Fresh off her star-making turn in Apple TV+’s CODA, 19-year-old Emilia Jones is ready to take on her next big challenge: Fame.
REFINERY29 – On her first day shooting CODA, Emilia Jones jumped off a 40-foot cliff, landing in the freezing water of a Massachusetts quarry.
“Straight into the deep end, quite literally,” Jones laughs as she describes the experience in our Zoom interview ahead of the August 13 release of Siân Heder’s tender and funny coming-of-age film.
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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – If it’s for a part, Emilia Jones is prepared to get her hands dirty — even if that means getting covered in fish guts. For CODA, the 19-year-old English actress plays the daughter of a deaf fisherman. And so it was with great enthusiasm that she stepped onto a Massachusetts dock at 4 a.m. to learn the ins and outs of the trawling trade. Jones spent 12 hours on a boat, pulling in nets and wading through stinky innards with co-stars Troy Kotsur (who plays her father) and Daniel Durant (who portrays her brother). And she enjoyed it — for the most part. “Any time one of the really tough fishermen would turn around, I’d put a fish back in the sea,” she confides with a laugh.
In CODA — which draws its title from an acronym that stands for Children of Deaf Adults — Jones is the sole hearing member of the Rossis, a blue-collar family from Gloucester, Massachusetts. Her character acts as the family interpreter but is considering a move to college. And so fishing wasn’t the only new skill she took on for the shoot. Jones also studied American Sign Language, working with a tutor while filming episodes of Netflix’s Locke & Key in Toronto, feverishly practicing her finger-spelling between takes. “She’s probably the most well-trained actor that I’ve worked with when it came to [sign language],” says co-star Marlee Matlin.
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FLAUNT – Emilia Jones sits on a speed boat on the steel blue waters of Gloucester, Massachusetts. The marine smells and the distinctive sounds immerse Jones in the world of young Ruby Rossi for new film, CODA—an acronym for Child of Deaf Adults. In entering the complicated premise of a child born to deaf parents, and learning ASL for the first time, Jones became two people—herself and Ruby. This process is not unfamiliar. At only 19, Jones has splintered into numerous personalities—completely engulfed in lives far different from her own, each with an unmistakable flare. Her expansive television credits extend to Utopia, Doctor Who, House of Anubis, Residue, and Wolf Hall.
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Gifted with a voice that her parents can’t hear, seventeen-year-old Ruby (Emilia Jones), is the sole hearing member of a deaf family—a CODA, Child of Deaf Adults. Her life revolves around acting as interpreter for her parents (Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur) and working on the family’s struggling fishing boat every day before school with her father and older brother (Daniel Durant). But when Ruby joins her high school’s choir club, she discovers a gift for singing and finds herself drawn to her duet partner Miles (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo). Encouraged by her enthusiastic, tough-love choirmaster (Eugenio Derbez) to apply to a prestigious music school, Ruby finds herself torn between the obligations she feels to her family and the pursuit of her own dreams.
‘Cat Person’: Emilia Jones & Nicholas Braun To Star In Short Story Adaptation For Studiocanal & Imperative — Cannes Market
DEADLINE – Studiocanal and Imperative Entertainment are teaming up on psychological thriller Cat Person, based on Kristen Roupenian’s well-received short story published in The New Yorker in 2017.
Directed by Susanna Fogel (The Flight Attendant) and written by Michelle Ashford (Masters of Sex), the package will star Nicholas Braun (Succession) and Emilia Jones (Locke & Key).
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Apple Lands ‘CODA’ For $25M Record Setting WW Deal; First Major Virtual 2021 Sundance Film Festival Sale
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: In the first big deal of the 2021 virtual Sundance Film Festival, Apple has landed worldwide rights to CODA, for a number just north of $25 million. That sets a new a Sundance acquisitions record — above the $22.5 million that Palm Springs received last year from Hulu/Neon. But this time, all the premiere watching and all night auctioning was done far from the slopes of Park City. It came down to a pitched battle between Apple and Amazon.
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