Eddie Redmayne Opens Up About His ‘Greatest Ignorance’ Before Playing A Trans Woman

I admit it. I love Eddie Redmayne. First saw him in ‘Les Miserables,’ then got utterly blown away by him in ‘The Theory of Everything’. He is phenomenal in that film and I know he’d bring unmatched sensitivity to this story. The film is due out November 27th or thereabout, but I couldn’t find a trailer for it.

For Eddie Redmayne, tackling the role of transgender icon Lili Elbe in “The Danish Girl” was “an extraordinary experience,” but also a “delicate” and “complicated” process.

The Academy Award-winning actor, 33, tells Out magazine that he sought extensive advice from transgender men and women, including “Cloud Atlas” director Lana Wachowski, for his role in the new movie, which is slated for a November release. He’d found himself so profoundly moved by the “Danish Girl” script, which he called “a piece about authenticity and love and the courage it takes to be yourself,” and aimed to turn in a worthy performance that would respect that quality.

“People were so kind and generous with their experience, but also so open,” he told writer Paul Flynn for Out. “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. I felt like, ‘I’m being given this extraordinary experience of being able to play this woman, but with that comes this responsibility of not only educating myself but hopefully using that to educate [an audience].'”

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