Nothing like a night to dress up … Eddie & Hannah looked fabulous on Sunday at the British Vogue And Tiffany & Co. Celebrate Fashion And Film Party.
Hannah and Eddie attended the BAFTA Film Gala this past weekend in London.
– Eddie Redmayne Web > 2019 > February 8 | BAFTA Film Gala
Before it was called OMEGA, our company’s first workshop opened in 1848. Then, in 1894, we created the revolutionary 19-ligne “OMEGA” calibre – which changed the watch industry forever and gave us our famous name. This year, we’re celebrating the 125th anniversary of that iconic moment. Listen to Eddie Redmayne telling our story and see what we’ve created for the occasion.
The Oscar-winning actor and OMEGA ambassador introduce the 125th anniversary of the OMEGA name – telling the story of the extraordinary 19-ligne “OMEGA” calibre. He even shares a few personal tips on how to wear a pocket watch.
This week Eddie and Hannah attended the gala dinner celebrating the opening of the Christian Dior: Designer Of Dreams” Exhibition.
W gives us a sneak into their interview with Eddie and Rami Malek for their new Best Performances feature.
Rami Malek and Eddie Redmayne are no strangers to transformation. In 2014, Redmayne took home the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, and most recently, reprised his role as lovable wizard Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Malek, meanwhile, took on a very different real life figure this year, as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. When interviewed together, however, the two are far more normal—though no less charismatic—than their larger-than-life on-screen personas, as they chat about everything from karaoke adventures to first kisses. Here, the pair chat about what they learned from their roles, favorite Halloween costumes, and Redmayne’s excitement about the upcoming The Hills reboot.
Have you two met before?
Eddie Redmayne: We met fleetingly.
Rami Malek: We met just the other night. I was having dinner with some of my cast mates from Bohemian Rhapsody, and it was an incredible table you were sitting at. I think it would be a dream come true for a lot of people. So, I’m gonna make you name drop everyone. Go ahead.
Redmayne: I can’t remember who was there.
Malek: Yes, you can.
Redmayne: Jamie Dornan, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux. It was only in Los Angeles. I promise you that’s not my normal.
Malek: I was intimidated to walk up to this table, and I could just see everybody flipping out that you guys were all together.
Redmayne: But the first time we met, [it was] just after my daughter Iris was born, when sleep is really important. One night I heard these cranes going up outside, and I stormed outside, kind of furious. I saw these little letters on the thing saying there’s gonna filming here tonight. They were literally outside our front door, and they were filming Bohemian Rhapsody. We had this amazing makeup artist called Jan Sue who I worked with in The Theory of Everything, and Rami worked with on Bohemian Rhapsody. I texted her going, “You’re filming here?” So I took Iris, my daughter, and her first ever film set was your film set. I saw Rami from a distance, and I’ve gotta say you arrived on set so freaking in the zone that I was completely blown away by it. And then Iris started crying, and I was like, “Okie dokie.”
Malek: I’ll say this; I took so many lessons from you and The Theory of Everything. I absolutely fell in love with that performance. So enchanting, so deep, so wonderful, and so inspiring. I said, “Give me everything that he had in that film.” I asked for Jan Sewell, and I asked for a movement teacher.
Redmayne: What was that process like? Working with a dancer on The Theory of Everything, that changed my life for me.
Malek: Almost the exact same thing. I met with choreographers to play Freddie Mercury, and the guy’s just not choreographed; he’s so spontaneous. I found Pauline Bennett, who was incredible with movement. I mean, there were moments she said, “giraffe” to me, and I kid you not, I could make a Freddie pose as a giraffe. Some moments she’d be like, “Okay, you know the, the lyrics to ‘Killer Queen?’ Do them as a Shakespearian soliloquy, if it were being played by Marie Antoinette.”
What was the very first thing you auditioned for?
Malek: This is a pretty good story, actually. This first thing I auditioned for, I got a call from a casting director and she asked to speak to the agent representing Rami Malek, and I said, “Uh, speaking.” And she said, “Well, what’s your name?” And I said, “Well, this is Rami.” And she kind of laughed and she said, “Are you SAG?” And I said, “No, but we can work on that too.” She started laughing and laughing, and she said, “Alright, call me when you have an agent and you’re set, properly.” And I go, “You’re already laughing, give me a shot.” It was three lines in the Gilmore Girls, that’s your answer. I got the part. I said something about an assistant pastor, Eric. That’s all I can remember, and now people will look this up. It was great. Great show, great team to be a part of.
