Still coming to terms with the surrealistic emotions of his first Oscar victory, Eddie Redmayne felt that his back-to-back castings in the tragic love stories of two influential, historical figures are enough to satisfy him for the remainder of his acting career.
“I’ve had more than my fair share, I think. I’ve [reached] my quota,” the British actor admitted to Variety at the Los Angeles premiere of “The Danish Girl” Saturday at the Regency Westwood Village Theatre.
To prepare for the role of leading gender reassignment surgery recipient Lili Elbe, Redmayne became profoundly educated on the topic. He invested months into pre-production, becoming acquainted with the various written works of transgender authors as well as orchestrating sit-downs with a handful of transgender women, according to Variety‘s Ramin Setoodeh.
The biopic follows the remarkable love story of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe and portrait artist Gerda Wegener as they navigate through the challenges leading up to Lili’s groundbreaking gender reassignment surgery.
Redmayne was joined at the premiere by on-screen wife Alicia Vikander, who also cited her role in the film as an immensely educational experience.
“I met some extremely generous people who shared their stories and their experiences,” said Vikander. The people she sourced maintained an open line of communication with Vikander, which allowed her to better comprehend her role as Gerda.
She also praised the compassion of Lili and Gerda’s complex relationship and her hopes of audiences relating to the chemistry shared between the two characters.
Also in attendance were pic’s Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, Rebecca Root, director Tom Hooper, novelist David Ebershoff, writer Lucinda Coxon, guests Paula Patton, Chaz Bono and Camilla Belle, Working Title’s Liza Chasin, Focus Features’ Peter Schlessel, and U’s Donna Langley and Jimmy Horowitz. The screening was followed by a reception at Westwood’s Skylight Gardens, where guests were treated to a buffet, live band and assorted wines and cocktails. The venue was adorned with the portrait paintings of Lili and Gerda that appeared in the film, which served as fitting decor pieces for the reception’s art aficionados as well as the attendees who were posing for photos.
Focus Features bows “The Danish Girl” Nov. 27.