Eddie Redmayne has gone from near obscurity to landing the cover of W Magazine. He has starred in a handful of smaller films, and his breakout role came opposite Michelle Williams in ‘My Week With Marilyn.’ While Eddie was brilliant in that movie, I don’t think a whole lot of people actually saw it. Then came the role of a lifetime, starring in last year’s blockbuster musical, ‘Les Miserables.’
Now Eddie lands the W Magazine cover opposite actress Brit Marling. Eddie is totally a cutie pie. Seriously. Look at that face!
Here’s more from the interview:
An interesting story about Yves Klein Blue: Eddie was staring at an abstract landscape by Gustav Klimt at the Neue Galerie in Manhattan on a freezing afternoon in early February. “Look at that,” he said, pointing to a small bright blue patch in the upper left corner of the canvas. Redmayne, who is 31 but has the boyish exuberance of the perpetually curious, majored in art history at Cambridge and wrote his dissertation on the artist Yves Klein and his signature color: a pure electric blue that nearly matches the shade in the Klimt. “I’m color-blind, but I can pick out that blue anywhere,” Redmayne said and walked toward the painting in a sort of trance. “I wrote 30,000 words on this color, and I never grew tired of it. The pigment is staggering. It’s amazing that a color can be so emotional. One can only hope to achieve that intensity in acting.”
Seven years ago, he came to NYC to audition for The Good Shepherd, in which he played Angelina Jolie’s son: “I doubt it was my acting—I have my big lips to thank for getting cast.”
His career path: “My trajectory has always been a little bipolar—I’m caught between the Elizabethans and the crazies… I heard about the auditions for Les Mis while I was in a field in North Carolina shooting a movie called Hick, in which I play a pedophile meth addict from Texas with a limp. I was in my Winnebago dressed in a cowboy costume, and I took my iPhone and filmed myself singing my character Marius’s big song.”
His character in Les Mis: “Three people die because of Marius,” he said as he ordered Wiener schnitzel and a glass of white wine. “He has to bear that weight.” Redmayne smiled. “When I was a boy, I was so jealous of Gavroche, the youngest revolutionary. I wanted to be him. Gavroche and Les Mis may be why I became an actor.”
His first stage role was in a production of Oliver when he was 11: “I had one line,” he said, still sounding proud. “Here it is: ‘Books you ordered from the bookseller, sir.’ I was elated and terrified. That musical was like a rite of passage. Half the cast of Les Mis were in some production of Oliver! That experience sticks with you: I can still do my audition dance.”
Corset pain: During his second year at Cambridge, Redmayne was cast as Viola in an all-male Shakespeare’s Globe production of Twelfth Night. “I was a boy playing a girl playing a boy,” he recalled. “I had to wear a whalebone corset. To this day, when actresses on set start whining to me about the pain of their corsets, I say, ‘I’ve been there. It’s not that bad.’ ”
He was saved by the play Red: In 2009, he was sent the script for Red, John Logan’s play about the artist Mark Rothko and his assistant. A meditation on mentors, genius, and the creative process, Red reminded Redmayne of his school thesis on Klein’s blue. “And Klein worked in red too,” Redmayne said, as if it were a sign. Night after night, Redmayne’s character, the assistant, would engage Rothko on existential subjects while mixing paint, hoping to come up with Rothko’s perfect hue. “During the production, I became a parody of myself,” Redmayne joked. “I lived on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village and started painting. Red restored my faith in acting.”
I think Eddie’s going to have a great career. He’s actually TALENTED, which a lot of his pretty-boy-peers are not. I can’t wait to see what he does next!