"I am playing a Disney princess," she told Glamour for its December issue. "A very contemporary, kicka-- Disney princess."
"The opportunity to play someone determined, who’s trying to find her skills as a leader, to be in a fantasy movie, to be able to do a leading female role in a film of that scale -- that’s very, very rare," she said of her character, Jyn Erso.
Jones also touched on how she wanted to avoid sexualizing Jyn and to stay true to what "Star Wars" represents.
"Everyone wanted to create a character that was not in any way objectified. We didn’t want to sexualize Jyn," she said. "We don’t even see Jyn’s arms! That’s not her priority. She’s a survivor and she has a mission to complete."
In fact, Jones said director Gareth Edwards told her and the cast that Jyn would be someone whom everyone, boys and girls, would want to emulate.
"A female friend of mine said, 'I love that Jyn looks how we look, with trousers and a long-sleeved top,'" Jones said.
"We aren’t in hot pants. When do women walk around wearing hot pants?" she continued. "I’ve always been a feminist, and what I love in my work is being able to explore a full-sided woman and not patronize her. Particularly with Jyn, it’s such a rare opportunity to be able to play a female who’s not just thinking about [romantic] relationships."
"It felt really momentous of how far we’ve come from when I was growing up playing with Barbies," she said.