Academy award winning Eddie Redmayne has said that he sometimes gives money to struggling drama students so that they can pay their rent.
“I get letters from people trying to go to drama school and needing to pay their rent”, Redmayne said in an interview with GQ. “And so that’s something I occasionally do. It’s impossibly expensive to live in London”, he added.
Acting is a notoriously hard industry to crack, with Redmayne’s career being an enviable one. Roles in films such as The Theory of Everything and Les Misérables have won him accolades and fame.
Redmayne studied history of art at the University of Cambridge, but worked as a waiter whilst looking for professional acting work. He did not have to wait long: he made his professional stage debut as Viola in Twelfth Night in 2002.
The actor added that having parents who lived in London was “the greatest privilege”, recognising how tough it can be to break into industries based in the capital.
What a guy.