Friday, January 31, 2014

New Yorker friends - Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano

When Eddie Redmayne lived in New York in 2010, he became close friends with Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano.

Eddie's answer to a question in an interview about going out after the show (Red) in NYC:
Yeah I do. It's been cool. Zoe Kazan and her boyfriend Paul [Dano] --I've been hanging out with them a bit, and it's been really fun. I tend to go out for a drink or two because it's quite high adrenaline. ( x )
When Eddie did the play 'Red' in New York, he read the script of
'My Week with Marilyn' and he made an audition tape to applying
for the part Zoe helped him. She read Marilyn's part. (x)

All three of them attended events such as premieres of 'My Week with Marilin', Zoe's 'We live here' and 'Les Misérables'.
During the summer of 2010 Paul shot a short film "Franklin and Matilda" with Eddie and Zoe, which didn't come out yet. It’s a black and white love story made as homage to Francois Truffaut.

Photo: Eddie with Zoe in NYC May 2010

They attended the party for the New York Film Festival premiere of "My Week With Marilyn" 
hosted by Dior at Hudson Hotel on October 9, 2011 in New York City. ( x ) & ( x )

Eddie, Zoe and Paul at 'Les Miserables' New York Premiere NYC 10.12.2012 ( x )

Eddie with Zoe and Mamie Gummer at the MET Gala NYC May 6 2013 ( x )

My related post:
photos from the "We Live Here" premiere afrer-party, infos with photos about Dano's short film starring Eddie and Zoe and a few photo from Les Mis NYC premiere:
2011"We Live Here" premiere - shooting "Franklin and Matilda"

Updated on May 21, 2016

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Eddie Redmayne supports Team Margot!

Do something amazing this New Year and become a stem cell donor. You could save a life. 
It could be Margot’s or someone else’s. 

Register. Swab. Save a life. 

UK & DKMS - visit: to register - it only takes 5 minutes and you can save a life. When asked "how did you hear about us", please select 'Team Margot' from the drop-down box to enable us to track registrations we have generated.

For anyone outside the UK wishing to register as a stem cell donor, please visit
and select your country to find your local donor registration organisation.

Thank you
source: facebook x

Parents appeal to find donor for daughter with rare leukaemia
Latest ITV News reports here

For more information click on the YouTube sign and read the description and notes on YouTube!

New fan photos from the Sainsbury - Angel look

Eddie met some fans in Sainsbury, while grocery shopping today
(sources: sirredmayne, Twitter,

It's known as 'London Bridge,' but it's in Eddie Redmayne's Borough-Southwark 
neighborhood. He's often spotted there.

Here's a reminder!

2014                                                         2008   

Another fan adventure!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Felicity Jones in the Vogue February 2014 issue plus other interviews

Yesterday was 'The Invisible Woman' premiere at the Odeon Kensington in London.
The website published an article today about Felicity Jones from the Vogue February issue, an interview in which she mentions Eddie Redmayne too. I illustrated the post with Theory of Everything set photos, that I didn't posted yet. ( x ) Some of them are cropped.

February Vogue: Meet Miss Jones 
excerpts from the article by Violet Henderson 29 Jan 2014
(full Vogue article with Felicity Jones photos here)
Ralph Fiennes observes: "She is a totally natural actress who can open a window 
for the audience. Through her eyes she conveys a rich inner life, full of emotion."

...she naturally gravitates towards a certain type of British actor: the type that pontificates, likes Shakespeare, treats theatre, film and television as equals, and doesn't stumble out of nightclubs. (Polly) Stenham praises her friend's mind: "Felicity has a fierce intellect. A mind like a knife. She looks at things intently. Then turns them upside down and looks again. I often think it might not just be acting that we'll know her for. And she's funny. Hellishly."
If this is a new cool British intelligentsia - the Bloomsbury Set relocated to twenty-first-century east London (where Jones and many of her cohorts live) - she seems proud to be a part of it. She says, "It's amazing to think we've always been working, for 10 years now, and together. Yesterday on set I watched Eddie Redmayne and Charlie Cox do a scene together, and it was so beautiful seeing the subtlety of their acting, how they now know absolutely how to be on camera. I love that we can still support each other." She decides what binds them all together is "seriousness. I think we all feel very lucky to be doing what we do, and we all believe in acting and believe in telling important stories." In recognition of this, and Jones and Redmayne's growing gravitas within the acting world, both actors have been elected to join a Bafta committee, on which Dexter Fletcher and Shane Meadows also sit, to nominate upcoming British talent in film, television and gaming for the Burberry-sponsored Breakthrough Brit Awards.


