Glamour posted this interview with Eddie today!
Eddie Redmayne has it all: the looks (he’s a former Burberry model); the acting chops (he won a Tony in 2010 and just might add an Oscar to his mantel); and the soft side (he paints and plays piano). Just when you thought the 33-year-old couldn’t get any more perfect—sorry, ladies, he’s married—the star of sci-fi thriller Jupiter Ascending tells us about the part of a lifetime, love, and rubbing shoulders with Prince William.
GLAMOUR: There’s a lot of buzz over your role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. How’d you get the part?
EDDIE REDMAYNE: I chased it pretty hard. I called [the director] James [Marsh], and we met in London. He drank a few coffees; I downed a few pints. As I got more tipsy, I got more effusive about my desire to play this part. I had no idea that there was such an astounding story behind Hawking.
GLAMOUR: How did you prepare yourself to play an aging genius with ALS?
ER: I had months to work with ALS patients. Even though it is such a horrific disease, you find great humor and vivacity from people in the most extreme circumstances.
GLAMOUR: What’s the first thing you do after wrapping two films back-to-back?
ER: Walk with [wife Hannah Bagshawe] in London and go to the Pizza Express for a La Reine with extra pepperoni. Real classy.
GLAMOUR: Nice. You’ve worked with amazing actresses like Angelina Jolie and Julianne Moore. What did they teach you?
ER: I am quite lucky. I learned the most from the younger actresses, though, like Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz. The freedom they have really changed [me]. Chloe also taught me that I had the same taste in music as a 14-year-old girl.
GLAMOUR: You play a dark prince in Jupiter Ascending, but there are some photos circulating on the Internet of you with an actual prince—Prince William. Explain, please!
ER: We were on the same rugby team at Eton College. He’s a wonderful man. I always felt slightly sorry for him because everyone wanted to tackle the future king of England. He took all the hits.