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Eddie Redmayne Finds the Perfect Way to Describe New Parent Sleep Deprivation

Eddie, you totally nailed what it feels like to never, ever, ever sleep.

Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne knows jet lag. He's traveled around the world for years promoting mega-hit movies like The Theory of Everything, The Danish Girl, and most recently, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. But it seems navigating changing time zones and hectic scheduling is nothing compared to being a new parent.

During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Redmayne confessed life with a newborn means a major lack of sleep. He told DeGeneres about being a dad to Iris, his 4-month-old daughter with wife Hannah: "And then suddenly you're the guy who's floating in a constant jet-lag with an I.V. of caffeine. And so I've become that person."

Every parent who has stumbled through daily life with a newborn at home knows that feeling, and this one too: Redmayne also confessed that Iris's smile makes everything worth it! Babies do have a way of making up for their annoying habit of keeping us up at all hours of the night, don't they?

The star also shared a funny anecdote about traveling to the Olympics in Brazil when Iris was just 8 weeks old, saying he worried if she cried mid-flight, and kept fellow travelers from the British team from getting adequate rest, the infant might be to blame for his countrymen's poor performance at the games. Luckily, "she was amazing."

Here's hoping you can catch up on sleep soon, Eddie! In the meantime, good thing there's a Starbucks on every corner.

Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of coffee.