­ing gutsy women on screen: as Dr Si­enna Brooks, she was more than a match for Tom Hanks’ Har­vard pro­fes­sor Robert Lang­don in last year’s

(the lat­est cin­e­matic of­fer­ing in Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code se­ries), and she re­cently de­liv­ered an emo­tional gut­punch as a mother bat­tling can­cer in Then there is her 2015 Os­car-nom­i­nated role as Jane Hawk­ing in

“What I love in my work is show­ing a full-sided woman, women who are strong but flawed.”

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Her Hol­ly­wood suc­cess seems a far cry from the choco­late­box English vil­lage of Bourneville where Felic­ity grew up, but is per­haps not un­ex­pected, given her early am­bi­tion. “The first film I ever saw at the cinema was

so I wanted to be Ariel. Now I am play­ing a Dis­ney princess [in Dis­ney-owned Star Wars]. A very con­tem­po­rary, kick-ass Dis­ney princess!”

Her first taste of in­de­pen­dence came with her first proper cheque when she started act­ing ‘as a hobby’ at age 12 – first in a Bri­tish fam­ily film then in kids’ TV drama “I al­ways had a very strong sense of in­de­pen­dence. I really liked be­ing able to buy my Ala­nis Moris­sette al­bum. I wore

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