WOMEN VS WOMEN
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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