The Telegraph - News Topics - Mandrake - by Tim Walker 09 Dec 2013
Seeing is believing 
Although it may not sound like such a compliment, Eddie Redmayne tells me that he can’t wait to see Felicity Jones in The Invisible Woman. “She going to be amazing in it,” says Redmayne, who stars with her in Theory of Everything, a film about Stephen Hawking. He says she was hugely supportive to him as he played Hawking. As an
art historian, he adds his principal challenge was getting to grips with physics. ( x )

Older articles and posts:
...Making Theory of Everything was life changing. It was very emotional. Stephen Hawking and Jane [his former wife] are phenomenal people because of what they’ve survived. They were so young when Stephen was diagnosed with motor neurone disease – she was 18, he was in his early 20s. They were told he was only going to live for two years and he’s now in his 70s – I think a lot of his survival comes from sheer personal drive and Jane is still an incredible support. Without sounding too dewy-eyed, Jane had such a capacity for love. I wanted to tell her story. For anyone who’s caring and being cared for it is a tough situation. But the whole story is rooted in love.
Eddie Redmayne and I went round to Stephen Hawking’s house in Cambridge. Stephen is charming and incredibly charismatic; he has a very dry sense of humour. At one point we were talking about star signs: his birthday is on the same day as Galileo’s and he wrote, ‘I’m an astronomer not an astrologer’, which I thought was very funny.
photo source
I wasn’t great at physics and I hate maths. So at first I was a bit intimidated about the idea of trying to understand his theories, but that’s the great thing about A Brief History of Time – Stephen has made them accessible...

Update 3 Feb 2014:
Another article: GQ&A: Felicity Jones
Q: Who is your best-dressed British man?
A: Eddie Redmayne, who I've just worked with. 
He'll be so pleased that I've said that, maybe you should take it out!

Update 4 Feb 2014:
Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne studied Stephen Hawking for biopic
...the two stars were so determined to portray their characters convincingly
they visited Hawking at home to learn more about him...

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Flirty pictures of Eddie and Amanda from events and interviews

Our lovable Eddie Redmayne is always very sweet, kind and gallant with women and plays mostly lovers (even the psychopats are those). Here are some photos of Eddie and Amanda Seyfried from last years interviews and events they attended together, and a gif from the set of Les Misérables. Seeing these flirty pictures I'm not surprised, that many people thought, they are a couple. They are cheerful, look good together and these gestures are easy to misunderstand. They were promoting the movie in which they were the romantic leads. Convincing!.

“This angelic facade [of Amanda Seyfried], don’t be lulled in”

Aussie movie chick Alicia Malone talks to LES MISERABLES charming star Eddie Redmayne, about 
sing-acting, dirty Amanda Seyfried and embarrassing jazz hands... for Malone's Movie Minute.

Monday, January 27, 2014

The London Magazine - February 2014 - British invasion

Eddie Redmayne is in the London Magazine February issue. Let's begin with the cover. They used a photo from the 2011 Toronto shoot. I already posted this in August (Stunning beauty), this breathtaking picture is one of my favorites.
scan source: olly-77

In the magazine there's an article about the new generation of Londoners in Hollywood:
Young, famous & British
By Danny Leigh - published on 27 January 2014
Excerpts from the article (full article here):
...If you wanted to host a party solely for British actors now bestriding Hollywood, your problem would be finding a
big enough room. Limiting things to those with a London connection wouldn’t help...
...These days, Brits are as likely to play the heroes as the bad guys, and if you don’t hear a British accent when they speak it’s because our actors seem to be regarded by Hollywood as better at giving American than actual Americans...
...To John Papsidera, casting director of both The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, the British have stepped into a vacuum: “You look at the list of American leading men, and they’re very boylike. You need to find guys who
carry that heroicness with them.”
A more conventionally reserved version of British manhood has also been key. As well as box office success,
what excites the studios is awards, of course...
...American stars can be cut off from anything outside their own career, whereas London’s culture is imbibed
by its actors...
... To American casting directors, a professional education in London still carries real heft...
...When we do throw that party, let’s make sure we make plenty of room for all the female actors, too.
When it comes to acting in Hollywood movies, there’s never been a better time to be from London...

