Eddie Redmayne Opens Up About Being a Dad: “It’s Worth Every Minute”
This past year, Eddie Redmayne celebrated an Oscar win, got nominated for another, welcomed his first child, and signed on to a six-film J.K. Rowling franchise? Hold up, let’s backtrack.
Redmayne burst onto the scene in 2015, taking home the Academy Award for Best Actor in The Theory of Everything. After transforming into Stephen Hawking—a challenging role, no doubt—he took on another life-changing turn as a transgender woman in The Danish Girl, garnering another Oscar nom.
Then, he had a baby, and it changed everything. Redmayne welcomed his first child with wife Hannah Bagshawe in June, a baby girl named Iris. “It’s been a most frenzied year or two, but so much fun,” he told Ellen DeGeneres on Wednesday’s show.
“Before you’re a parent, you sort of hear people talking about [not getting any sleep] and suddenly you’re the guy who’s like floating in a sort of constant jet lag with a constant IV of caffeine. So yes, I’ve become that person. It’s worth every minute,” he said. “It’s that amazing thing when it’s three o’clock in the morning and you go in and you’re sort of gently furious and then you get a little smile and your heart breaks a bit, and it’s totally worth it.”
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While he’s certainly been busy, this new dad hasn’t shied away from hands-on parenting. In fact, he even brought then 8-week old Iris to the Olympics in Brazil. “I’ve always had an utter fear of flying with children and this was the first time she was flying, and of course we were on a flight with basically most of the British Olympics team,” he said.
“And there was this fear that what if she cries a lot and then they don’t sleep and then they blame all of their lack of success on Iris. But she was amazing. She was so calm.”
Sounds like this new dad has a good one on his hands, which is important as his work life is about to get even crazier. The Fantastic Beasts star recently discovered that J.K. Rowling plans to create not one, but five, more sequels for the upcoming film.
“So we had this fan event for Fantastic Beasts and we were all there and then at the end, J.K. Rowling arrived, which was again a complete shock for us. Whenever she comes, we turn into excited children,” he joked.
Not only did Rowling show up, but she made the surprise announcement that five more films were on the way. “She goes sort of much further beyond Newt and his case, but we didn’t realize it was going to be five films. So there was a very shocked moment when all of the cast, the four of us, were sort of aghast but very excited.”
In fact, Entertainment Weekly just confirmed that Johnny Depp has signed on to play a role in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel, as well as make a cameo in the first movie, coming out Nov. 18.
We can’t wait to see what else Rowling has in store. Watch the full interview above.