Felicity Jones's Secret to Staying in Shape Is Impersonating Someone Else

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Felicity Jones is a bit of an expert on the art of transformation. That much is clear when watching the actress ably leap from role to distinct role, as enrapturing and profoundly believable as Jane Wilde Hawking in The Theory of Everything as she is in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as the unapologetically rebellious Jyn Erso. (Next up: Jones will play revered associate Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in On the Basis of Sex, out later this year.)

But Jones doesn’t just own this versatility on set—she welcomes it in her daily life. Earlier this year, Jones also assumed the title of Clé de Peau’s latest brand ambassador, a move that underlines her longstanding love for makeup as a means for metamorphosis.

“Makeup is something I’ve been fascinated with since I was a teenager—particularly with work and [knowing] how much makeup can change the character,” she says when we chat at a brand event at The Beverly Hills Hotel earlier this month. “There might be very small changes when you work really closely with a makeup artist that can have massive ramifications for the character. It's something that I’ve been naturally interested in in terms of my work—and then in my own life, I just love the process of makeup and application. There’s something really meditative and artistic about it.”

The topic of transformation continues to dominate our conversation, as Jones reflects on how her attitude has changed since entering her 30s and notes that her job has been the best thing that's ever happened to her fitness routine. From her go-to at-home workout to her preferred method for chasing away stress, find the best tidbits below.