Eddie Redmayne Praises Caitlyn Jenner: ‘Her Courage Is Amazing’

Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne is set to star as transgender icon Lili Elbe in the upcoming film adaption of The Danish Girl, and spent plenty time doing his research within the transgender community.

Redmayne covers the latest issue of Out Magazine and discusses his upcoming role and how three years of education under the trans community prepared him for the role of a lifetime.

“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,” he smiled.

Eddie won the Best Actor Academy Award earlier this year for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. The British star is thankful to have been given another thought provoking role and hopes audiences respond to Lili’s story when the movie hits theaters.

Eddie Redmayne for Out Magazine, September 2015
CREDIT: John Balsom for Out

“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],” he said. “Gosh, it’s delicate. And complicated.”

In his latest role in The Danish Girl, his features have helped him transform into a transgender activist. While many actors would question their suitability for such a role, the 33-year-old can understand why he was chosen.

“I suppose it depends what you think of as masculine and feminine,” he told Out Magazine. “I was musical, and I was into theatre 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.”

As for Caitlyn Jenner and the current conversation surrounding the trans community, “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.”

The September issue of Out Magazine will be on newsstands on August, 18, 2015.