LAST MAN STANDING
British actor Eddie Redmayne is having a moment
How does an actor know when he’s really made it? For British star Eddie Redmayne, it was after he fell asleep on a plane. “When I woke up the man next to me asked, ‘Are you somebody important? I’m asking because the stewardesses came over and were watching you sleep.’”
Redmyane’s Golden Globe-winning, Oscar-nominated performance as physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything means he’s going to have to get used to the gawpers. His previous major role came in 2012’s Les Miserables, which also featured heavily at the Oscars. A year before that he made Hollywood sit up and take note with a strong outing in My Week With Marilyn. Those movies – and a killer pair of cheekbones – alerted Burberry’s creative director Christopher Baily, who plastered Redmayne’s famous freckles across billboards for the British brand. Since then, Redmayne has been a marked man on red carpets and a regular on the style pages.
The recently-married actor, 33, will next be seen as a villain in Jupiter Ascending, a sci- epic from the people behind The Matrix trilogy. He’s also signed up to work with Les Mis director Hooper again in 2016’s Danish Girl, about the painter Einar Wegener. With that kind of exposure, the next time Redmayne takes a nap on a plane he may want to wear an eye mask.