Once again, Eddie took time out of his busy promotional schedule to have a conversation with fans this past Tuesday and talk about the his newest project ‘Early Man’ which is out in cinemas this Friday, February 16th 2018.
The fan interview – which has become sort of a tradition; is the time when, amidst all the promo, the questions every Eddie Redmayne fan wants to ask get answered. Indeed, Eddie talked at length about his excitement for his next cinematic venture with Felicity Jones (The Aeronauts) and gave us behind-the-scenes insights about ‘Early Man’ as well as his career choices. Of course, yours truly could not miss the chance to ask him about the #TimesUp movement. It is an overall wonderful read, so please don’t miss it. You can find it below!
Thanks to everyone that took part in this interview: Allison, Marci and most importantly, Charlotte (and Maria) for organizing and transcribing this interview. Here’s Charlotte’s original post on BespokeRedmayne. And a big thank you to Eddie too, of course!
Ali: Since you have stepped into a new role in your personal life as a father these last two years, how has this influenced you as a performer? Does it change your decisions in choosing new roles, such as Early Man, or the way you approach the role itself?
Eddie: Hey guys! First, thanks for jumping on the phone. What a great question. I’ve been asked actually that sort of thing — whether the choice to do Early Man or Beasts or the chance to do more family-centric films stems from Iris arriving. To be absolutely honest, it was not that. It was purely because J.K. Rowling is one of the great storytellers, and Nick Park — certainly in the U.K. — is such an institution. He is one of the great storytellers. And so it would be madness to say no. You don’t know whether those things that look like choices affect the sort of work you get offered, but generally I still try to chase down things that I’m interested in rather than just sit back and wait to see what’s presented. Everyone keeps thinking, are you making these because of Iris? And you know, Iris is 18 months old. Iris cannot see Fantastic Beasts. Iris has the attention span that can barely last the trailer of Early Man. Maybe in the future they’ll see these films, but not at the moment.
Ivonne: It was so interesting to see the energy in the recording booth with you and Maisie Williams and to hear from her how you helped her performance. You’ve always been very generous and complimentary to your female co-stars and women behind-the-scenes, so this may not be much of an issue for you. But in your upcoming films, how are you expecting that relationships and sets might be different because of the #TimesUp movement?
Eddie: I think there’s just been a massive sea-change, and I think that it will change the way that every man is in every workplace across the world. I’ve worked with many formidable women, but certainly when you go on a film set still you see that it is a male-centric place…And so I think that the question, to me, is the same way the film business is being focused on and actors are being focused on, it’s also about people behind the camera, it’s about directors, producers, heads of studios, and then of course into all other industries. So I think, I hope that there will be a shift. For a long time, people would say, oh, perhaps that female-centric films weren’t as commercially successful. But the top three films of the last year were fronted by women, some of them directed by women. It’s just not a valid excuse any more. So I think there will be a change.
You can watch the video below:
Eddie is currently busy filming the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them but he has found the time to share a video message in support of J.K Rowling’s children charity Lumos in which he encourages fans to donate for a chance to win a VIP visit to the set of the film in London! Here’s the link to find out more and donate to this extraordinary cause!
— Lumos (@lumos) August 30, 2017
Stephen Hawking’s New Voice is a sketch for the charity Comic Relief which aims to drive positive change through the power of entertainment. The sketch features some amazing cast and you can watch it below:
Stephen Hawking has had the same trademark voice for 30 years and has now decided it’s time for a change. Watch him view the audition tapes from hopeful celebrities…
If you’re in the UK, you can donate to Comic Relief here!
This past Sunday the BAFTAs Gala took place in London. Despite not being nominated this year, Eddie attended alongside Hannah as he presented the Award for Leading Actress to Emma Stone for her role in Damien Chazelle’s La La Land.
You can watch the moment in which Eddie very excitedly announces the winner and hands the award to Emma:
The 74th edition of the awards hosted by Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globes, are taking place tonight Sunday, January 8th 2017 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. Eddie had been a nominee in the past two editions and despite not being nominated this year, he is one of the attendees as he will be one of the presenters during the ceremony.
The ceremony will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon and will be aired live on NBC from 5-8pm PT / 8-11pm ET or accordingly, 10pm to 1am UK time.
Today, January 6th, 2017 marks Eddie’s 35th Birthday.
We would like to wish him a wonderful day!
To honour Eddie on this very special day, we are part of the social media network of fans that are organising an initiative where people can donate to the Motor Neurone Disease Association instead of giving gifts and cards. Eddie has given the idea his blessing! This is a cause that is very dear to his heart, given the intensely personal research that he did in order to prepare for his role of Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” that led him to become a Patron of the Association.
Here’s Eddie’s message:
“Preparing for the staggering responsibility of playing Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” reminded me that our greatest gift in life is our health.
Although I inhabited a bit of their lives for only a brief time, the immense courage and unfathomable struggles of MND families who shared their experiences are something that will never leave me, and I am honored to be a Patron of the MND Association.
Another of my great gifts is my fans, and each year as my birthday approaches, their outpouring of greetings and presents touches my heart. This year, a team of those fans is working with the MND Association to funnel your generosity into the Association’s critical research and services. The best birthday gift you can offer me is to share in my involvement with the MND Association in whatever way you can, to help work toward a deeper understanding of — and ultimately a cure for — this brutal disease.
As always, your support is profoundly moving to me. May your New Year be fulfilling!
We would like to get as many of you as possible to participate in what we believe is a beautiful initiative. Head over to our Just Giving page here to learn how you can donate. On the other hand, you can play a part by following our Twitter account @Happy35Eddie, share our tweets or create your own with the hashtag #Eddie4MND to help wish Eddie Happy Birthday in this meaningful way!
Eddie appears on the cover of the November 2016 issue of Rhapsody magazine. The beautiful editorial inside is shot by the talented photographer Jason Bell. You can read the interview conducted by Lizzy Goodman on their website, here!
“When you turn the camera on Eddie, he’s got such soul. His capacity for compassion is enormous.” Fantastic Beasts director David Yates.
“When I got cast in this film, my grandma was like, ‘I always knew you could play a wizard. She was thrilled.”
Source: Rhapsody Magazine
Finally, it is here! The final theatrical trailer for Eddie’s latest and most anticipated project ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them‘ has been released today! The film will be released in November, 18th and tickets pre-orders are already open. Make sure to get your tickets now and to make the wait more bearable, you can watch the trailer below!