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Tell Us In 10: Lucie Jones

Eleni Cashell

By Eleni Cashell First Published 14 August 2019, Last Updated 18 September 2019

In our profile series, Tell Us In 10, we ask cast members and creatives of top London shows to tell us all about themselves in just 10 questions. From how their castmates would describe them and alternative careers, to their Theatreland idols, we want to know it all!

Answering our questions this week is Lucie Jones. She’s playing the lead role of Jenna in Waitress.

Before you delve into her interview, why not check out this delicious performance at this year’s West End LIVE from the cast of Waitress.

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1. My route into theatre was…

I always wanted to work in theatre – I auditioned for many musical theatre courses at the age of 18 but didn’t have any luck. I went to audition for the X Factor the same year and had a chance to perform on the live shows so I took it and ran with it. Meeting my agent shortly after the show finished, we started to work together and I haven’t looked back!

2. My West End idol is…

There are so many people I look up to, I couldn’t choose one. But they include performers (male and female), composers, directors, security/ front of house/ crew…. it takes a village!

3. My colleagues would describe me as…

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I would hope a good leader and committed to the show! But I’m sure a little off the wall and silly.

4. My favourite show present or past (that isn’t one I star in) is…

THIS QUESTION ALWAYS STOPS ME! How to choose? The Cursed Child, Hamilton, City of Angels at The Donmar, Dear Evan Hansen, The Ferryman, The Inheritance… I can’t choose. Don’t make me. I could be here all day. I’m a fan at heart!

5. The career moment I’m most proud of is…

I’ve been incredibly lucky to have a varied and exciting career. I’ll never forget my first bow as Elle Woods at Curve in Leicester. That felt like a big achievement – my first leading lady moment under the watchful eye of Nikolai Foster (hands down the most incredible, patient and giving man I have ever worked with). However, every night in Waitress gives me everything I could have ever dreamed of from being on stage. Telling that story every day is intensely wonderful.

6. The hardest part about my role is…

Lucie Jones in Waitress (Photo: Johan Persson)

It’s emotionally heavy! I sometimes get home feeling like I’ve run a marathon because of the adrenaline rush and how that affects my mind, body and heart. It’s worth every year though. I couldn’t love it more.

7. If I didn’t work in theatre I would be…

A shell of a human. Or a waitress.

8. Something people don’t know about me is…

Lucie Jones and David Hunter at West End LIVE 2019 (Photo: Pamela Raith)

I read a LOT. Probably a book a week. I love to read and find it very relaxing!

9. The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is…

Speak about yourself the way you would your best friends and loved ones. You’ll thank yourself for it!

10. The one thing I wish I could tell my younger self is…

Give yourself time, my love. It’ll happen when it’s meant to. Enjoy every step along the way and GO SEE EVERY DAMN SHOW THERE IS!

You can catch Lucie in Waitress now!

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