Eddie Redmayne Said He Had 'Complete Stage Fright' Filming 'Fantastic Beasts'


Hollywood actor and actresses -- they're just like us.

You might think your favorite actor or actress is perfect enough to never get stage fright, but that isn't necessarily true. It certainly wasn't true for English actor Eddie Redmayne.

As you probably already know, the 34-year-old actor is starring in one of the biggest films of the year, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."

The David Yates-directed film, which is part of JK Rowling's Wizarding World series and serves as a prequel to the "Harry Potter" series, wasn't a walk in the park for Redmayne, who plays the lead role of Newt Scamander.

Eddie Redmayne is now speaking out about the filming process during "Fantastic Beasts" and how he experienced total stage fright at one point despite winning an Oscar for "The Theory of Everything" in 2014.

Redmayne spoke to US Weekly, revealing,

I picked up the wand, and then I got complete stage fright! I was like, 'Wait a second, I've always thought that I'd be a natural with a wand, but I'm completely not!

Don't worry, Eddie, it just proves you're actually human like the rest of us.


The 34-year-old actor went on to talk about a few "on-set mishaps," saying,

Colin Farrell and I compared notes for wizarding injuries. You got things like wand wrist and wizarding elbow from too much ferocious use!

And you thought acting was easy?!

Throughout the rest of the interview, Eddie Redmayne discusses meeting JK Rowling for the first time. He added,

I was really excited to meet her, but also had so many questions about Newt, that I fear I leapt in and we basically talked about character for about an hour. It was only several months later when she came back to set that we met each other as human beings, I think!

Overall, it's safe to say Eddie Redmayne is just like us. He gets nervous, he sustains injuries, and he totally freaked when he met JK Rowling.

As for Newt Scamander, however, he's the complete opposite of just an ordinary guy...

JK Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them" hit US theaters on Friday, November 18, and the FOMO is real.

Citations: Eddie Redmayne: 'I Got Complete Stage Fright' Playing Newt Scamander in 'Fantastic Beasts' (US Magazine)