Eddie Redmayne talks transgender role in The Danish Girl

Eddie RedmayneEddie Redmayne is ready to take on his most challenging role to date. The English actor who won an Oscar earlier this year for his performance in The Theory Of Everything will next play a transgender artist in The Danish Girl.

Eddie opened up to OUT magazine in their latest issue and spoke out about the transgender community. “People were so kind and generous with their experience, but also so open. Virtually all of the trans men and women I met would say ‘Ask me anything.’ They know that need for cisgender people to be educated.”

In The Danish Girl, Eddie plays Lili Elbe, one of the first transgender women to have sex reassignment surgery in the early 1930s.  He says he understood the importance of the role. “I felt like, I’m being given this extraordinary experience of being able to play this women, but with that comes this responsibility of not only educating myself but hopefully using that to educate [an audience]. Gosh, it’s delicate. And complicated.”

Commenting on gender identity, Eddie remarks, “I suppose it depends what you think of as masculine and feminine.  I was musical, and I was into theater and arts, but I was also into sports, so I had quite a broad spectrum. I can also totally see that other people see a femininity in me.”

The Danish Girl will hit theatres on November 27. -Maria-Josee Martinez

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