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Daniel Radcliffe discusses end of Harry Potter, life, holidays, monogamy & more with Mind Food magazine
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Monday, 08 August 2011 21:35

Daniel Radcliffe chatted with Mind Food magazine in July as part of his promotion for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, where he discussed how he felt now that the series had ended, reminiscing about past holidays and old friends, how normal and dull he considers himself despite the fame, and continuing on as an actor. Highlights can be read here.

“It’s weird,” [Radcliffe] acknowledges [on the end of Harry Potter], stirring his tea. “It was more than 10 years ago that I was in this building giving a press conference when I first got the part. It’s strange. Here I am, more than a decade later, sitting here discussing it for the last time. It’s very, very odd and very sad.” 

“I feel far more of an adult now than I did at 18, probably because I don’t have to wear a uniform anymore. I see pictures of myself when I was 10 or 11 and think, ‘That innocent, wonderful small boy has become this!’” he laughs, gesturing to the fully grown man sitting before me. “How boring. I love the idea of staying 11 forever. How fantastic, even though that makes me sound a bit ‘Michael Jackson’, but I do miss it and it’s something I can never have back.”

“I think of myself as very lucky in relation to Rob[ert Pattinson],” says Radcliffe. “His fan bases are a lot more sexually aggressive than mine. My fans have grown up with me. They think of me more as a brother, whereas, [Rob’s] the sexy dude who just walked in,” he says with a laugh. “Rob’s great. It’s bizarre. Since he’s got so huge everybody assumes we must know each other, but we don’t.”

Radcliffe recounts an unusual experience while in Sydney. “I did a press tour of Japan in 2003 and the Warner Bros. present to my family for me doing that tour was to send us anywhere we wanted to go for Christmas. We said, ‘Australia please’. So, we arrive on Christmas Day and go to the hotel where the Christmas lunch was being served. There’s a family sitting opposite who recognise me and come over and chat. They invited us to their house to finish Christmas lunch. It was either that or the hotel room. So we experienced the meaning of Australian hospitality. They were really, really sweet. They even nipped out to get us presents,” he smiles. “We made some really, really good friends and, to this day, my mum and dad are still in contact with them.”

Perhaps it’s for this reason that he’s able to assume a relatively normal life. “I go to the cricket, the pub, it’s very easy. It’s not as hard as everyone imagines it must be. You get a bit of attention but it’s normally pretty fleeting. And, also, you make friends very easily, particularly at the cricket. It’s great.”

“I was in a relationship for three years, and before that I was with someone for two and a half years. As Australian comedian Brendon Burns would say, ‘I’m a serial monogamist’. That’s sort of how it’s been over the last few years for me.”

Surely, with his star status, he must have women falling all over him? He laughs. “No, not at all. That’s never been the case.”

Sounds a tad too self-deprecating to be true? He visibly stiffens. “Well fame isn’t a guarantee of being incredibly attractive to women. People think when you’re famous you’re going to be very, very cool, especially if you’re an actor. And I’m not cool.” He pauses. “I’m overtalkative and quite hyperactive. I don’t have that chilled-out-let-the-world-come-to-you thing. I’m not that guy. The girls I would want to be with certainly wouldn’t chase someone for their fame.” He is currently in a relationship he’s managed to keep under wraps, other than to state, emphatically, that she’s ?not an actress.

“Maybe it’s a natural Englishness, but there’s an embarrassment about being too self-congratulatory. I’m not being self-deprecating. I can be proud about some things. Like, I’m a really good singer and I will happily say that, but I really am crap at sport,” he laughs.

“I’m just being honest, I’m afraid. There’s no false modestly about it.” He pauses. “I don’t think there’s anything to be gained by being so sure that you’re brilliant. That’s just not me.”



Last Updated on Monday, 08 August 2011 22:03