THERE were bigger movie stars milling around the Sunset Tower here last weekend, but this night was all about Eddie.
He was tucked in a dimly lighted corner of the hotel’s plush restaurant, but hiding is impossible in Hollywood when you’ve got heat. And so Eddie Redmayne, who plays Marius in the film adaptation of “Les Misérables” and has modeled for Burberry, was politely interrupted by one power player after another.
The “Guilt Trip” producer John Goldwyn (grandson of the G in MGM) dropped by the table, for instance, to tease Mr. Redmayne about being a boldface name on a party invitation he had just received. “I circled it,” Mr. Goldwyn said, “and in fact I think I may have drawn a heart next to it.”
Ah, yes. Moviedom has a new crush.
Yes, Eddie Redmayne is swiftly becoming one of the most notable new actors to emerge in recent years. A cursory glance at Eddie makes it hard to imagine that he could be anything but a star, but reflecting on the inventory of Mr. Redmayne’s past accomplishments, supported by that beautiful mug of ginger freckles, remains a testament to why we see him as the crux of great design.
Eton College, the famed British preparatory school as well as Eddie’s alma mater, has produced 19 British Prime Ministers and a slew of notables, ranging from greats such as Hugh Laurie to Bear Grylls. 700 year old Eton has been noted as “the chief nurse of England’s statesmen”, which helps to give origins to one of Eddie’s distinguishing attributes as an Actor, his sophistication.
The equivalent of an Ivy League high school education coupled with boyish good looks, inimitable talent, and a slew of freckles that could make any number of demographics sigh seem to have produced a veritable icon in the making out of this London local.
Eddie first found his home in the limelight in 2002 with his first professional stage debut for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London in a production of The Twelfth Night. During the 10 years that followed, Redmayne went on to play a multitude of roles on stage and on film. Eddie also won a number of awards, which eventually propelled him to take the co-starring role in the major motion picture My Week With Marilyn.
Like so many great designs in life, Eddie’s breakout role in My Week With Marilyn had him playing another real-life Old Etonian, British filmmaker Colin Clark. Redmayne’s wide-eyed innocence contrasted beautifully with Monroe’s hyper sexuality and the film received acclaimed reviews.
Redmayne is now a seasoned actor in an industry where youth is currency. His lean frame and good looks earn him character roles much younger than his 30 years, including that of Marius Pontmercy in the musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables alongside greats like Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. (Les Miserables is set to release in the U.S. December 14, 2012)