Eddie Redmayne Says Living Trans in Danish Girl Was A Mistake

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In 2015, English actor Eddie Redmayne starred in The Danish Girl, a role that earned him an Academy Award nomination. At the time, he was praised for his acting. Today, he says he regrets having agreed to play a trans woman.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, Redmayne — a cisgender man — claims the role was a mistake. “I wouldn’t take it today. I made this movie with the best of intentions, but I think it was a mistake. we will continue to have these debates,” he explained.

In addition, the actor has also been taking a stand regarding the transphobic comments of JK Rowling, producer of Fantastic Beasts, a Harry Potter spin-off in which Redmayne plays the protagonist.

“I disagree with the comments of Jo [JK Rowling]. Trans women are women, trans men are men, and non-binary identities are valid. I would not like to speak on behalf of the community, but I know that my dear transgender friends and colleagues are tired of this constant questioning of their identities, which often results in violence and abuse. They just want to live their lives in peace, and it’s time to let them do that,” he said in a statement last year.

The Danish girl

The film is directed by Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) and tells the story of Lili Elbe, one of the first trans women to undergo gender reassignment surgery. Actress Alicia Vikander, who stars opposite Eddie Redmayne, took home the Best Supporting Actress statuette.