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Felicity Jones signs up for Cbeebies Bedtime Stories as she becomes the latest star to nurse children off to sleep… five months after welcoming her first child

Children across Britain will be nursed to sleep by another familiar voice on Friday when Felicity Jones becomes the latest star to feature on Cbeebies Bedtime Stories. 

The actress will provide a bedtime reading of The Spaghetti Hunters by Morag Brood, giving parents the opportunity to take a well earned night off. 

Brood’s picture book, which features a duck and a horse on an irreverent quest for spaghetti,  encourages reading and home-cooking, while teaching children about where food actually comes from.

Coming soon: Children across Britain will be nursed to sleep by another familiar voice on Friday when Felicity Jones becomes the latest star to feature on Cbeebies Bedtime Stories

The appointment comes just five months after Felicity, 37, welcomed her first child with husband Charles Guard. 

She joins an illustrious list of stars to take part in the weekly bedtime read, among them Tom Hardy’s popular reading of Simon Phillip’s You Must Bring A Hat in 2016.

The actor is currently the most featured star on Cbeebies Bedtime, having returned in 2017 for a reading of Helen Stephens’ Fleabag, and again in 2020 with Hug Me by Simona Ciraolo.

Felicity Jones Says She’s Still Eager to Explore the Physicality of Black Cat

Jones also discusses why Augustine Frizzell was the ideal choice to direct ‘Last Letter from Your Love.’

I know we did get to see Felicity Jones in one massive franchise via Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but I’m greedy. I want more and her role as Felicia Hardy, aka Black Cat, could have been a great arc for her to dig into. But we all know what happened after the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. That iteration of the franchise was essentially stopped dead in its tracks, obliterating any chance we had of seeing Jones dig into the role further.

However, considering the path Marvel and Disney are currently pursuing with their third Spider-Man movie with Tom Holland, perhaps that opens the door for someone like Jones to return. Admittedly, the chance of that happening seems slim and it’s probably a smarter move for the invitation to return to be limited to actors with more substantial roles like Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and Kirsten Dunst, just to name a few, but it still felt worthwhile to ask Jones if the interest in playing Black Cat is still there.

During a spoiler-heavy phone interview for her recent Netflix release, The Midnight Sky, we asked Jones if there’s any element of that character she’d like to explore most. Here’s what she told us:

“[What] I always liked about that character was the physicality. I thought it would be amazing to explore that side of the character. Black Cat has that incredible way of moving and that’s what made me really excited about it. I mean, I think it’s a fab role and, yeah, it would be amazing to do.”

Again, I wouldn’t bet on Jones returning to the role, but I am rooting for other major franchises to add her to the roster, maybe even for a role that finally does give her the opportunity to play with a character’s physicality in a similar sense.

While we might have to wait a bit to see anything like that happen, Jones does have a new movie coming up that’s well worth keeping an eye on, the adaptation of Last Letter from Your Love from director Augustine Frizzell. The movie rocks a stellar ensemble including Jones, Shailene Woodley, Callum Turner and Joe Alwyn, but it’s Frizzell’s involvement that has me most intrigued. The sense of style she brought to a film like Never Goin’ Back doesn’t necessarily suggest a romantic drama should be next. However, Jones insists that’s what makes Frizzell an ideal choice to direct the film:

“I think that’s what was so exciting about Augustine directing that book was that, as you say, she brings an anarchy and she brings a very modern touch. There’s a sort of dangerous quality to her direction, which is really important. And with this story, it was important that it had someone who was going to bring an edge to it ultimately, which she has absolutely done and made a beautiful film. And it’s a film that is about love. It’s two storylines. It’s Shailene Woodley who plays a women in the sixties and I play a contemporary character, and it’s their stories intertwined in their search for hope, for love and finding who they are and what is important to them.”

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First-look images from set of ‘The Last Letter from your Lover’

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THE MIDNIGHT SKY First Look: George Clooney & Felicity Jones Star In Netflix’s Apocalyptic Drama

Some official stills for Netflix’s The Midnight Sky have been released (via Vanity Fair), giving us s first look at the upcoming apocalyptic sci-fi drama from director George Clooney.

Based on the novel Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton, Clooney also stars as scientist Augustine Lofthouse, who is stationed at a remote arctic research station. Lofthouse is dying of cancer, and may well be the last man on Earth.

A mysterious event has had a catastrophic effect on the planet, and the crew of the NASA starship Aether (Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Tiffany Boone, Kyle Chandler and Demián Bichir) is returning home after exploring a newly discovered moon of Jupiter, completely unaware of what’s happened. Lofthouse must figure out how to warn the astronauts while also caring for a child named Iris (Caoilinn Springall) who hid herself away during the outpost’s evacuation.

The premise is a depressingly timely one, though as Clooney notes, the world wasn’t in quite the state it is now when production wrapped back in February.

“There wasn’t the pandemic, and we hadn’t set the whole West Coast on fire. I mean, the picture we show of Earth [in the movie] doesn’t look that much different than the satellite pictures of the West Coast right now.”

The Midnight Sky is set to premiere on Netflix this December.

