Eddie Redmayne plays transgender pioneer Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl due out November 27. Elbe née Einar Mogens Wegener was one of the first people to undergo sex reassignment surgery. Redmayne reunited with his Les Miserables director Tom Hooper for the film.
The 33-year-old Oscar winner talks about the challenging role with OUT magazine. He discusses the advice he received from the trans community for his preparation and also shares thoughts on gender and Caitlyn Jenner. Check out more pics below snapped by John Balsom featured in the publication’s September 2015 Fall Preview issue.
On What The Role Taught Him About Gender
“That it’s fluid, I suppose. And also that it needn’t be labeled. My greatest ignorance when I started was that gender and sexuality were related. And that’s one of the key things I want to hammer home to the world: You can be gay or straight, trans man or woman, and those two things are not necessarily aligned.”
On Caitlyn Jenner
“I absolutely salute her courage. Hers is a very specific story, and it’s one that shouldn’t stand for everybody’s. But it is amazing what she’s gone through and how she’s done it. It’s a civil rights movement.”
On Advice From Trans Community For His Danish Girl Role
“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. 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.
On Thoughts On Masculinity vs Femininity
“I suppose it depends on 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.”
For more, head over to OUT.com.