BRILLIANTLY talented Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne said he had a lot to learn about playing transgender.
In an interview with Out magazine, the British actor admits being quite naive about the TG community and their struggle before he played Lili Elbe in ‘The Danish Girl.’
“It’s a civil rights moment. My greatest ignorance when I started was that gender and sexuality were related. And that’s one of the key things I want to hammer home to the world: You can be gay or straight, trans man or woman, and those two things are not necessarily aligned.”
While preparing for the role, Redmayne said he was touched by the openness the transgender men and women he talked to displayed when sharing their stories, and that one woman’s groundbreaking, public transition inspired him in particular.
“I absolutely salute Caitlyn Jenner’s 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.”