Eddie: Indie films leave me broke
Published 25/11/2011 | 09:34
Eddie Redmayne has insisted that being a film star doesn't necessarily make you rich.
The My Week With Marilyn star has appeared in Hollywood movies including The Good Shepherd starring Angelina Jolie and Matt Damon, but revealed the arthouse films he also likes to star in have made it a struggle to buy a house.
Eddie said: "I'm trying to buy a flat at the moment. People assume that because you're in film, you're a multi-millionaire, but arthouse films that I'm passionate about, you virtually pay to do.
"It's the most grounding thing in the world when you're trying to get a mortgage because you're basically self-employed. God, that's not sexy but it's the reality."
The 29-year-old Cambridge graduate - who is about to appear on stage in Richard II at the Donmar Theatre - stars alongside Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench in My Week With Marilyn.
He said: "Every day we had some extraordinary knight of the realm coming in to play scenes. I did keep pinching myself."
And Eddie admitted working on his first major film The Good Shepherd, directed by Robert De Niro, had been a shock to the system.
He said: "It was really intimidating. Having just been this little actor in London doing bits and bobs, I was being driven in a blacked-out car to a massive studio in Brooklyn where paparazzi were waiting outside.
"You have to learn to zone out nerves. None of it goes away but it becomes easier."
:: My Week With Marilyn is in cinemas now.