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Eddie Redmayne prefers London for less public intrusion than LA

Eddie Redmayne may be a Hollywood A-Lister but he still prefers his home city of London compared to the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles.

The actor - who is the talk of Tinsel Town for his astonishing performance as  a man undergoing a sex change  in The Danish Girl - prefers the lower key privacy intrusion that he experiences in his home city that the more aggressive  in LA.

Eddie Redmayne also didn't understand a word of Variety magazine when he first moved to the LA "bubble".

The British actor has had his biggest year to date in 2015, taking the award ceremonies by storm thanks to his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

After bagging an Oscar among other accolades., he’s now a Hollywood A-lister. 

But 10 years ago he remembers feeling out of his comfort zone while staying at his agent’s house in the City of Angels.

"I would come down for breakfast and Variety was on the table," he recalled to GQ UK. "I was like, 'What is this?' And he was like, 'It's a trade, kind of the FT (Financial Times) for the movie industry.' I would look at it and genuinely not understand a single word. After about three weeks, I would find it riveting, and then I realised I hadn't read an actual newspaper for three weeks. I enjoy the bubble of Los Angeles so much, but you realise you have to step out of it."

Eddie, 33, was born and raised in London, where he feels the attention surrounding him isn’t as “extreme”. It’s more people taking photos while on the underground as they pretend to text, but he has been witness to some more drastic invasions of privacy.

“I did a film called The Yellow Handkerchief with Kristen Stewart,” he explained. “It came out a year after the first Twilight and we were doing our press at the Four Seasons. It was this tiny little film. We were on the balcony when she suddenly realised that literally a hundred feet below was a gigantic lens. That was interesting. It was just a moment that was really two people who hadn't seen each other in a while having a proper catch-up and then realising that was being scrutinised."

If looks like Eddie’s success is set to get even bigger in 2016, as he’s already received more best actor nominations for his role as Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl.

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