Jamie Dornan and Eddie Redmayne have revealed they had so little work when they lived together as roommates that they resorted to making crockery together.
During an appearance on Variety’s Actors on Actors, Jamie, 38, and Eddie, 39, reminisced about their brief time sharing an apartment in Los Angeles in 2009.
Fifty Shades of Grey hunk Jamie said: ‘We’ve known each other forever and been best friends for 15-plus years. We lived together in LA.’
Back in the day: (L-R) Jamie Dornan and Eddie Redmayne have revealed they had so little work when they were roommates that they resorted to making crockery together. Pictured in 2015
He continued: ‘We look better than we did when we met, probably, in many ways. Some pretty terrible hair going on. I remember that it was 2009, because — let’s set the scene up a little bit. We weren’t working a great deal.’
After assertions from Eddie that they weren’t working ‘at all’, Jamie admitted: ‘OK, we weren’t working at all. We’re going up for a lot of stuff in LA, a lot of the same stuff sometimes, which was depressing.
‘I think we lived together for about three months. And there was so little to do — if we didn’t have an audition. The reason I remember it was one day we went to a Pottery Barn or something, and… we made some crockery.
‘We made plates and clay pots, and I remember we wrote the names of all these actors who were our gang. Everyone has done pretty good. You’ve got an Academy Award. I mean, it’s kind of insane.’
Chat: During a chat on Variety’s Actors on Actors, Jamie, 38, and Eddie, 39, reminisced about their brief time sharing an apartment in Los Angeles in 2009. Pictured in 2019
Eddie said: ‘I’m slightly embarrassed you’re putting that out into the public arena, given I used to tell my parents that I was going to LA in January to endlessly slave away to try to get work.
‘You and Andrew Garfield and I were texting, trying to remember what those things were. And one of them was BioShock [a movie based on a video game, which never got made]. You remember BioShock?
‘We were furious with each other as we were going through it, and competing for the same role. I remember auditioning for 10,000 BC, which involved being topless, running around, like in Egypt.
‘I mean, look at me. I’m sort of pallid, white, moley. I was always two hours early or an hour late to auditions, endlessly running these lines. But it was great in the sense that you got to try everything and fail hard.’
‘Totally,’ said Jamie. ‘There was just so much failure. I just remember your rental car — the foot area of the front passenger seat was a sea of failed audition sides.
Work: Jamie and Eddie lived together in California for three months as they searched for work
‘You were just shucking them down there after coming out of one of those auditions, going, “That’s another fail.”‘
Back in 2018, Eddie, who is married to Hannah Bagshawe, relived his time with the Irish star during an appearance on Good Morning America.
The Danish Girl star said sharing a place with Northern Irish heartthrob Jamie was like ‘living with a puppy’ because of his abundant energy.
He told George Stephanopoulos: ‘Basically, it was like living with a puppy because he has more energy than any human being you’ve ever met.
‘There’s sort of a twilight zone between 5:00 and 6:00 when he just goes insane and it was like a puppy.’
Jamie, who is married to actress Amelia Warner, had previously revealed he and Eddie were ‘desperate’ when they lived together, as both of them struggled to get their feet off the ground in acting industry.
Asked what it was like living with Eddie, Jamie said: ‘Desperate. We were both very desperate, you know it was slim pickings in those days for work – the idea was you’d come out and all go to the same sort of auditions.’
And with both of them struggling to find work at the beginning of their careers, the pair used to compete over how many scripts each of them received.
Jamie shared: ‘We both had the same agent at the time and I remember on the second day, one of the couriers arrived with 25 scripts and Eddie and I were like, “Who’s it for?” It was for me.
‘Eddie didn’t take it that well. He was calling his agent saying, “Jamie just got a sent loads of scripts.” About an hour later a courier arrived with the exact same stack of scripts.’
Successful: The actors have gone on to be huge stars, with Eddie scooping an Oscar in 2016