Jones at the screening of You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Jennifer Gemma Jones
4 December 1942
Marylebone, London, England, UK
I don't colour my hair, and I look like the back end of a bus, so I get asked to play old people.
My mother had Alzheimer's, and it's a desperately, desperately cruel thing to witness.
Walking is my hobby, and I'm lucky that I live right on the edge of Hampstead Heath.
As you get older, your idiosyncrasies become sort of exaggerated. So you are who you have always been, only more so.
Rather nostalgically, I sometimes think I could still play Juliet. Inside, I'm still an incorrigible romantic.
I think it is very natural to want to be partnered, but you never know. you read about mature love affairs in the press, and it gives you hope. You think: 'Well, it's not impossible.'
Even if your parents don't have Alzheimer's or aren't in a wheelchair, your parents get old – if you're lucky to have parents who live for a long time. It's a challenge, and it's difficult and lovely and touching and awful and ghastly and real.
I do enjoy filming, but I do consider myself still to be a bit of a novice, and I learn a bit every time I do a film job, and I am very admiring of film actors.
I'm lucky because I have never been pigeonholed and the roles have kept on coming.
Young women are still looking for a prince on a white charger to come over the hill or for Mr. Rochester to appear. We all pretend we're right-on feminists, but underneath that, there's still the bedrock of romance.