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Felicity Jones Isn’t Afraid to Unplug and Make Time for Self-Care

With her latest film, The Aeronauts, Felicity Jones is back in action-heroine mode. To stay so calm and cool amid the chaos, she gives herself a face massage and hits the yoga mat.

It’s not yet 7 p.m. in London, and the sky outside is dark. “Pitch black, really.” This won’t stop Felicity Jones from getting her run in. “I have my running trainers on already,” she says while driving home from the set of a romantic drama she’s filming. “I have a route that’s quite well lit.” She’ll wash off the movie makeup and hit the pavement.

The truth is, Felicity’s life is nonstop right now.

When filming wraps on the love story project, she’ll go straight into production on a post-apocalyptic flick with George Clooney while her current big-screen release, The Aeronauts, shows in theaters. This adventure story is set in 1862 Victorian England, when the daredevils were the boundary breakers taking flight in hot-air balloons—and it’s a nail-biter. (No spoilers, but you might not want to settle in with your popcorn until after that storm cloud passes in the opening scenes.) In the film, based loosely on the history-making ascent of early meteorologist James Glaisher (played by Eddie Redmayne), Felicity, 36, transforms herself into fearless pilot Amelia Wren.

To give you a sense, picture Felicity perched midair at 3,000 feet—more than twice the height of the Empire State Building in New York—on the floating hoop between basket and balloon. “I like doing as many stunts as possible myself,” she says. “I even have to be held back a little.”

Perhaps it’s not what you would expect from an Oscar-nominated British actor with an Oxford education, but Felicity is all in when it comes to action roles. For her 2016 part as Jyn Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, she ran in combat boots on the treadmill to prep for running on the boiling sand of the Maldives. For Aeronauts, she learned trapeze and how to climb silks Cirque du Soleil style, and she nearly missed garroting herself doing wirework for one climactic sequence.

Not that you would have seen or heard any of this on her Instagram account. Felicity doesn’t have one. “I think if it’s the right time and it feels right, then I’ll go for it,” she says with a shrug. “I just haven’t yet.” (Related: What It’s Like to Have Social Anxiety As an Instagram Influencer)

Unplugging is, in fact, Felicity’s idea of a luxury in the perpetual motion of modern stardom. “It’s such a gypsy job,” she says. “Not having to leave the house is a real treat.” This includes staying in and making dinner with her husband of just over a year, movie director Charles Guard. “We’re both real foodies, so we get enormous pleasure from cooking together.” (These cooking celebs will inspire you to skip take-out and make your own dinner tonight.)

Here, Felicity shares her go-to soup recipe and the everyday moves that help her stay grounded even at 3,000 feet.

I Light a Candle Every Morning

“Sometimes I feel like a headless chicken when I’m running from one thing to another. I’m probably not breathing properly. I have a little space where I put down a yoga mat and I light the candle—Diptyque in scent No.34 (Buy It, $80, nordstrom.com), which is almost unisex, with a spiciness to it. Even if it’s just for 10 minutes, I have a stretch. Then I feel a little more centered and ready for the day.” (Related: 10 Morning Yoga Poses to Start Your Day)

I Don’t Have Any Eating Rules

“I think my rule would be balance if I was going to have a rule. It’s so connected to fitness: The more fitness you do, the more you have a better, healthier diet. I make a pretty mean tomato-vegetable soup, which is fresh tomatoes and every vegetable you can think of: courgettes—you call them zucchini—capers, carrots, onions. I’ll put in as many vegetables as possible to get a massive vitamin hit. When I’m shooting and the days are long, I try to have dried fruit and snacks like that to keep my energy up. And I think you have to treat yourself sometimes; otherwise you’ll go crazy.”

I Love the Ritual of Skin Care

“I’m using a face roller daily. Clé de Peau Beauté has a fantastic serum (Buy It, Clé de Peau Beauté Concentrated Brightening Serum, $205, nordstrom.com), and I put that on and give my face a wake-up massage in the morning and get everything going. I’ll often exfoliate twice a week and do a facial mask—as well as a hair mask—once a week. And it’s really important to take your makeup off properly before going to bed. That’s what my mom taught me, and it has stayed with me. I like locking myself in the bathroom and doing a proper pampering session when I have time.”

I Crave the Outdoors

“I’m not terribly good at being stuck in a gym. I prefer long walks and being outside and going for runs. I grew up very tomboyish, playing sports with my older brother. I loved hockey, field hockey, netball [similar to basketball], and tennis. So I think it’s become an extension of having that experience of being in nature and not feeling daunted by a challenge. For instance, learning to climb silks for this role seemed terribly complicated: I wrapped my foot in all sorts of strange ways to lead myself up the silks 20 to 30 feet. But I got an enormous satisfaction when I realized I could do it. I couldn’t think about anything else because I was just thinking about survival, which is weirdly quite relaxing.” (Other stars get their sweat on at these must-try fitness classes.)

I Get Confidence from Having Time and Balance

“I like to know what I’m doing and have everything in its right place. When I feel organized and I feel prepared and on top of things, then I’m most calm and most happy. But confidence grows as you get older. You’re not quite as hard on yourself, and you don’t need to have all the answers all the time. That’s something I’ve learned: It’s OK to ask questions.”