Photo by Nick Wilson (source: olly-77)
Who is Eddie Redmayne?
The last part of the article briefly introduces Eddie Redmayne, mentions his most important English theater awards
and films, and a few quotes from him.
“Having large lips helped me to get the part of Angelina Jolie’s son, and my pale colouring helped me to get the role
of Julianne Moore’s son in Savage Grace – two physical features have never been so helpful.”
During filming in New York, he remembered, “I had saved up to be able to take my girlfriend out for a really special, extravagant meal. But when I went to pay the bill, they told me
‘Mr De Niro has already paid for you, Sir.’ I couldn’t believe it.”

( x )
The article mentions many successful British actors and Actresses like: 
Chiwetel Ejiofor from Forest Gate, Tom Hiddleston from Westminster, Idris Elba from Hackney, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Andrew Garfield, Douglas Booth, Will Poulter and Asa Butterfield, Robert Pattinson, Gary Oldman, Christian Bale, Henry Cavill, Steve McQueen from deepest Ealing, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy from East Sheen, Chiswick resident Colin Firth, Dominic West, Damian Lewis, Hugh Laurie, Naomie Harris, Emma Watson and Felicity Jones.

There's a quote in it from Andrew Garfield about LA - he was born in LA to an American father and
English mother, but grew up in Epsom, and views his birthplace warily.
“It’s a weird place, in LA all you see are billboards for movies, everyone you meet is talking about movies, at the coffee shop someone’s writing a movie, you get in your car and on the radio they’re talking about movies...”

Eddie Redmayne about LA in an interview for Elle Magazine Nov. 2011 issue (LINK):
LA is mental, Completely f***ing nuts. If you’re an actor there for work, it’s hard not to resist being consumed by this weid, bubble-like existence.’ How so? ‘Well to give you a silly example, when I went there for the first time, five years ago, I was staying with my agent. I came down for breakfast in the morning and there was a copy of [industry paper] Variety on the table. I picked it up and dropped it immediately – it meant nothing to me. But just three weeks later, I’d wake up and be enthralled by headlines about Jennifer Aniston’s new lovers. And yet, at the same time, I didn’t even know the proper news, like the fact that the pope had died. Mental.’ Does it make you feel guilty? ‘I guess,’ he says, carefully. ’It’s a lifestyle that’s hard to reconcile in my head. I’ll be playing volleyball on the beach on a Wednesday afternoon, which just seems like the most indulgent thing ever when your dad is back home working crazy hours in a bank.’

Another article related to this topic by Michael Billington published in The Guardian today:
Spot the Oscar winners of tomorrow at the Critics' Circle theatre awards

Those wanting a glimpse into Hollywood's future should pay attention to what British theatre critics are saying today. Ejiofor, Dench, Weisz, Redmayne – the list of graduates goes on.
...Chiwetel Ejiofor is a hot contender for best actor at the Oscars; in 2000 he picked up the critics' best newcomer gong for Blue/Orange and in 2007 shared the top Shakespeare award for his Othello. Judi Dench is also among this year's Oscar nominees for best actress – a prize she collected from the Brit crits in 1997 for Amy's View. What we aisle-squatters think today, Hollywood thinks tomorow
At the risk of sounding self-congratulatory, I'd say the critics have a pretty good track record when it comes to rewarding real talent.....
...The most promising newcomer roster is also highly impressive: Sam Mendes (another Oscar winner), who shared the prize with Julia Ormond in 1989, was followed by, among others, Lia Williams (1991), Rachel Weisz (1994), Eve Best (1999) and Eddie Redmayne (2004). Not a bad list...
(full article)

Eddie won another Critics Circle Theatre Awards for Best Shakespearean performance (2011 Richard II) 
photo source: gallery ( x ) & ( x )

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Hecuba - Donmar Warehouse 09.09.2004 - 13.11.2004

....The play begins with the entrance of Eddie Redmayne as the murdered son of Hecuba, Polydorus. The shock of Redmayne's appearance is as tangible as a lightning bolt through an audience which is stunned into wide-mouthed disbelief and wonder. Suffice to say this performance truly is magical. Redmayne delivers his sorrowful tale with ethereal grace as he strokes the surface of the sea. His bitter account of betrayal and murder told with benign simplicity and other-worldly resignation. Redmayne is present for most of the drama as it unfolds.
Even in death his handsome youthfulness dominates the stage. ( x )

