Eddie Redmayne covers the new issue of British GQ Style. This is his first big media appearance since winning the Best Actor Oscar in February. Although… I’m not quite sure if this shoot and interview was conducted post-Oscar. In any case, it’s nice to see him. Eddie’s been pretty quiet since winning the Oscar, which I also enjoy. He’s not in our faces, he just flew back to England quickly and went back to work. He’s currently filming The Danish Girl, which already sounds like yet another potential awards-contender. Eddie is playing Einar Wegener, the artist who became one of the first people in the world to undergo sex assignment surgery. Einar became Lili Elbe. The producers already released a photo of Eddie as Lili (I’m including the pic at the end of the post) and she looks SO much like Jessica Chastain. Here are some highlights from GQ UK:
On noticing a shift in his fame: “In London, the shift was just going on the underground and people pretending to be texting but then taking photos. But it’s never been extreme.”
Telling Lili Elbe’s story: “I was actually offered The Danish Girl before Hawking. People go, ‘Oh, are you doing this transformative thing?’ It’s not a concerted choice. I think it will be a unique experience. If your dream is to tell stories, interesting stories, play interesting people. That’s the bottom line. I have been incredibly lucky to portray Stephen Hawking and Lili. They are both extraordinary people and as an actor it doesn’t get better than that.”
On discussing the role with trans director Lana Wachowski: “There is so much I need to investigate… It’s a very famous story within the trans community. I spoke to Lana early on when I was thinking about doing it.”
Doesn’t it sound like this could be an awards contender? And it sounds like they’re going to be telling the story seriously, not in a half-assed, drag-comedy way. This is a prestige film already – in addition to newly minted Oscar winner Eddie, the film is being directed by Tom Hooper, who won an Oscar for The King’s Speech. You know who else is in it? Ben Whishaw!!!! He’s my baby, I love him. Alicia Vikander plays Wegener’s wife. And Amber Heard is in it too. Hm.
Photos courtesy of GQ UK.