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INTERVIEW


EDDIE REDMAYNE INTERVIEW


UNTIL RECENTLY HE WAS A RISING STAR. NOW EDDIE REDMAYNE’S A GLOBAL SUPERSTAR AND A BIT OF A HEART-THROB. THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING ACTOR TALKS TO ASPIRE ABOUT HIS LOVE OF ITALY, TIPPING AND NEW FLICK FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM


In Hollywood terms his star may be rising faster than any other, but back on terra firma, ask one of our most prolific recent British exports his favourite dining spot and Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne will reply, quite matter of fact, “Pizza Express”! It’s not quite the answer we would expect from someone with the resources to dine at any time in any place, but the 34-year-old is fixed in his idea. “Their pizzas are just incredible; I’m not sure I’ve ever tasted better”. You may expect a traditional thin crust from Italy to have come close, so it’s at least reassuring that the star of JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them notes Positano, on the Amalfi Coast, as his favourite travel destination. A tiny jewel of a village, Positano has long been the muse of travelling artistes. In 1953, American author John Steinbeck wrote: “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” Redmayne too cannot help getting


rather carried away when he speaks of the picturesque destination.


WHAT IS IT ABOUT POSITANO THAT YOU LOVE MOST?


It’s the most romantic place in which I have ever stayed. What Positano does so well is give the impression you are the only people there. Most of the beaches are privately attached to hotels, and each road that clings on to the mountain is seductively quiet, winding and peaceful. Of course, there are people on higher and lower roads, but you scarcely know they are there. The harbour is tranquil and the views stretch out to Capri, along to Sorrento and around to Naples. It’s just a stunning, serene and wonderful place.


If I’m not having a break doing everything I can to relax, then skiing will always be next on the list


WHILE IN POSITANO, YOU STAYED AT LE SIRENUSE. WHAT DREW YOU TO THAT HOTEL?


It’s a hotel that has a great reputation. Sometimes as a traveller you want to go with recommendations; other times you want to discover places for yourself. This time I was more than happy to be guided. And Positano lets its hotels stay simple and uncomplicated because the scenery does the work. I love that.


aspire december 2016 — 23


PICTURE: ABACA USA/PA IMAGES


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