Not all of Hollywood’s leading men have what it takes to make an impression on the red carpet. After all, there aren’t too many ways to stylishly change up the width of a tux lapel or a classic bow-tie. But while some actors are still figuring out their sense of style, Oscar-winning favorite Eddie Redmayne never fails to impress us with his effortlessness.
His red carpet secret weapon? Watches, which he regularly turns to for a boost in confidence. “For me, personally, I don’t like watches to be overstated or ostentatious or crying out too much, but you want to feel a weight to them and a history to them. For me, in a subtle way, it makes you feel stronger having a decent watch on,” Redmayne, an Omega International Ambassador, told reporters Tuesday in L.A., where the star was on hand to celebrate the brand’s new Globemaster Master Chronometer.
Don’t think having the security of his go-to accessory completely calms his nerves, though. “The time that I really think about what I’m wearing is when you’re going to be scrutinized the most. For us actors, whenever you go on a red carpet—you have to do quite a few of them—but for me, they never get easier,” he admitted. “It’s just a very odd thing to have to stand in front of banks of people screaming at you and telling you to look in their direction and quite often shouting abuse. So for me, a good tailored suit and a strong watch gives you a sense that you have an armor or a uniform.”
Feeling like a million bucks isn’t Redmayne’s only concern. “I have a very wonderful stylist in the form of my wife [Hannah Bagshawe]. I’m color blind, so occasionally I’ll go for things that are slightly outlandish and she’ll temper me back into the world of taste,” he revealed. Also, it doesn't hurt to have brands like Burberry and Alexander McQueen have your back. “What’s wonderful if you’re an actor, and you get to go to these events, is that there are very brilliant people who work at these fashion houses who have astounding taste and they tend to guide you in the right direction," Redmayne said. "I don’t think I can take much credit for that."