Eddie Redmayne said he’s “just taking over” as he reflects on his hugely successful acting career and latest project.
The 40-year-old British actor is best known for his complex performances in the biopic The Theory Of Everything and The Danish Girl, as well as his role in the Harry Potter spin-off franchise Fantastic Beasts.
Speaking with GQ Hype, Redmayne said, “I don’t have a big plan. I’m just kidding him. “
The Oscar-winning actor did not go to formal acting school before entering the acting world and instead read art history at Cambridge University after completing his education at Eton College.
From the age of 10, however, Redmayne attended Jackie Palmer Stage School where she discovered her passion for acting and singing.
After the release of his latest film, The Good Nurse, in which Redmayne plays serial killer Charlie Cullen, he reflected on his very different role as Newt Scamander in the Fantastic Beasts films.
“When I entered that world, I knew I was joining a machine much bigger than me,” he said.
“He gave me a huge amount and I loved working with some of the best and most joyful actors in the world.
“To be able to come back to this every two years – in a nomadic, circus-like industry – that continuity has been wonderful.”
However, Redmayne acknowledged that he was always looking for a challenge and was ready for a new project, adding, “What became clear to me is that comfort and I’m not very good together.
“So I’m always looking for ways to push myself out of my comfort zone.”
The Good Nurse, for which Redmayne attended nursing school in preparation, sees nurse Amy Loughren, played by Jessica Chastain, suspect her colleague Charlie Cullen is responsible for the deaths of a number of patients.
The film, directed by Tobias Lindholm, is based on Charles Graeber’s 2013 novel of the same name, itself based on the true story of serial killer Charlie who killed numerous patients over the course of her 16-year career as a nurse in New Jersey.
Speaking about the source of his creativity, Redmayne didn’t attribute it to a particular project, but he told the magazine, “Acting is a weird mix of control and freedom.
“When you make movies, you lose control. You’re a cog in that thing. You can work on the script for years, but there comes a point where you have to reveal it, and it’s a complex thing, you know?
“At best, you are doing it with someone you trust and therefore you feel completely free.
“But it doesn’t always work that way.”
The full interview with Eddie Redmayne is now available online at GQ Hype.