Daniel Radcliffe chatted with Time Out New York weeks ago as part of his promotion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and discussed the final movie, his personal life and getting around NYC, and his stage work in How to Succeed. A new photo shoot with Dan can be seen in the gallery.
You’ve lived in New York before, when you were doing Equus on Broadway. What was your first impression of the city?
[Actually] my first exposure to New York was coming here to do press for Potter from a young age. When I came over to do Equus, my experience was less of New York as a whole and more [about] Broadway. It was extraordinary and still is. I like to be around people who want to work hard, and that’s what you find yourself surrounded by [on Broadway]. My favorite thing to do is just to walk around the West Village, and everyone seems to be very cool there.
You probably don’t get mobbed on the street when you walk around here.
It’s very rare that I get stopped or get asked for an autograph or anything—none of which I mind—but people don’t really care that much. I just sort of walk by, and they say, “Oh, hi,” [Waves] and then walk on. It’s pretty cool, to be honest. You should be proud of that, as a city, that you’re very chilled out with celebrities. I do miss London, but if I have to spend a year somewhere else, New York is not a bad place to have to spend it.
Is that different from fan reaction in London?
It’s definitely different for me in London. People, if they spot you in London, sort of tend to shout. Or say, [Pointing] “Hey, look!” or something like that.
That number and especially “Grand Old Ivy,” with John Larroquette, look like a real workout.
Well, to be fair, John is not doing handsprings. [Laughs] At the end of that song, we take, like, 30 seconds to catch our breath, which [when we first opened] was kind of [necessary]. Now, our bodies have adjusted so much that unless it’s a particularly hot day, I won’t even sweat during that number. I reached a point very early when I realized that the show was no longer giving me a workout. I’ve now gotten to the point where I’m going to have to start doing exercise outside of the show, which is very upsetting because I hate exercise.
Just walk. That’s what New Yorkers do; we walk everywhere.
Yeah. [Laughs] It is a workout, in reality, and it does keep you fit. I’ve never been fitter than this in my life.
You’ve been done with filming on Potter for about a year; is it weird revisiting that world now that you’re doing press for the final movie?
I thought it was going to be weird, but actually I’m so delighted with the film. I did not think I would be as proud and as happy as I am, which is lovely. So actually it’s a real pleasure to be able to come back to it. I think [Deathly Hallows: Part 2] is just light years ahead of any of the others, in terms of filmmaking, in terms of acting. I find it really amazing that it was made more or less at the same time as part one because I think we’re different actors in it, and I don’t know how that happened.
The subject matter in this film is a lot heavier than in previous ones.
I said to someone the other day, 'It’s like the emotional range of Shakespeare with the action and blood of Tarantino.' The body count in this film is massive.