Matthias Schoenaerts gets his adrenaline hit from films

Hollywood star Matthias Schoenaerts has to get his adrenaline hit from making movies now he can no longer go around spraying graffiti.

As a teenager, the Belgian actor loved nothing more than taking out a can of paint and making his mark on the walls around his hometown. Now a respected figure within the film industry that’s no longer possible – so he goes thrill-seeking elsewhere.

“I love the raw energy of street art, but I’m not a pro – it’s more of a hobby,” he smiled to Germany’s Cosmopolitan magazine, adding he sticks to legal places to spray these days. “Anything else would kill my career! I now get that adrenaline kick from making movies and playing sports. When I’m playing football and can really feel my body working, I feel so alive.”

Matthias, 38, should get plenty of kicks from his latest film, The Danish Girl, starring Eddie Redmayne. It’s already creating awards buzz, with Eddie up for the best male actor award at the SAGs next year (16).

Eddie plays Lili Elbe, the first person who ever received gender reassignment surgery. The movie is about coming to terms with your true self, and Matthias cited the person who helped his self-acceptance: “My mother,” he smiled. “She was always there for me, especially at the times I needed her most. She showed me how important I was to her and gave me those important feelings of self-worth. It’s so important to love yourself. Life is a roller coaster and it’s easy to lose your balance.”

The Danish Girl is touching audiences with its emotional message and Eddie could well be up for an Oscar again in 2016. He won the 2015 best actor prize for his part as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, which required tough scenes portraying the scientist’s illness.

“I am dreaming of one day just wearing a pair of jeans and a T-shirt,” Eddie recently joked to “But, no, I love this. I just think I’m stupidly lucky to be able to play – I quite enjoy and find it easier to play characters that are slightly further from reality. Because you always have to take a leap of faith, and if you’re playing someone close to you, it can be kind of tricky to work out and it can be more complicated.”

– Cover Media