What a difference three years make! In a new interview with The Toronto Star, "The Theory of Everything" star Eddie Redmayne has confessed that his Toronto International Film Festival experience in 2011 was worlds apart from his experience at the fest this year.
Back in 2011, Redmayne's indie film "Hick," about a Nebraska teen who hitches a ride with Redmayne's character to Las Vegas, quietly premiered at TIFF. This year, however, Redmayne's new film "Theory of Everything" also premiered at the festival, sparking Oscar buzz for the the 32-year-old Londoner, who plays renowned physicist Stephen Hawking.
“Last time I came was with a film that didn’t have distribution, a tiny little indie film, whereas this already came with distribution," Redmayne told the Star. "It was entirely a different beast when I was playing a meth-addict pedophile. And this one I was playing Sir Stephen Hawking. Definitely a difference.”
That's not the only difference. The British actor's red carpet style has also progressed (he recently revealed that he is color blind). In 2011, Redmayne stood awkwardly in front of the cameras in a fairly muted plaid suit, while in 2014 he posed confidently in a flashy teal double-breasted Burberry Prorsum Spring 2014 number.
Since debuting at TIFF in 2011, the actor was featured in Vanity Fair's September 2012 issue as part of its International Best Dressed List. That same year, his career also got a major nudge in Hollywood when he appeared in "Les Miserables" as revolutionary student Marius Pontmercy, winning various cast awards.
Also in 2012, Redmayne's personal life kicked it up a notch. Reports emerged in January 2013 that he had been dating fellow London native Hannah Bagshaw (who reportedly started out as his publicist) since early in the previous year. The duo announced their engagement in The Times (Cumberbatch style -- or maybe we should say Cumberbatch did it Redmayne style?) on May 31 and are planning to wed next month.
Redmayne will next appear opposite Channing Tatum in the Wachowskis' sci-fi fantasy "Jupiter Ascending," which is slated for release in February.