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:: #007 - Katie Rowley Jones ::

Katie Rowley Jones

Name: Katie Rowley Jones

Currently Playing: Nessarose

Joined The Cast: July 2006 - Original London Cast Member

Recently Seen In: Beauty And The Beast, The Rocky Horror Show, Whistle Down The Wind


KATIE ROWLEY JONES is a member of the Original London Cast of Wicked. Katie plays Elphaba's wheelchair-bound younger sister Nessarose, who spends her time trying to win the heart of fellow Munchkin, Boq. However, things do not end in the fairy-tale romance that she has planned, and their 'love story' takes a bit of a twist-er! To read Katie's full biography, please click HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: This interview has been carried out specifically for WickedUK.co.uk. Reproduction of this interview, either in its entirety or partially, under any circumstances, is strictly prohibited. You are, however, very welcome to link back to this page.

:: The Interview ::

Had you seen any of the other Wicked productions prior to accepting the role?
No

Have you read Maguire's novel, Wicked - The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West?
No - I will when I've finished

What is your favourite scene?
My scene of course!

What is your favourite song?
The Wizard and I

What is your favourite costume?
There are so many stunning costumes - my favourite of mine is my pink dress

Who is your favourite character?
Elphaba

What, if any, have been your biggest show/prop/costume mishaps?
Touch wood, I've been lucky!

What are your characters top 3 priorities in life?
Boq, Boq and Boq

How did you jump from a Law Graduate to a Musical Theatre performer? It's a rather considerable difference in career!
It was always a huge hobby that ended up taking over

Having recently completed a UK Tour with Disney's Beauty and the Beast, which do you prefer and why? West End or Touring?
West End as I get to hang my clothes up in my wardrobe!

Who is your favourite Disney character?
Belle

What has been your favourite show to work on, to date?
Wicked!

If you could be in any show you wanted, which would it be and who would you play?
The Narrator in Joseph

How do you think being in the opening sequence has helped your on-stage relationship with the other cast members?
We all get to laugh at each other's big hats

You have a lot of off-stage time, what do you do to entertain yourself?
Read, gossip, have dinner...

What is it like having to sit in the wheelchair all night?
I'm totally used to it now - I don't really think about it

How does it feel when the chair suddenly starts moving beneath you and without your control?
Fun!

Elphaba blames herself for Nessa's condition, but does Nessa blame Elphaba for her condition?
She resents her incredibly so althought it's never mentioned I'm sure she does

Why does Nessa not stand up for her sister at the Oz Dust Ballroom, and instead just wheel herself away?
I think because she's sick of being embarressed by her. She loves her and feels protective over her but wants to be accepted and not associated with her

What happens to Nessa once Boq abandons her at the train station, and then Elphaba and Glinda go off to the Emerald City?
Boq calms down and takes her home - he stays faithful to his promise to Glinda!

Elphaba only finds out that her father is dead when she visits Nessa. Had she not done that, do you think Nessa would have made any attempts to get a message to her sister about their father?
No - she hates her and wants nothing to do with her

Is Nessa grateful when Elphaba makes it possible for her, at last, to walk, especially considering it means she actually loses Boq in the process?
It is more about her happiness that for a second she thinks Boq will be hers - that's all she cares about

How does Nessa know that the real reason Elphaba is going back to the Emerald City is for Fiyero and not to free the monkeys?
She knows the engagement party is in the Emerald City and perhaps she's always suspected her feelings for him - she knows her very well

Everyone in the show is wicked at some point or another. Who do you think is the wickedest and why?
Madame Morrible - she is deeply corrupt and drives the weaker and less evil characters - such as the Wizard and Glinda

If you had to be stranded on a desert island with one of the characters from Wicked, who would it be and why?
My mother who I never got to know


EDITOR'S NOTE: Ms Rowley Jones very kindly agreed to answer the above questions for us here at WickedUK.co.uk. We would therefore like to take this opportunity to thank Ms Rowley Jones for her time and effort that made the above interview possible.

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