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Redmayne: Fame’s nothing extreme

Eddie Redmayne claims he won’t take on a movie role unless the character he’s playing is “extraordinary”.

The 33-year-old British actor is now world famous after snatching up an Academy Award last month for his role as physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

But Eddie doesn’t think day-to-day existence in his hometown has changed much.

"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,” he reveals in the UK’s forthcoming GQ Style Spring/Summer 2015 issue, which is due to reach newsstands on March 19.

Eddie is currently filming The Danish Girl, a film adaptation of author David Ebershoff’s novel about Lili Elbe, one of the first people to ever receive gender reassignment surgery.

And Eddie is elated to be playing a transgendered woman onscreen, as he is deeply moved by the humanity of his persona.

"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,” he noted.

"If your dream is to tell stories, interesting stories, play interesting people. That's the bottom line. The people that I play have to be extraordinary."

Eddie took this year’s Awards Season by storm, winning an Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and a SAG Award for his work in The Theory of Everything.

Although he’s a huge success in Hollywood, he and his new wife Hannah Bagshawe aren’t keen on uprooting their lives in the UK in favour of a more glamorous Los Angeles lifestyle.

"Eddie says that he will not be going to Hollywood. He and Hannah are completely content with staying in England because they are both very close to their family, and her work is there," a source told Radar Online previously.

"They are such a normal couple and are two of the most down-to-earth people you will ever meet.”

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