Saturday, July 30, 2011

Harry Potter Post 51

 Do you like living in New York City?
Daniel Radcliffe: Yes. I miss home, but as another place to live, it’s absolutely wonderful and the people are very friendly and it’s very easy for me to walk around here. I think I’ve only had two run-ins with paparazzi in the last five months. That’s been very light. It’s a pretty easy place to live really. And doing the show is fun as well. It means you get in with a set of people and you establish new friendships in there like I did with Equus.

What’s been your key to keeping your body and mind focused?
Dan: In terms of my mindset, reading or just going and walking for a few hours and stuff like that to totally take me out of the more hectic side of my life, I find that’s good. And just doing something else during the day that stimulates your mind so that when you go into the show in the evening, it’s not all that you’ve thought about all day and the only thing you’ve done.

Have you met the future Mrs. Radcliffe?
Dan: [Pauses] I don’t know, maybe. The person I’m with at the moment is wonderful. Unfortunately, she’s back at home. I miss my girlfriend very much, but that’s OK. She’s working on a film at the moment.

Is she an actress?
Dan: Oh God no! That would be insane. She works on the crew. She’s great. I’ve been seeing my girlfriend for nine months now, and when you get the right feeling about someone, you go, “You’re very very cool, and I really am very happy around you.” That’s a nice feeling.

Is this the first time you’ve had that feeling with anybody?
Dan: Yeah, I think it is. To have found this, certainly.

At what point did you start preparing for your post-Potter life? A couple of years back?
Dan: It was more than that probably even. My agent and I always felt it was important that I should be seen to be doing other things while Harry Potter was going on, to ease that transition afterward. If you spend 10 years doing one series of films, and then you suddenly go, “Look, and I’m doing this!” it’s quite a jump for people. Whereas if, over the course of those 10 years, you go off in between films and do other stuff, whether it’s a film that doesn’t get seen by many people like December Boys or a play that attracts quite a lot of attention like Equus, there’s an awareness that you’re out there doing other stuff and you want to do other stuff. When it comes to this point where we are moving on, its going to be a lot easier for people to accept that transition.

Do you feel you’ve made a home for yourself over here, or will you go back to London?
Dan: I would want to go back to London. I miss my home, I miss everyone there, I miss my girlfriend. I’ve got to get back there for at least a little bit. One of the films I might be doing might be here next year, so I definitely want to have some time at home next year. [Laughs]

In terms of fan experiences, is it nutty both here and in England?
Dan: Not so much in England, but over here it can get crazy sometimes. And it does in England sometimes, but not so much when I’m walking around. New York is a very city to walk around, but just very occasionally it has the element of, if I’m in a theater or somewhere public, it can go crazy very quickly. It rarely does but there’s always an awareness that it could. If the wrong person sees you and just starts screaming, then it can go slightly wild. [Laughs]

You’re one of a select group of people in this world who can cause an instant, Beatles-like riot. Is there anybody you’re able to talk about that with?
Dan: It’s interesting because the people who have had the same experience are the people you don’t talk to about it. You both know, you’ve both been there and you know what it’s like and how odd it is. Everyone has their own ways of dealing with it and putting it into perspective, but there’s a recognition. It would be hard to explain. If I was to see Rob Pattinson, there would be a knowledge that we both know what it’s like and we don’t really talk about it because our opinions on it are quite dull. [Laughs] There’s an acknowledgement of “I know what you’re talking about,” but I’m sure we wouldn’t dwell on it.

Now that you’re on your second production, have you figured out why so many people want to get to Hollywood rather than stay on Broadway?
Dan: Because they want to be famous — to an extent, I think. I’d say there are some people that film is something they’re really interested in and love and want to do, but there’s also a lot of people who think fame is what they want. I don’t think this applies to anyone I know or anyone I’ve worked with, but people who think they want to be an actor actually just want to be famous a lot of the time. If that’s your end goal, you will get nowhere ultimately. Because then, once you do achieve that fame, it doesn’t matter to you what you do because you’ve got it. Once you’re a known person and you just want all the perks of being a known person, then that’s when the work will start to suffer and your attention drifts on to other things and parties and stuff like that. You never really cared about the work to begin with, I suppose.
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