Eddie Redmayne for Esquire UK

Posted on December 18, 2012

He’s definitely built for fashion editorials, and has the quirky good looks that take interesting pictures, but good lord, can this boy not model. These pics aren’t bad, exactly; in fact, they’re probably some of his best attempts at Blue Steel. But even so, the dorkiness can’t hep but rear its dorky head.

Okay, that last turn of phrase was questionable, so let’s get to the pics.

Eddie Redmayne is featured in the January 2013 issue of Esquire UK magazine photographed by Tom Craig and styled by Catherine Hayward.

All he needs is good lighting, fabulous clothes, and a photographer willing to say, “Don’t do that, Eddie. Don’t do that, either.”


[Photo Credit: Tom Craig for Esquire UK]

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  • dorothea_brooke


    I don’t get it. I guess acting and modeling are really different skill sets.  But one would think there would be more overlap.  He is a quite a good actor.  He was downright smoldering in “Birdsong.”

    • Nicole Chubb

      People who aren’t professional models need good direction. I think fashion photographers are spoiled by people who are used to posing. Unless you get your picture taken regularly, it’s really hard to figure out what you’re doing in front of the camera and vary your poses. (I do family portraiture, and it takes a lot of direction for some of my clients to not have just a frozen smile!)

    • JosephLamour

       The depressing thing is… is he IS a model. Or at least, Burberry thinks so enough to make him a face.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dar.orr Darlene Orr

         I loved him in the Burberry ads.

  • TheLaurenJean

    See, I wouldn’t say “dorky” so much as “douchey.” 

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    I love dorks of this particular gangly stripe, so I hope he never finds the photog who can turn him into a Calvin Klein model. Love the styling and the vintage recording studio set. The composition of the shots is disappointingly obvious for having a model who can create some interesting shapes with his body.  

    • AtticWife

      YES. I say this in a not-particularly-sexual way (although my feelings for him run in a quite FWOAR-ward direction), but his body is fantastic, all angles and sinews and lines, and it is such a waste to cover all that up and shoot him mostly in closeup. 

      He just looks empty in fashion shoots. Not blank in that CK-model way, just poured-out empty, in stark contrast to his tremulous-with-emotion acting.

  • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

    Sad.  He’s so adorbs on screen.  I suppose it’s hard to act like a model.

  • http://twitter.com/Lily1129 Lily

    I don’t understand how someone who used to model PROFESSIONALLY can take pictures this bad. Darling boy, though.

    • Mismarker

      He used to model?! That information makes this editorial all the more unacceptable.  

      • http://twitter.com/Lily1129 Lily

        yup. For Burberry in particular.

  • Carly Warnock

    Oh dear. Still love his face though but these photos aren’t flattering. Sigh.

  • StellaZafella

     Dorky is as dorky does.
    I want to like him, but he reminds me, too much, of a mean kid I knew in school who cried to the teacher when I fought back.

    I think I like the texture/pattern in the fabric of the coat in shot #7…if it’s an overcoat and not a dress coat.

  • snarkykitten

    who is this person…?

  • ankali

    I can’t with that hair. Brush it back or brush it forward, but TAKE A STAND, MAN.


    • http://wipgirl.wordpress.com/ kristel

      I didn’t notice one way or the other with his hair, but your comment made me laugh a little, so I had to Like it anyway 😀 

    • Pants_are_a_must

      The front is so bad, I’m actually suspecting those are tiny comb-overs a stupid hairstylist thought would work.

    • Spicytomato1

      Yes, all I could think of was that hairdo has got to go. Shame because everything else looks really good.

  • Mismarker

    Whoever styled his hair is a dumb dumb.

    • Pennymac

       That “side of the face comb the hair to the front” irritates me to no end. I loved him in Birdsong, but this is just douchey. The jacket in pic #3 is fab, though.

  • Kayla Moreland

    I just wanna give him some chapstick.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    I want to see him and Jessica Chastain do a alien cheekbones face off shoot.

    • charlotte

       They do look like siblings.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3OBBIZ6M6TBHXYURMKXYMTC7RE Rita

    The featured photo struck me that he resembled the handsome Christopher Connelly from the old Peyton Place TV series, but then his hair is just too weird to make the comparison.

  • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

    I hate his hair so much. I just hate it. I am completely distracted by it. I am sure he is a perfectly cute boy but all I see is that hair brushed forward and I’m thinking, ‘well, good evening to you Emperor Bonaparte.’

  • nannypoo

    That thing he’s doing to his hair in the third picture is exactly what I would like to do to it.

  • Sally3000

    I also find the hair extremely distracting. Why oh why do they keep styling his hair this way? Are they trying to cover up baldness or a scar or a Romney/Ryan forehead tattoo or what??

  • crash1212

    And a hair person who will for-the-love-of-god STOP brushing his wispy side hair forward. GAH!!!

  • sk8tfan

    I think he’s a yawn, and his lips always look like they need chapstick. When I read about the casting for Lez Mis, I thought he was the weak link as Marius.

    • AtticWife

      His voice is beauuuuuuuuuuuutiful, though, IMO.

  • Rroxy

    He’s hideous. I can’t believe two women were fighting over him, even in a movie. Ugh!

    • http://www.facebook.com/dar.orr Darlene Orr

       Settle down.  I think he is hot.

      • Lingus

         Agreed. And something about his inability to take pictures is endearing.

  • Drew Macaulay

    Like him in profile, less so face-on: his facial expression is a little dead or frozen looking. Black and white shot is interesting though.  Also, bi-polar hair needs lithium.  

  • MilaXX

    That hair ruins it for me every time.

  • LittleKarnak

    No appeal for me whatsoever.

