The moment that Felicity Jones watched the livestream of Pierpaolo Piccioli’s autumn/winter 2021 collection for Valentino, she decided to wear one of his creation’s for her first post-lockdown event. Presented in Milan’s echoing Piccolo Teatro – which has been firmly closed since the beginning of the pandemic – Piccioli expressly designed clothes that would feel radical, bold and sensual.
For Jones, that new dawn has personal resonance, with her long-delayed film The Last Letter From Your Lover finally due to premiere this summer. “I actually shot that in the last few months before the pandemic hit, so it’s quite nostalgic for me reflecting on it,” the 37-year-old, who also served as an executive producer for the movie, notes. “I play a journalist in London, who’s reached a point in her life when she’s feeling quite disillusioned. I actually played her as if she constantly had a hangover. Clearly, she’s lost her direction a bit, but then she finds these old letters between Shailene Woodley and Callum Turner’s characters, who had this illicit romance in the ’60s. For me, it’s a hopeful film, and one that will give people a much-needed laugh, I think.”
And while Jones is “really, really excited to go to the shops” when various lockdown restrictions end in London tomorrow, she’s most thrilled about the prospect of heading to her local cinema in a few months time. “We’re never going to take that for granted again, watching a film with a box of popcorn and a glass of wine, that joyful communal experience – my God, I’ve missed it.”