‘Fantastic Beasts’ Eddie Redmayne Shares Biggest Secret; ‘Danish Girl’ Not the First Time He Played a Trans


Eddie Redmayne reveals that it is not his first time to play as a transgender in “The Danish Girl.”

The 34-year-old actor was commended for an outstanding performance in “The Danish Girl” where he plays a trans woman. He had the honour of portraying Lili Ilse Elvenes or Lili Elbe, the first known person to have received gender reassignment surgeries.

The film was a romanticised retelling of the life of Lili Elbe. During her time, transgender surgeries were very risky because these were still in the experimental stage. The movie was based more on the novel of the same name written by Devid Ebershoff rather than historical fact.

“It’s just been the most gigantic education for me,” the actor said.

According to People, the portrayal made him become more aware of the issues that the transgender community still faces today even though the events in the film happened 100 years prior.

Redmayne shared that this is not the first time he played as a woman.

As reported in Radar Online, he acted the part of Viola in Shakespeare’s “The Twelfth Night” in a theatrical play held at the Middle Temple Hall, London. Here, he portrayed yet another person who switched genders but not like the Danish transgender. Instead, Redmayne acted as the woman protagonist who disguised as a man to serve the Duke because only men were allowed to hold high positions during her time.

Redmayne’s opposite was the noblewoman Olivia as portrayed by Mark Rylance, a fellow Screen Actor’s Guild Awards nominee and main lead in historical drama TV series “Wolf Hall.” It is customary in Bard’s day that theatrical performances feature an all-male cast.

“The Danish Girl” was released last January 22. Redmayne is set to appear as the protagonist in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” which is set in the wizarding world of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter.

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