The Daily Mail gives us this great article where Eddie talks about wedding planning with Hannah!
Eddie Redmayne and his fiancée are planning a winter wedding — complete with fake movie snow.
The award-winning actor, whose stunning portrayal of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking is a main Oscar hopeful, will marry Hannah Bagshawe, his girlfriend of three years, in December. And his bride is determined that the wedding will be a winter wonderland.
Redmayne told me: ‘Hannah’s like: “Well, you work at Pinewood studios — can’t you fix up some fake snow?”’
Redmayne joked that he could imagine some of the directors he has worked with shouting ‘Action!’ as the snow machine whirred into life.
When I asked why he and Hannah, an antiques dealer, were getting married at a time when temperatures plunge, he explained: ‘Because Hannah and I and Hannah’s dad and my mum are all fans of the hymn In The Bleak Midwinter and wanted an excuse to sing that at a wedding.’
The 32-year-old gives the performance of his career as Hawking — who was diagnosed with terminal motor neurone disease at the age of 21 and has now lived with it for more than 50 years — in Working Title’s The Theory Of Everything.
He stars with the sublime actress Felicity Jones in the movie which, at its heart, is a story charting the physics of love between Hawking and his first wife, Jane.
‘It’s an unconventional love,’ Redmayne told me. ‘Love in all its guises: toil and foibles of love and the reality of it as well.’
Redmayne and Jones make for a formidable, utterly believable couple, whether in or out of love.
The actor said Hawking’s not only one of the cleverest men on the planet, he’s also a bit of a rock star.
Redmayne has heard tales of Hawking hanging out with comedian Jimmy Carr and singer Harry Styles.
‘I love that he’s an icon of cool. His essence is complicated to distil because he has an extraordinary joy of life. He has a formidable brain obviously, but he’s also deeply human.
‘There are moments of stubbornness; he’s not a saint either. Also, for me, above and beyond, he’s one of the funniest men I’ve ever met. He’s naughty and witty.
‘Because we project so much onto him, he’s taken on a mythical, almost god-like quality that is iconic.’
To help prepare for the role, he met with physicists who had studied under Hawking. But as Redmayne, an art history graduate, gave up science when he was 12, he had to negotiate a mutual starting point.
‘They’d start at this advanced level, and I said: “Imagine I’m six years old — talk to me as though I don’t know anything.”
‘They gave me a text book and I started reading about tortoises and then Ancient Greece. I was thinking: “I’m about to understand how the universe works!”’
‘And somewhere between pages 15 and 17, they lost me.’
Redmayne enters the award season with two other top-flight British actors vying for top honours: Timothy Spall, magnificent as the artist J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh’s masterpiece Mr Turner, and Benedict Cumberbatch, excellent as the genius code-breaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.
The Theory Of Everything opens in the U.S. on November 7 and January 1, 2015, in the UK.