Felicity Jones looked to an awesome sci-fi women as her inspiration for her performance in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Yahoo! reports. A big role model for her was Sigourney Weaver's character from Aliens. She said Ripley was a huge role model for her growing up.
Jones happened to co-star with Weaver in a movie A Monster Calls, but that was before Jyn Erso. "It's interesting because I didn't know [when shooting A Monster Calls] that I would be playing Jyn, who is very much inspired by Sigourney's character [Ripley] in Aliens. So it's interesting that we had worked together. But I've been so inspired by her work and she was a role model growing up."
Jones went on to explain that she didn't think Jyn was written with Ripley in mind, but she still used Weaver's character as reference. "Obviously, you have different references that you look at. And I love the qualities that she brought to that part. And early on in my research it was one of the films that I watched that informed my process."
When asked if she had talked to Weaver about this, Jones said she hadn't. "It's one of those things where I sort of have a silent respect and I'm quietly a fan of hers." She said she felt that fans would not just love Jyn, but all the rebels in Rogue One "because they're flawed. They've all had histories, they've all had their own struggles, and I feel like people are going to really champion them and fall in love with them."
Ripley's character in Aliens made a huge cultural impact and is often referred to as the badass sci-fi woman, so it's not all that surprising Jones would look up to her. What do you think? Are you looking forward to seeing where Jyn's character goes?