Eddie Redmayne has been on a working tear the last two years: winning an Oscar for The Theory of Everything, picking up a nomination for The Danish Girl, and starting a new franchise in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. After that stretch, he took an extended break. It just so happened his timing was perfect.

Jess Cagle asked Redmayne during The Jess Cagle Interview if becoming a father changed how he worked. “You know, what the real answer is? It’s I haven’t worked since Iris was born, so I couldn’t tell you,” Redmayne tells Cagle, noting this is the first time in a while he’s been away from his young daughter. The stretch before her birth was filled with nonstop work for Redmayne.

“It got to the point that each weekend we’d be flying away from London to go and promote these films and both [wife] Hannah [Bagshawe] and I were sort of a bit broken by it all at the end,” he says. “Not broken, I mean loving it but tired and so actually we had this, for the first time after Fantastic Beasts I said let’s or let me take a bit of time off, and it’s been amazing.

He continues: “I love time off. It’s amazing and so it’s been great because I’ve got to spend the first four-and-a-half, five months with Iris, and I know that that is a very privileged thing because I speak to many mates of mine who have kids and they’re back into work, days or three later.”

Cagle mentions that given Fantastic Beasts‘ plan of five total movies, Iris will grow up on a fantastical set. While Redmayne hasn’t yet considered that prospect for his daughter, he witnessed this effect when some kids visited the set.

“One of the things I loved in this film was — I don’t know if you saw it, the wand polisher? There’s this moment when they’re in MACUSA, this magical congress, and instead of 1920s shoe polishers, there’s a sort of feather boa, self-thinking machine with an elf working it and I remember the kids just staring at it,” he said. “There were so many wonderful things that they build that aren’t CGI. It is kind of magic when you spend time there. So I hope she’ll enjoy it.”

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film)
  • Movie
  • 132 minutes