Interview: Daniel Radcliffe

As the Harry Potter saga comes to an end on Friday 15, the young actor leaves wizardry behind for Brooklyn Bridge date nights and a summer of show tunes.

  • Photograph: Matt Hoyle

    Daniel Radcliffe

    Daniel Radcliffe

  • Photograph: Matt Hoyle

    Daniel Radcliffe

    Daniel Radcliffe

  • Photograph: Matt Hoyle

    Daniel Radcliffe

    Daniel Radcliffe

  • Photograph: Matt Hoyle

    Daniel Radcliffe

    Daniel Radcliffe

  • Photograph: Matt Hoyle

    Daniel Radcliffe

    Daniel Radcliffe

  • Photograph: Matt Hoyle

    Daniel Radcliffe

    Daniel Radcliffe

  • Photograph: Matt Hoyle

    Daniel Radcliffe

    Daniel Radcliffe

  • Photograph: Matt Hoyle

    Daniel Radcliffe

    Daniel Radcliffe

  • Photograph: Matt Hoyle

    Daniel Radcliffe

    Daniel Radcliffe

  • Photograph: Matt Hoyle

    Daniel Radcliffe

    Daniel Radcliffe

  • Photograph: Matt Hoyle

    Daniel Radcliffe

    Daniel Radcliffe

Photograph: Matt Hoyle

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe

"It all ends"—so say the ads for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, out Friday 15. The last installment in the Harry Potter saga is truly the darkest; our titular hero leads his friends into battle at Hogwarts and faces Lord Voldemort in a final confrontation. But Daniel Radcliffe's tenure as Potter, whom he has portrayed since the film series began in 2001, ended about a year ago, when filming for Deathly Hallows completed. These days, the actor (who turns 22 this month) can be seen on Broadway in the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Radcliffe plays J. Pierrepont Finch, the scheming corporate striver who sails to the top of the World Wide Wicket Company. Before a Wednesday matinee, Radcliffe stopped by TONY's office for a photo shoot—during which he gamely posed with a copy of the magazine and cracked jokes in between shots—and to chat about life post-Potter.

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.

It's sort of an unspoken rule between New Yorkers and celebrities, to let them be.
I saw Julianne Moore walk past me a couple of weeks ago, and we sort of smiled at each other. I don't think she knew it was me, I just think she thought it was somebody smiling at her. You do see a lot of people, and I'm as guilty of it as anybody. I get so excited when I spot people, like, "Oh, there's Kiefer Sutherland!"

I once sat next to Lou Reed during a movie.
Wow! Okay, Jesus. See, that's the thing I'd find totally intimidating. And the Tony Awards, when we performed this year...I had not been that nervous in years. I don't think I was that nervous on our first night of doing the show. There's that moment when you're all standing behind this huge LED screen, and suddenly you're revealed like prizes on a game show, and Al Pacino is ten feet from you, and Mark Rylance and Bobby Cannavale and Sutton Foster and all these huge people...it's fucking terrifying. [Laughs] But it was a huge thrill to perform there.

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