Felicity Jones has revealed she was originally “very worried” that her pregnancy would get her fired from George Clooney’s Netflix movie The Midnight Sky.

The upcoming sci-fi movie sees Jones play one of the astronauts on board a spacecraft that’s headed back to Earth from a research mission, unaware that a mysterious global catastrophe has ended life on Earth as we know it.

Before she started filming on the movie, Jones discovered she was expecting, and talking to Digital Spy and other press, she was concerned it might mean she’d not be able to do the movie.

“Initially I was very worried that I would get fired, so it was a great relief when George just made it the most encouraging [news] and made me feel completely comfortable all the way through,” Jones recalled.

felicity jones in the midnight sky

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“I have to thank him that initially when I was trying not to look pregnant, I was denying myself a lot of chocolate cake, so when he said you can actually be pregnant in the film, I was relieved. It was a really, really instinctive and special process.

“It was testament to him to embrace what was happening and to embrace the truth of what was happening, rather than trying to run away from something. We have seen pregnant characters in films, but it’s still pretty revolutionary and particularly a pregnant woman in space, it’s quite extraordinary.”

Jones’s pregnancy – she welcomed her first child with her husband Charles Guard in September – was actually written into the story of The Midnight Sky, with her character Sully becoming pregnant during their lengthy mission.

According to Clooney, that ended up giving the sci-fi an extra emotional edge and meant it could feel hopeful, despite the fact it was taking place in a post-apocalyptic world.

felicity jones and david oyelowo in the midnight sky

Felicity Jones and David Oyelowo in The Midnight Sky

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“The crew of the ship, all of these five wonderful actors, joined together in protecting her, it became a family. So we could write scenes about naming the kid or doing the ultrasound which I think is such a stunning scene,” he enthused.

“They’re waiting for any sign of life and the only sign of life they’re getting is from inside [Felicity’s character]. To me, it became infinitely more hopeful and there was a real fight for the idea of whether or not this whole thing of mankind is worth the struggle.”

The Midnight Sky is in select cinemas now and released on Netflix on December 23.

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