“It’s been a crazy couple of weeks,” Eddie Redmayne said to Indiewire hours before going on to win his first Oscar for Best Actor at the 87th Academy Awards for his performance as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.”
He wasn’t kidding around. When Redmayne stopped by Indiewire’s spot on the red carpet outside the Dolby Theater on Sunday afternoon before the awards ceremony got underway, he revealed that he had just landed in Los Angeles the day before, fresh from the set of his next project, “The Danish Girl,” and that he was set to return to set on Tuesday. The upcoming biopic sees him reunite with his “Les Miserables” director Tom Hooper for an adaptation of the 2001 novel by David Ebershoff. In the film, Redmayne is expected to deliver another transformative performance as 1900s transgender pioneer Einar Wegener, an artist who in the 1920’s became Lili Elbe after receiving one of the first known gender-reassignment surgeries. Alicia Vikander plays his wife, Gerda Waud. The first photo of Redmayne as Elbe recently surfaced online and it’s a stunner (see above).
Standing next to Indiewire on the red carpet, the actor told Baz Bamigboye of The Daily Mail that he’s working with movement director Alexandra Reynolds for the performance — the same person who helped him prepare to play Stephen Hawking. He cited the role as “the most sensitive” one he’s played so far in his career.
“I haven’t worked since ‘Theory,’ so it feels good to be getting back to do thing that you do rather than just promote a film,” Redmayne said to Indiewire on the carpet.
Asked how he’s coped with campaigning on behalf of “Theory” while prepping for the demands of “The Danish Girl,” Redmayne exclaimed, “Adrenaline!”