  • Imasewsure

    Can’t unsee Owen Wilson in Zoolander in these pictures (but Owen at least could do the funny model face). These are bad bad bad but I do like the sets

  • Jennifer Coleman

    There’s some major dorkage going on. The hair needs to be a smidge less Napoleonic.

  • LauraWL

    This is how I feel about the new Doctor, Matt Smith. Far two odd/nerdy looking to be attractive. 

  • Trisha26

    “Quirky good looks.” Is that the same phrase people apply to SJP? Sorry, but I don’t see it. I do love him on the screen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1129137319 Paula Pertile

    Second from the bottom – he looks like Mia Farrow.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QK3MTAHUVJCMI7DANY6WFCAIUM n a

    do you think he will always look 14? 

  • leave_Blake_alone

    oof. These are bad pics. He does not look good in ANY of these.

  • zbkat

    A poor man’s Willem DeFoe. But even more reptilian – scaly and dry – and ready to shed his skin.

  • cleverlady

    Let’s blame Tom B and Catherine H for these awkward looking photos.  It appears they were going for something that was not in his wheelhouse… which is fairly large, given his range on film and in Burberry ads.  Too bad… he’s built to do justice to those clothes.

  • bertkeeter

    Ran smack dap into him this afternoon in Barneys mens shoe dept in Beverly Hills…was struck by how gaunt he looked. He’s very tall…6’1″ at least and VERY slim. His face is quite ashen . Regardless, he’s extremly handsome in his own unique way. We don’t need anymore of the body /face perfection on the screen! He’ll do!

  • http://twitter.com/Mariebeth21 Marie Elizabeth

    He has an interesting face, by that I mean sometime I think he’s cute and other time, meh. 

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    mmm all those guitar amps.  my stubby fingers.  ewan mcgregor’s shoes and general existence.  chocolate ice cream for dinner.

    • formerlyAnon

       raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens?

  • http://www.facebook.com/renate.yerkes Renate Yerkes

    after he was in that jane austen film, did he forget to update his coiffure? Yes. yes he did.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    I am forming an irrational hatred of his mouth. He better be damned impressive in Les Mis.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=732849221 Denise Dragert Stanfa

    he is HIDEOUS.  good lighting and clothes can’t fix that.

    • nannypoo

       I sure hope his mom doesn’t read our comments. He’s certainly guilty of bad hair choices and limited modeling skills, but I’m pretty sure people who care about him would disagree that he’s inherently defective.

  • quiltrx

    The jacket in the third picture is KILLER.

    And I’ll stand up for his quirky hair… I like it generally in theory, anyway.  And I really like how it looks in the next-to-last shot, even if I’m the only one!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/J2VE4NE2FY2BP4QD2XOYKJGLPI Laura

    ONE maybe TWO of those is passable. One of the worst manitorials I’ve seen

  • Carla_Charlton

    AGAIN he has those silly swept forward wispies.

  • AuntieAnonny

    I feel like his mother, but c’mon Eddie, you look so much nicer when you smile.

  • Kenisha Hill Phillips

    He looks like a deer caught in headlights.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1180174329 Elizabeth Phillips

    “All he needs is good lighting, fabulous clothes, and a photographer willing to say, “Don’t do that, Eddie. Don’t do that, either.”  Like! 

  • Le_Sigh

    Yanno – he’s a good looking boy, he really is, but the way he looks in magazine spreads downright terrifies me. 

  • Beardslee

    I think he is very easy on the eye so will take him any way I can get him.  Am also uneasily aware that, if I started earlier, I could be his mother.

    • formerlyAnon

       You & me both, on all counts.

    • Linderella

      Indeed.  While I’d like to think “Daddy,” the sad fact is, I could be his Dad.  Oddly sexy in my book, though.

  • Monday1900

    The second photo from the bottom actually made me giggle out loud.  Completely agree with TLo’s assessment.

  • sweetlilvoice

    I’m getting a Prince Charles vibe from him….I can almost picture him cast as the Prince in a movie.

  • Zippypie

    I don’t get the appeal of this guy.  He’s a decent actor but he’s just odd looking. To each his own!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cindyloohoo19 Cindy Bartlett Zigler

    I think the problem lies with the editorial team in charge of the shoot.  No one had the guts to speak up and say ‘do this, don’t do that’.  The clothes look great, but his face looks so empty, like he has the IQ of a tea cup…….shame really, ’cause this could’ve been amazing…**sigh** 

  • librarygrrl64

    Yep. He still does nothing for me.

  • MRC210

    I sort of go for his looks but I wish he would keep his mouth closed.  I wish they would all keep their mouths closed.  A mouth hanging open doesn’t say “sexy” to me, it says “mouth-breather”. 

  • Lauren Cooper

    That third photo had me busting up laughing.

  • baritenor

    He is like the male version of Jessica Chastain. Maybe with some practice he’ll get better?

  • http://twitter.com/peacebang Victoria Weinstein

    I scrolled through really super fast because I was blushing so hard for him I thought I’d faint. Eddie, I bite my lip with embarrassment for you.

  • kat89

    I’m seriously over that haircut.

  • guest2visits

    He’s always interesting to look at; some pics just work better than others I guess.
    I really liked the clothes, the background theme in this.

  • http://twitter.com/annaria Ria V

    What are those man fringes at the side of his forehead? I hate those. 

  • kathryn_dc

    Does his hair not go the other way?

  • http://www.facebook.com/sara.m.hottman Sara Hottman

    His off-camera gaze is more like an intense stare at an approaching spider. 

    • readdiefreddie

      I just went back through the photos with that in mind and couldn’t stop laughing. It’s so accurate!

  • butter nut

    omg that hair makes me want to smack him in his big douchey face.  i do not get the appeal.  no more of him please.