In the last year, Eddie Redmayne has established himself as one of the leading men in Hollywood, with roles in celebrated films like The Theory of Everything and The Danish Girl. But in a new interview with British GQ, the actor drops a tidbit of information that makes us love him for way more than his amazing acting abilities. As it turns out, Eddie has not forgotten his pre-fame days, and is now helping students in London make ends meet.

In the interview, Redmayne shares that while he was looking for work as a young recent graduate, he had the advantage of living at home with his parents in London. By virtue of living rent-free with family, he was able to work low-paying jobs without having to worry about making rent. That’s a pretty big leg-up, especially in a city where the average rent on a one-bedroom is over £1,200.

So how does Redmayne repay that favor? With a little housing assistance for those just getting their careers started.

“I get letters from people trying to go to drama school and needing to pay their rent,” Redmayne says. “And so that’s something I occasionally do. It’s impossibly expensive to live in London.”

For a young actor struggling to get noticed in one of the acting capitals of the world, a little help from anyone can go a long way. But for a huge star like Eddie Redmayne to recognize how fortunate he was to not have that housing worry and decide to do something to help those who do? Well, that’s generosity at it’s finest.

The latest issue of British GQ is available in the UK today.

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