Felicity Jones and husband-director Charles Guard have a lot to celebrate this holiday season. They’re expecting their first child next year.
The news was confirmed by Jones’ representative Lindsay Galin. The star of the new film “The Aeronauts,” which came out today in limited release in theaters and will start streaming on Amazon Prime on December 20, got hitched to Guard (the director of Judge Dredd and The Uninvited) in 2018.
No word yet if the couple are having a boy or girl. It will be their first child. So far, they haven’t made a public comment about the pregnancy. But Hello Magazine reports Jones, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in “The Theory of Everything” revealed her budding bump at the premier of the “Aeronauts” this week.
“The Aeronauts” has her working again with “Theory of Everything” co-star Eddie Redmayne. This time, Jones plays an obsessive air balloon pilot. The physical demands of the film, in which she plays a daredevil pilot, almost broke her – literally. She says she hurt her back doing a stunt that went terribly wrong.
“I was wearing a corset as well, to add insult to injury,” she said.
“At that moment I thought I might actually have broken my back, as I couldn’t move.”
She didn’t break her back like she feared. She says filming the “Aeronauts” was challenging but thrilling at the same time because she had to go to new heights for the role.
“You can stay up there for about a couple of hours and then they like to come down, but it was about trying to get this helicopter shot circling us as we went up,” Jones told the New York Daily News.
“It’s an extraordinary experience. It’s more the landings that are a little bit hairy, and they can be a little intimidating because you never know where you’re going to land … It’s when you hit the ground at some velocity that you realize the risk-taking that is involved in ballooning.”
Jones gave a nod to Redmayne for helping her during the filming. She said the fact that they had worked together in the past set her at ease. They completely trust each other, she said.
“We both read the script and really responded to it and spoke on the phone to each other, and by coming back together, it felt even more enticing to do the project,” she said.
“We wanted to build on what we’d done in ‘Theory of Everything,’ and they were both such strong, fascinating characters. It just made total sense to reunite.”
Jones is used to playing strong women. But her role as Ruther Bader Ginsburg in “On the Basis of Sex” wasn’t as physically strenuous.
“It was the combination of (“The Aeronauts”) being a period film, so being in a corset and doing action is definitely one of the most taxing experiences that I’ve had,” Jones said.
“But I love doing action and I’ve always grown up loving sports and running around and throwing myself into things, so I do absolutely adore doing it.”
Her next role as a mother will no doubt be even more challenging.