Eddie Redmayne may be adept at reinvention for movie roles — as anyone who’s seen The Theory of Everything can attest — but when it came to preparing to play the first person to undergo gender-confirmation surgery in The Danish Girl, research about the trans community proved a huge help.
Three years ago, Swedish actress Alicia Vikander attended the Golden Globe Awards to support a Danish film she starred in called A Royal Affair, which had been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. “I was walking around inside there on tiptoes,” Vikander says. “It was beyond my wildest dreams. Just to get a peek behind the curtain was a memory for life. It was something I could tell my grandkids.”
There is a tender moment more than halfway through The Danish Girl, Tom Hooper’s new historical drama about transgender pioneer Lili Erbe, where celebrated painter Gerda (Alicia Vikander) comforts her spouse Lili (Eddie Redmayne), who simply cannot keep up the façade of living life as a male.
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To portray the early 20th-century transgender pioneer Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl, Eddie Redmayne did extensive research, interviewing transgender women about their own experiences to make sure he got it right. But in Details magazine’s new cover story, Redmayne reveals that before he started looking into Elbe’s story, he was largely ignorant of many transgender issues and terms.
Eddie Redmayne, who won an Oscar playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, returns to the screen this week with another transformational performance in The Danish Girl. Directed by Tom Hooper, the film tells the story of artist and transgender pioneer Lili Elbe — the first known recipient of gender confirmation surgery — and wife Gerda Wegener (Redmayne and Alicia Vikander).
Although it’s set 90 years ago, Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl couldn’t feel more timely. 2015 has marked a turning point in the struggle for transgender acceptance, as high-profile symbols of that battle—from Caitlyn Jenner to Laverne Cox to the award-winning Amazon series Transparent—have crossed over into the mainstream, changing attitudes that until recently seemed unchangeable.
Most people who have heard about Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl know that it tells the real-life story of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, a painter in 1920s Rotterdam who was the first known recipient of gender confirmation surgery. The film (in theaters Nov. 27) follows roughly a decade in the life of Lili (Eddie Redmayne) as she faces both cultural and medical challenges in her journey toward her true identity.
Laverne Cox has been part of the Eddie Redmayne appreciation society for some time.
“Eddie Redmayne is brilliant. He is a brilliant actor,” Cox told Elle in September when asked about Redmayne playing transgender pioneer Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl. “I cannot wait to see him do the role. I think he will be great.”
With one subtle camera change, the makers of The Danish Girl highlighted Eddie Redmayne's feminine side
The Danish Girl is about transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, who was born Einar Wegener in 1882 and in the 1920s became the first known recipient of sex reassignemnt surgery. Eddie Redmayne, the reigning Best Actor Oscar-winner for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, plays Lili in the film (out Nov. 27), and spends more than half of his performance identifying as a woman.
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