Redmayne: My first professional part was the book boy in [the West End musical] Oliver. I got to say, “Books you ordered from the bookseller, sir,” and then I had to run off. But the important thing was that I leave the books and then I run off too quickly, and so Oliver has to take the books back and he gets caught by the gang and stuff. But because I had this big moment, I would go home like, “Books you ordered from the bookseller, sir,” and I’d like gently saunter off the stage. The director came up finally and said, “You have to run off. It’s essential for the plot point that you run off.”
What was the first album you bought?
Redmayne: I think it was by the Beautiful South. You know not to get me started on music because I have the worst taste in music.
Malek: [Mine was] Bob Dylan, I think. “Blonde on Blonde,” and I bought a Joan Baez album, I can’t remember the name of it. But she sang on one of his tracks or maybe numerous tracks, but I had to have them both. And then I bought Leonard Cohen.
Redmayne: Rami, you’re making me sick! I bought “Always” by Bon Jovi. I like a good emotional ballad.
Eddie, do you have a karaoke song?
Redmayne: Alright, you know Leona Lewis’s “Bleeding Love?” It’s the greatest YouTube hole to go down: Leona Lewis, when she was on X Factor. Each week she just came and delivered and delivered. Occasionally she’d take her shoes off, and yeah, it’s a good YouTube hole to go down.
Do you still watch X Factor?
Redmayne: No, I don’t. But occasionally on a Saturday night I will turn it on, because, particularly when I’m working, I find like I can’t watch proper television. I have to watch just mindless reality TV.
Malek: I can watch documentaries, maybe. I won’t watch movies, cause then I start comparing myself to the actors I’m watching. That’s a horrible, abusive thing to do to oneself.
Do you ever watch reality TV?
Malek: Not really, no. I work on the show called Mr. Robot, and Christian Slater and Carly Chaikin meet and watch The Bachelor, so I was like, “Okay, let me join in on the group fun.” That wasn’t for me.
Redmayne: I’m quite excited because *The Hills*, which was my original reality TV guilty pleasure, is coming back.
Malek: What is The Hills about? Pitch me The Hills.
Redmayne: The Hills is about various genetically beautiful [people] around LA just chatting to each other. It starts with Natasha Bedingfield’s song, which I didn’t buy the single of, but I might has well of.
Who was your favorite person on the show?
Redmayne: I was inclined to Heidi Montag, who I sort of had a bit of a love-hate relationship with.
Do you have any secret skills?
Redmayne: I’m incredibly good at being early. I’m always the person who gets to the airport like a good four hours early.
Malek: If we’re going on the time thing, I manage to get to the airport about a minute or two before the plane actually takes off. I’ve never missed a flight.
Redmayne: When I first went on holiday with my wife, before we were married, we were going to Italy and it was agreed that we would meet on the plane because I knew that our burgeoning relationship would not last because she’s the antithesis [of me]. She’s like sensationally late all the time. And I’ll never forget, we were flying to Florence and I got on this EasyJet plane and I was sitting in the back surrounded by like three Irish monks and a nun and they were like, “Ladies and gentleman. I’m afraid this plane can’t take off because there’s one passenger that’s late.’ Then my wife comes in. If we had met in the airport, I think the relationship would have died before we even started. But fortunately, there were some calming Irish monks.
When was your first kiss?
Redmayne: It was at a school when I was about nine years old and the school that I was at, next door was a Swedish school. My friend was Swedish and there was a Swedish school disco and played a game of spin the bottle and if it landed on a girl, then I was gonna have to kiss them in the middle. It did land on a girl and I kissed her and I just remember the taste of Hubba Bubba. That’s my memory.
Malek: I was very, very young, and I have an identical twin brother and he did really well with people across the board and girls, as well, and I got a little jealous, you know, that he’d had his first kiss. He’d had a couple first kisses and I hadn’t. I thought, “You know, let’s never use this twin thing to our advantage.”
Redmayne: Oh, that is bad, mate.
Malek: It’s bad.
What was your favorite Halloween costume?
Redmayne: In Britain, we have this weird thing with Halloween where you get dressed up as a witch or a wizard. When I was making a film called The Other Boleyn Girl with Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman, they had a Halloween party. All of the British actors and crew all turned up with a witches nose or a pointy hat and Scarlett came in this kind of extraordinary dress with all these birds attached to it and she was from The Birds and that sort of made sense ’cause it’s kind of horror, and Natalie came with her friends as the girls from Grease. I was like, “That’s nothing to do with Halloween.” Then got explained to me that basically in America, it’s just an excuse to wear whatever you want.
