In Eddie Redmayne's new film, "The Danish Girl," the Academy Award-winning actor took on the role of artist Lili Elbe, who was born a male but transitioned to female in the 1920s. The actor recently opened up about making the film and portraying Elbe, who was one of the first recipients of a sex reassignment surgery.
"It was an extraordinary experience and it's continuing to be," Redmayne told Entertainment Weekly. "You sort of learn something every day, really. It's a very delicate and intricate piece. I had an extraordinary time making it."
The actor also discussed the cultural prominence of transgender's since he shot the film, which was directed by his "Les Miserables" filmmaker, Tom Hooper.
"It is interesting, that I was sent the script by Tom when I was doing Les Misérables, and the project had been long-gestating. There has been this amazing sort of surge in the past year of visibility and discussion. It was an amazing thing to be working on while in the context of that," Redmayne said.
The actor revealed in a recent interview with Out Magazine the responsibility and burden he felt playing Elbe. "I felt like, I'm being given this extraordinary experience of being able to play this woman, but with that comes this responsibility of not only educating myself but hopefully using that to educate [an audience]," he shared. "Gosh, it's delicate. And complicated."
"The Danish Girl," based off David Ebershoff's 2001 book by the same name, hits theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Nov. 27 and will expand to additional cities in December, according to the New York Daily News. Check out the trailer below!