Daniel Radcliffe Interview HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS. Part 1.
By Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub
With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 getting released in a few days, Warner Bros. held a big press junket this past weekend in London and I got to fly across the pond to attend. I’ve already posted my interview with Emma Watson and director David Yates, and for today’s installment, I’ve got Harry Potter himself…Daniel Radcliffe.
During the intimate roundtable interview, Radcliffe talked about his ten year journey playing Harry Potter, what props he took home from set, what can fans look forward to in Part 2 (the final Harry Potter movie), the upcoming reshoots to make the ending perfect, other projects like The Woman in Black, his work on Broadway and the West End, and so much more. While Radcliffe could easily be a tough interview due to how much press he’s done over the past decade, I think as you read or listen to the interview, you’ll see he’s extremely grounded and willing to answer any question. It’s great to see that fame has not gone to his head. Hit the jump for the interview:
Since I know some of you prefer reading a transcript and some like listening to the audio, you can either click here to listen to the interview or read the transcript below. Look for more Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows interviews everyday this week and here’s a link to all our Harry Potter coverage.
Question: You know, I heard this morning that you were described as the 40 year old philosopher. You went from being a child to the 40 year old philosopher…
Daniel: Who described me as that?
Daniel: Oh, Tom, OK. OK, cool! OK, I’ll take that from Tom. I know that’s meant in a nice way if Tom said it. That’s fine. [laughs]
So how do you look at this incredible journey you’ve had with
this character that so many people are fixated on for the past whatever it’s been, 10 years?
Daniel: You know, now I feel sort of obliged to come out with something sort of profound and philosophical. I think possibly, also, what Tom is alluding to is the fact that I’ve got…I think I’ve got a work ethic. Which also, to the effect, Tom has, and a lot of us have as well. We love our jobs and we don’t take anything for granted. There’s nowhere I would rather be. Over the last 10 years it’s been some of the most surreal, bizarre moments of my life, but in a lovely way. There’s certainly nothing I would have swapped it for. And, you know, I think in terms of all the media attention that you get and all that stuff, I think the one thing you have to be careful of is that you don’t have…that fame does not become a part of your identity. You have to find out who you are aside from what the media say you are. If you’ve become reliant on them for kind of a sense of self, then you’re really screwed. So yeah, I mean I think we’ve all done quite well in terms of not believing the hype about ourselves and just sort of getting on with our jobs and appreciating that we’re very lucky to be there.
Was it ever a possibility, though, of saying, “God, I am Harry Potter! I am fabulous! I am adored by millions of people!” I mean you’re a kid and it must be so exhilarating. I don’t know.
Daniel: But the thing is, you only have that sense for that about three weeks a year, maybe, because that’s the time you’re not working. The rest of the year we’re working, we’re on set.