Malek: We were shooting on Bohemian Rhapsody and since I had one of the greatest makeup artists in the world, we got off a little bit early and I had her turn me into Edward Scissorhands. I did Beetlejuice once. I really get into Halloween. My favorite was I did Forrest Gump, but the young Forrest. I made the leg braces myself. I went to Home Depot, and I got all the things to mechanically put this together. It looked pretty cool; so much that I got to do a film with Tom Hanks, and I thought, “I have to show him this, but will it be offensive at all?” But he just started laughing. He gets a laugh out of so many things, he just said, “Oh, you kooky kids.”
Rami, what is your go-to karaoke song?
Malek: In Japan, they love karaoke and I went with the members of our version of Queen, and we dressed up in animal onesies and we did “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the shape of the original music video. It was filmed by someone and I’m sure someone will probably get drunk and throw it out there into the ether. [Now,] I’m not big on karaoke after doing Bohemian Rhapsody for six months.
Redmayne: After doing what you had to do, and pushing yourself physically into such a space of exhibitionism and self-confidence that he had in those moments, has it changed you?
Malek: Yeah, very much. I feel quite liberated. I learned a lot from him. He’s just so defiant, so authentic, so real, and that’s what you get when you see him on stage. He is his own perfect, beautiful self and he looks out into the audience, he says, “You have the freedom to do the same thing, so I’ll enjoy this and do this.”
Eddie, what did you learn from Stephen Hawking?
Redmayne: Actually, it’s weird because the film I’ve just finished is about people that go up in an air balloon and are trying to, in the 19th century, discover about the stars and the sky and the atmosphere, and the theme of that is one of Stephen’s great things, which is keep looking up. That idea of this world we’re in at the moment, of always looking down and into our phones and kind of insular and tying ourselves in, the idea of looking up was something that Stephen spoke about and I think it’s the most beautiful thing.
Malek: That’s gorgeous. I did the last Night at the Museum with Robin Williams and he could see this evolution of everybody being on their devices. We got to shoot in the British Museum and I think he saw everybody kinda on their phones and he went off and was just standing by this rock. I thought, “Oh, he just wants to be alone, but what’s he doing over there, just staring out into space, is he okay?” And I walked over to him and, we had got pretty close over the course of doing those films, and I said, “What’s going on?” And he just whispers,”You know, it’s not often that you get a chance to be alone with the Rosetta Stone.”
Best Performances: Featuring Nicole Kidman, Claire Foy, Rami Malek, and 29 of Hollywood’s Biggest Stars
At the movies, 2018 was truly the year of the woman. In the past, that claim has been made optimistically, but this time around weighty female-centric films abounded. Actresses have, thankfully, moved beyond the sexy girlfriend or loyal helpmate clichés. Standout roles included brilliant, conniving ladies in waiting in The Favourite; a housekeeper at the heart of a fractured family in Roma; the hidden power broker behind the presidency of the United States in Vice; and an avenging cop in Destroyer. Along with these much-needed female points of view, there was also more racial diversity—and irrefutable proof that audiences are clamoring for new kinds of stories, featuring communities that have been previously ignored. The terrific superhero film Black Panther made $1.35 billion worldwide; Crazy Rich Asians, $238 million. The crowd-pleasing Green Book, which tells the true story of an unlikely interracial friendship in the 1960s, and If Beale Street Could Talk, based on James Baldwin’s classic novel set in Harlem in the early ’70s, were both period pieces that reminded audiences how things have—or haven’t—changed when it comes to race relations in America. Similarly, Boy Erased, about gay-conversion therapy, shined a light on a horrible practice that, disturbingly, is still around today. This portfolio portrays the leading Hollywood stars of 2018 in an eccentric universe created by the photographer Tim Walker. In fantastical scenarios featuring mysterious egg people and a giant bouncy castle, established actresses including Nicole Kidman, Saoirse Ronan, Amy Adams, and Margot Robbie rule alongside up-and-comers like KiKi Layne, Elsie Fisher, Yalitza Aparicio, and Elizabeth Debicki. Actors such as Michael B. Jordan, Timothée Chalamet, Willem Dafoe, and Mahershala Ali join in on the festivities, helping us celebrate the fact that there are finally big changes happening on the big screen. And there is no going back.
in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
What was the first record you bought?
Bon Jovi. “Livin’ on a Prayer” is such a good song. I love a good emotional ballad. The greatest YouTube hole to go down is Leona Lewis when she was on The X Factor. Every week, she just came and delivered. Occasionally she’d take her shoes off.
Do you watch other reality shows?
I’m quite excited because The Hills, which is my original reality-TV guilty pleasure, is coming back. I had a bit of a love-hate relationship with Heidi Montag.
Do you have a secret skill?
Yes. I’m incredibly good at being early. I’m always the person who gets to the airport four hours early. I drive everyone crazy.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EDDIE!
