Redmayne: I get why people see a femininity in me
Eddie Redmayne felt like he was being given an extraordinary experience getting to play a transgender activist.
The Oscar winning actors’ looks have helped him achieve a successful acting career as well as seen him model for major designer bands including Burberry. In his latest role in The Danish Girl, his features have helped him transform into a transgender activist. While many actors would question their suitability for such a role, the 33-year-old can understand why he was chosen.
“I suppose it depends what you think of as masculine and feminine,” he told OUT Magazine. “I was musical, and I was into theatre and arts, but I was also into sports, so I had quite a broad spectrum. I can also totally see that other people see a femininity in me.”
Eddie plays Lili Elbe, one of the first identified transgender women to have received a sex reassignment surgery in 1930. The Les Miserables star understood the enormity of the role and spent plenty time doing his research within the transgender community.
“People were so kind and generous with their experience, but also so open. Virtually all of the trans men and women I met would say ‘Ask me anything.’ They know that need for cisgender people to be educated,” he smiled.
Eddie won the Best Actor Academy Award earlier this year for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. The British star is thankful to have been given another thought provoking role and hopes audiences respond to Lili’s story when the movie hits theatres.
“I felt like, I’m being given this extraordinary experience of being able to play this women, but with that comes this responsibility of not only educating myself but hopefully using that to educate [an audience],” he said. “Gosh, it’s delicate. And complicated.”
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