"Fantastic Beasts" star Eddie Redmayne says the reason he loves "Harry Potter" is because it's like "escapism with a message."
“I think basically everyone in the world is an outsider,” he explained. “Everyone has their neuroses and their feeling of not fitting in. And so something in these films connects to that.”
When asked if fatherhood has changed the way he looks at his job, Redmayne said it makes him consider traveling more carefully and which jobs might temporarily uproot him and his family. He also has mixed feelings about his child prospectively wanting to get into acting.
“I really love what I do, but the odd thing about acting is it’s really f*cking tough when you’re starting out and when you’re trying to get work and if you’re lucky enough to get work, it’s a weirdly inconsistent, complex life being a nomad,” he said.
Redmayne is also an unabashed fan of J.K. Rowling’s work, which undoubtedly informs his performance in “Fantastic Beasts.”
“When I watch the Potter films — I always just like to go see them every couple of years to be, kind of, given a hug by the magical J.K. Rowling world, and they’re as much fun to make as they are to, kind of, see,” he said.