Euripides: Hecuba (new version by Frank McGuinness)
I am Polydorus, son of Hecuba.
Priam is my father.
I am dead.
I come from that darkness -
The abyss, the gates of godless hell.
Son of Hecuba,
Priam is my father -
He sent me from Troy,
Besieged by the Greeks;
Fearing the fall of Troy,
He secreted me
Away to Thrace,
To the home of his friend,
Polymestor, old friend
Who ploughs this fertile land,
Who rules its horsemen.
My father did with me
A hoard of gold.
Should the walls of Troy fall,
His children would not want.
I was Priam's youngest son.
The runt with no spear,
The arm without armour,
That's why he sped me
In secret from my home.

The war went our way -
The city was not shafted -
The towers did not break,
Troy, towers of Troy,
And my brother Hector,
He won the lucky day.
Then I was the pet, the pup,
Fawned on by my father's friends,
Honoured guest in Thrace,
Though my pampered heart ached.
Then Troy fell, destroyed,
And so too did Hector.
My father's hearth smashed,
Razed to the ground,
He too turn to dust,
At the altars our gods built,
Slaughtered by Achilles' son,
His dirty blood hand.
My father's friend killed me,
His friend killed myself.
He did it for the gold.
I had none to defend me.
He kicked my corpse,
Kicked it into the ocean.
He did it for the gold,
To keep it in his house.
Times I lie on the shore,
Times I roll in the sea's swell,
The water's ebb and flow,
No to mourn me,
No to bury me.

Now I leave my corps,
I fly above Hecuba,
My mother - three days,
The same days since she,
My heart-sore mother,
Came to this alien land,
From Troy - Troy.
The Greeks and their ships,
They sit idle in Thrace.
Achilles' ghost has appeared
Above his tomb.
He's halted the army's sails
as they steered the sea to home.
He desires my sister,
He asks for Polyxena,
He wants her as his sacrifice,
Her life for his honour.
He'll get what he craves -
His cronies will see to that.
My sister will die today.
That is sealed and settled.
My mother shall look down,

I couldn't find the end of Polydorus's part in Frank McGuinness version. 
The end translated by Jay Kardan & Laura-Gray Street:
...And my mother 
will see two corpses of two children: mine and Polyxena’s.
My body will wash up in the surf so she can bury me
properly. I begged this crumb of Hades, and it was granted. 
But for now I’ll get out of the way. See how Hecuba
stumbles from the doorway of Agamemnon’s tent,
upset by nightmares and visions of my ghost.
Alas! Old mother, your royal palaces are reduced to meager
corners in another ruler’s tents. How poorly you fare
—as poorly as you once fared well. To balance out
your past prosperity, some god has ruined you.

photos source (and more photos): gallery
one more photo here

British Theatre Guide review here
The Stage review here
What's On Stage review here

(full review by Kevin Quarmby)
....Frank McGuinness has translated the horrific tragedy of Hecuba with such integrity, such subtlety of language, that this two thousand four hundred year old play screams its message of terror and revenge with the same power, the same energy, as if its mythology were as fresh and new as our own personal experience.
....It is the aftermath of the Greek defeat of the Trojans. A victorious army are desperate to set sail for home, but the ghost of the fallen hero, Achill es, is seen to hold the ships in port. Their release will be granted with the sacrifice of a princess of Troy , Polyxena, the young virgin daughter of the dethroned Hecuba, Queen of Troy. Hecuba has lost her husband and eldest son. All she has left, as she huddles in the caves near the shore with the other widowed and grieving Trojan women, is the daughter she adores and the hope that her young son, Polydorus, is safe with his friend the King of Thrace.
Clare Higgins gives the performance of a lifetime as Hecuba, the anti-heroine of this surprisingly feminist classical play. There is no weakness here. No resignation that the fates are ruling her destiny. She may be treated lower than a slave, like a dog, by her captors, but Hecuba has all the survival instinct of a regal cornered animal.

Clare Higgins won her 3rd Laurence Olivier Award for this role. (Wikipedia)

Hecuba Theatre photosession by Grant Scott - 
these are cropped images, the original photos are here