Ever since Caitlyn Jenner confirmed that she was transitioning from male to female earlier this year, the star has been plagued with criticism for not knowing ‘the real plight’ of the LGBT+ community due to her fame and wealth.
Which, y’know, isn’t exactly her fault, is it?
Anyways, like the handsome, high-cheekboned hero that he is, Eddie Redmayne has come swooping to the 65-year-old’s defence as he insists that actually, Caitlyn has done a ruddy good job of raising awareness for everybody - regardless of their social status.
Speaking about the star’s docuseries, ‘I Am Cait’, Eddie explained to E! News: “I have been following Caitlyn’s journey as the rest of the world has.
“Her story is such a unique story and her position is so unique, but what I found wonderful about ‘I Am Cait’ is that she’s used it as a platform to really shed light on some of the more important issues within the community…and also educating people on the fact that her story is…a very unique one.
“If you don’t have the wealth that she has, it could be even more complicated [with] access to health care and discrimination and all of those things, so I think [Jenner has] used her status incredibly well. It’s really inspiring for me.”
This isn’t the first time that Eddie has spoken out to praise Caitlyn in relation to his new film, The Danish Girl, which shows the Oscar-winning actor play Lily Elbe, one of the first known recipients of sexual reassignment surgery.
He previously gushed about the former Olympian: “I absolutely salute her courage. Hers is a very specific story, and it’s one that shouldn’t stand for everybody’s.
“But it is amazing what she’s gone through and how she’s done it. It’s a civil rights movement.”
The 33-year-old also acknowledged the backlash faced when a cis actor was cast to play transgender Lili, with the babe of a man understanding why certain people were upset by the decision and actively encouraging Hollywood to open their doors to transgender actors.
He shared: “I think it’s a really very valid discussion.
“There have been years of cisgender success on the back of trans stories and certainly within Hollywood there needs to be more opportunity.”
Gah, just when we think that we couldn’t possibly love Eddie any more, he goes ahead and proves once again what an all-round fantastic person he is.
And we can’t bloomin’ wait to see his no-doubt show-stopping performance in The Danish Girl when it fi-na-lly hits our screens.