Watching Barney &Friends; as a kid, Jones knew he wanted to be on the show, even if just in thebackground hanging out.
The Garland, Texas, native began his career sort of along those lines by working as an extra — albeit in 2007’s “No Country for Old Men,” which may have carried a little more prestige than “Barney & Friends.” Working with the Coen brothers and opposite Javier Bardem, who won a supporting Oscar for the film, gave Jones early insight into what acting takes, both physically and emotionally.
Javier Bardem, the Coens, the people that were working on the crew, I hadn’t seen people as focused as that before,” Jones says. “I didn’t know that people had that feeling that what they were doing was as important to them as life itself sometimes. To me, that meant everything.
Jones followed the role with a string of small parts in highly acclaimed productions, including “Breaking Bad” and “Friday NightLights.” His big-budget breakthrough came in 2011, when he (along with fellow Actor to Watch Zoe Kravitz) played one of the young recruits in “X-Men: First Class
<p>Jones has a busy schedule ahead of him, including John Boorman’s “Queen and Country” and Roland Emmerich’s upcoming historical film “Stonewall” about the 1969 riots in New York’s Greenwich Village. His focus in acting is on the passion and commitment required to bring a character to life.“If you’re not willing to go there, if you’re not willing to give your whole body and your whole mind, then fuck off. I’m willing to possibly lose everything I have. And they might call it suicide, and I call it the same thing, but if that means getting the animal across to the public, then it’s worthwhile.”<br />— Kevin Noonan