The Danish Girl(2016)
- RatedR21 /GenreBiography, Drama
Eddie Redmayne says he finds the lack of progress on transgender rights in the last century 'shocking' after playing 1920s transsexual pioneer Lili Elbe in his new film 'The Danish Girl'.
"Lili specifically has to go through violence, discrimination, almost 100 years on from that story, those things haven't necessarily changed. There is a huge amount of job discrimination and discrimination generally against trans people and a huge amount of violence particularly for trans women of colour. And so it's kind of shocking that there hasn't been as much progress in that amount of time," Redmayne said.
Lili, born as Einar Wegener in 1882, was one of the first known recipients of gender reassignment surgery. The artist begin living as a woman after his first marriage and had the first of several gender reassignment operations in 1930. She died in 1931 but left her diaries which became the book 'The Danish Girl'
Redmayne explained he'd met several transgender people to prepare for the role -- but it made it no less daunting once the cameras started rolling.
"I felt scrutinized, I felt the gaze of other people and I felt nervous.. it was interesting because it was something that a lot of the women I'd met had spoken about....What I learned from this experience is that gender is fluid in the way that sexuality is fluid and we have bits of everything in us, the actor added.
Redmayne said he is taking winning the Oscar earlier this year for best actor for "The Theory of Everything" in his stride.
"I am just sort of putting one foot in front of the other and knowing that I am incredibly lucky and that it'll all come to a crushing end soon (laughs) so I am trying to just keep my head afloat really."