Hollywood Hufflepuffs are few and far between. In fact, most of Hollywood can be sorted into two houses: Gryffindor and Slytherin. Slytherins are ambitious and resourceful, while Gryffindors are, well, mainly show-offs. (OK, they're incredibly brave show-offs.) The Oscars, essentially, were made for them. They love to be recognized for their achievements, especially in front of their peers. Hufflepuffs, however, are pretty chill about this whole awards season thing. They're just happy to be there.
Now, just because Hollywood Hufflepuffs are a rare sighting doesn't mean they don't exist. Take delicate wood nymph, and Oscar winner, Eddie Redmayne for example. He is a Hufflepuff through and through. Like his Fantastic Beasts character Newt Scamander, Redmayne's personable nature and dedicated work ethic make him a shoo-in for the 'Puff life.
He may not be the frontrunner for Best Actor at this Sunday's Academy Awards, but that's OK. He's totally cool with it. After all, he already won his Oscar last year, and he's fully aware that this year it's Slytherin Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar to win. He's just happy to be invited to the party, really.
"[DiCaprio is] definitely going to win and should," Redmayne said, spoken like a true Hufflepuff. "I feel excited just to be invited to the party, frankly." See? He's all about that 'Puff life. And if you need more proof of Redmayne's Hufflepuff status, here you go:
He's the hardest worker in the room.
At 34 years old, Redmayne already has two Oscar nominations -- and one win -- for Best Actor under his belt. This is especially impressive once you consider that his critically acclaimed role as Stephen Hawking in 2014's The Theory of Everything was his first leading role in feature film. And he worked for it. Not only did he study with a choreographer to get Hawking's mannerisms and mobility just right, but he also spent weeks with MND sufferers and their families at the Queen Square Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases. So when it was time for filming to commence, Redmayne came to set armed with a document that mapped the entire degeneration of Hawking's condition -- and how he should play it. A Hufflepuff always prepares.
He gets adorably flustered when showered with well-deserved praise.
Upon accepting his Academy Award for The Theory of Everything, Redmayne was so overwhelmed that he couldn't stop shaking. Obviously, it was adorable. The Oscars can be exhaustingly banal, with winners giving the same, tired speeches. But what Redmayne brought to that evening was the sheer, unfettered joy of a beautiful young star. AND HE WAS SO EXCITED.
Sometimes he pays drama students' rent.
Because if you have the ability to pay for someone's rent, why not? "I get letters from people trying to go to drama school and needing to pay their rent," he told GQ. "And so that's something I occasionally do. It's impossibly expensive to live in London." It’s no wonder this man was chosen to be a Hufflepuff. What other kind of person would send what must be thousands of dollars to total strangers simply out of the goodness of their heart?
He's the king of humility.
Sure, you may have only played "Workhouse Boy #46" in Sam Mendes’s West End production of Oliver!, but that's better than, say, "Workhouse Boy #47," Eddie. You even still remember the choreography! That's nothing to scoff at. Be a proud, 'Puff.
Redmanyne was educated at Eton College, where he graduated the same year as Prince William, and then studied art history at Trinity College in Cambridge.
He gets along with everyone.
Seriously, when was the last time you ever heard of someone getting into a fight with Eddie Redmayne? Never, that's when. He's too damn polite to pick fights.