“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” star Oscar Isaac reveals he named his son after his late mother.
The actor spent most of the fall and winter at a hospital in Florida caring for his dying mother before she passed away in February. In April, he and girlfriend Elvira Lind welcomed a baby boy they named Eugene in tribute to his mother, Eugenia.
In an in-depth interview with The New York Times, Isaac says his first-born has his mother’s “lips” and “her hands.” Eugene isn’t the only way Isaac is paying tribute to his mother. In June, he began a run as Hamlet at New York City’s Public Theater.
“It’s for my mom that I’m doing it,” he says. “It’s to honour her life, but also her death, which was so awful.”
While in the hospital, Isaac, 38, recited Hamlet to his mother as her health declined.
“I didn’t know how to process any of this, but this I knew how to do,” he says, explaining how he dealt with grief. “I know it happens to everybody, but it’d never happened to me. I know people’s mothers have died, but this was mine.”
His mother isn’t the only person Isaac is playing Hamlet for. He says he thinks about his son as he performs Hamlet’s soliloquy each night, revealing he even brought Eugene along for the very first run-through of the play. While the Danish prince’s speech is about dying, Isaac says his son is the reason he goes on living each day.
“You have a child and you must — you must for their sake — you must say yes to life,” he concludes.