Eddie spoke with Page Six on how he prepared for his role in his upcoming film “The Danish Girl”.
Last year Eddie Redmayne won the Oscar as nonmobile physicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.” This year, as a transgender person in “The Danish Girl” he again shows his talent — plus his nonclothed everything else.
Publicist Peggy Siegal arranged our chat, but when the restaurant grew crowded, a bathroom entryway seemed our only quiet spot. Needing the john, Eddie refused the ladies’ room. I wasn’t into sightseeing the gents’.
Organizing this special transgenderville-film interview was like readying for today’s men’s room/ladies’ room/unisex room toiletgate.
Eddie: “To prepare for this part, I read people’s stories, studied their art, collected their thoughts, met transgender communities in LA. I immersed myself in their lives and knew every transgender woman I could. I met their partners.
“Everyone’s generosity in educating me was enormous. Very giving, they’d say, ‘No question I won’t answer in order to explain to you.’
“This true story took place in 1920. No known predecessor or community then. Nobody could comprehend this.
“In the beginning, these ladies said they’d use too much makeup. Their clothes, like for a teenage girl, were too feminine.
“All knew early they’d been born into some different-gender body and to unravel herself each tried to work out who they were. Living as a man, they wore high starched collars, tailored suits, like some scaffolding of masculinity.”
We sat scrunched at a mini table inside the windy street exit. Tieless, jacketless Eddie fortunately wore a sweater. He said: “A high point is when, still a man, my character’s at a peep show and relates to the woman dancing. The scene’s in the movie.”
Talented, handsome, a hot 33, when he’s older and maybe bent and grizzled — will he still be “Eddie”? He laughed. “Edward Albee said I should become Edward. I’m Eddie to my friends. I think . . . who knows . . . I’ll probably stay Eddie.”
One more question before the door reopened and I froze to death — where’s his Oscar? “On a little side table in my London home. That whole experience was such a frenzy. I keep staring to make sure it’s real. I actually shine it.”
An English male, his movie is “The Danish Girl.”