True love Izzard to find
AS THE world’s most famous transvestite, comedian Eddie Izzard has always been in touch with his feminine side. But now he reckons it’s time to let the boy side out again.
‘‘People know I’m a transvestite, but I’m all boy,’’ he says. ‘‘I fancy girls. I like gadgets and football. I just have an extra girlie bit, which surfaces with the heels, skirts and make-up.’’
And as with many of his female counterparts, Eddie reckons his biological clock is also ticking. ‘‘I would love a couple of kids by the time I’m 50, he says.
‘‘The trouble is finding ‘The One’. My ideal partner would be Jessica Rabbit but, failing that, a Marilyn Monroe-type figure would be great. She’d have to have really big boobs.’’
Izzard, 46, was once quoted as saying: ‘‘I definitely have breast envy. When teenage girls were saying ‘I wish I had breasts’, I was thinking the same thing. My sexuality is straight transvestite or male lesbian. It seems we are beyond the idea that I’m gay and hiding it. If I had to describe how I feel in my head, I’d say I’m a complete boy plus half a girl.’’
He has had long-term relationships but likes to keep them private. As soon as you talk about real life romance in the media, he reasons, you are fair game.
Izzard has never been short of attention. He has an army of female fans and regularly receives marriage proposals from them.
And it seems the ladies have loved his sense of humour since his schooldays. He couldn’t compete with the confident lads in the soccer team so he decided to crack jokes instead.
‘‘My teenage years were cursed with acne and greasy hair,’’ he says. ‘‘I went to a boys’ school that became mixed when we got to 16. But they didn’t bring in equal amounts of girls, just one for every 20 or so boys.
‘‘The sporty lads got the interest from the girls, so I thought, ‘Right, I’m not going to talk to any of them. I’d rather be mysterious than 15th in line’.’’
So he settled for funny remarks in class and, to his surprise, girls started fancying him.
‘‘I got a load of good jokes in one day in my chemistry class,’’ he recalls. ‘‘Then I met a girl in the lunch queue who said, ‘I didn’t know you
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existed two terms ago’. I couldn’t believe it. I thought, ‘Well, this is working’.’’
The joking stopped when he landed a girlfriend.
‘‘You feel like you’re showing off and you become boring again,’’ he says with a laugh.
Izzard has branched from live comedy to film and television. He’s co-starring with fellow Brit Minnie Driver in the TV drama The Riches, about Irish travellers in the American Deep South. He’s also played a villain who swears terrible revenge on Uma Thurman in the comedy My Super Ex-Girlfriend and starred opposite George Clooney and Brad Pitt in Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen.
‘‘Yes, I’m good mates with Brad and George,’’ Izzard says with a laugh.
Bunny man: Eddie Izzard, here with his Riches co-star Minnie Driver, says his ideal partner
would be Jessica Rabbit.