With Eddie’s 37th birthday just four days away, the hum is getting louder on social media about how to celebrate. Eddie’s role as Patron for the Motor Neurone Disease Association is one he takes as seriously as any of his acting roles. With the passing of the legendary Stephen Hawking (whose birthday is Jan. 8) last March, your gift to the MND Association takes on added meaning to help fund research into this devastating disease and support services to those affected by it and their families. Thank you for giving and for honoring Eddie!
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Last week Eddie made a special appearance as part of the Late Late Show with James Corden.
When James heads to the Ministry of Magic for his big wizard test, the instructor cannot comprehend James’s idea of magic and proceeds to demonstrate the real power of magic.
Plus some images from the filming:
I am back from holiday and wanted to share all the Eddie updates that I missed. Eddie participated in Omega’s Fantastic Night.
– Eddie Redmayne Web > 2018 > November 20 | Omega’s Fantastic Night
A great interview with USA Today.
LOS ANGELES – Hold the wand, because Eddie Redmayne now has homegrown skills when it comes to taming tiny creatures.
The 36-year-old actor laughs describing last New Year’s Eve, when he dressed up his eldest child, Iris, 2, as a Niffler, the adorably mischievous platypus-like creature in J.K. Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts” series.
“She was toddling at the time, just running around causing complete havoc,” says Redmayne, noting his whole family got in “fancy dress” as characters from “Fantastic Beasts” that night. “When I read the second script in which there are baby Nifflers … it was like I was method acting. I felt like I knew how to handle the baby Nifflers!”
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” (in theaters Friday) picks up in 1926, just weeks after the first film, as the fearsome, deceptively magnetic Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) breaks out of his New York prison and crosses the Atlantic to raise a dark resistance of true-blood wizards in Europe.
he sequel also finds classic introvert and magizoologist Newt Scamander (Redmayne) grappling with newfound fame inside the wizarding world as his former instructor, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law), tries to enlist his help in neutralizing Grindelwald. And when not caring for his case full of bellicose creatures, Newt is flummoxed to find himself quite awkwardly in love with criminal-chasing Auror Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston).
“What (Rowling) manages to do is to tell stories that feel completely contemporary yet also expose the fact that history repeats itself. She seems to shine a light on that …while also creating escapism,” says Redmayne, sinking back into a couch inside West Hollywood’s Palihouse hotel.
In real life, the Oscar winner is now a father of two (son Luke was born in March) with wife Hannah Bagshawe. Redmayne seems to have found a new rhythm, filming a “Fantastic” film roughly every two years while fitting in an occasional passion project.
In fact, Redmayne just wrapped “The Aeronauts” with his “Theory of Everything” co-star Felicity Jones – “well, almost finished the film,” he says ruefully, glancing down at his ankle, which is encased in a brace. “Because on the penultimate day, I walked on a crash mat, tripped and ruptured the tendons in my foot.”
Still, he’s “incredibly happy” these days. Actors often lead nomadic lives, jumping from set to set around the world. Frankly, “that’s not how I would like to live my life,” says Redmayne. “I’m quite an ordered, methodical person.” “Fantastic Beasts” has afforded chunks of time his brood can live at home (the franchise shoots outside of London, where Redmayne is based).
“My wife is much more free-spirited in that way, so she was all up for traveling,” Redmayne says. “But it’s wonderful to know with these films, if they continue to happen, that there’s a kind of consistency where very couple of years there will be a period where our roots will be (there).”
Redmayne, as gracious a movie star as they come, is now confronting a new conundrum: It’s unavoidable that “Crimes of Grindelwald” must also contend with a cloud of bad publicity that has settled over Depp, the sequel’s title character.
USA TODAY film critic Brian Truitt noted in his review that Depp’s “very appearance in these movies has been questioned by fans because of the actor’s offscreen controversies,” and specifically his messy split from wife Amber Heard, though he found Depp “proves a worthy bad guy with his Grindelwald, a silver-tongued, entrancing leader.”
Today, Redmayne says that “what happened between them, they spoke about publicly, they resolved between themselves and I’m just choosing to respect their words.”
Offscreen, Redmayne’s priorities are clearer than ever. Upon completion of “The Aeronauts,” he’s circling an upcoming Aaron Sorkin project, “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”
His chief goal with work, he says, is to travel as a foursome. “I’m happy to give everything to (a project), but I need to make sure that they will bring my family,” he says.
And given these often dark, Muggle times we live in, the actor says he’s pulled toward making films that inspire the imagination. “We’re all looking down in the world and everything is insulated,” he says. “It’s about the wonder and encouraging people to keep looking up and aspiring.”