Oscar Isaac Named His Son After His Late Mother

A new interview with Oscar was published earlier today on NY Times. On the interview, he talked about caring for his mother in her final days. He said she would read from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet while his mother was in the hospital. She passed away this past February.

He also talked about his baby boy for the first time, and revealed he named him Eugene after his mother, Eugenia.

That’s in part because the play isn’t only for his mother. When he acts, he’s also thinking of his 2-month-old son, Eugene, named after her. The baby has Eugenia’s lips, he said, and her hands.

He brought Eugene to the first run-through (“I think some of the more philosophical and theological aspects of the play were above his head,” Mr. Gold joked), and it’s Eugene he thinks of when reciting the “to be” part of the “to be or not to be” soliloquy.

As Mr. Isaac explains, the speech is about dying — that’s the “not to be” part — but it’s also about choosing to go on living. And Mr. Isaac has better reasons to go on than Hamlet does.

“You have a child,” he said, “and you must — you must for their sake — you must say yes to life.”

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