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.

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    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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11 comments
DJ
DJ

Well, it's a Big Whoop to me, Mr. Potter. Yes, millions of people swear all over the world daily. I am tired of listening to it and, yes, I can expect Daniel to be better. I don't lower my expectations for anyone because "millions of people do it". However, I do agree with you on the movie. Excellent and a fitting ending.And though the movies are no match for the books,I don't think they ever set out to be.

Mr. Potter
Mr. Potter

So Dan dropped the F-bomb and a few other "sentence enhancers." Big whoop. Mllions of people swear all ove the world, daily. You can't expect him to be any better. As for Harry Potter, Dan - and everybody in the movie, for that matter -, were amazing on Deathly Hallows. Still, the movies are no match for the books. J.K. Rowling is an amazing writer and we owe her for all she's done for us; she conceived the amazing world of Harry Potter all by herself.

DJ
DJ

I agree with Angela. Daniel doesn't need to swear. Nobody needs to swear. It's just rude and tacky. I've heard Daniel in tons of interviews and listening to him is a pleasure. He is bright, funny and interesting and he didn't swear in them (unless it was deleted out). I don't know why he felt it was acceptable in this particular interview.

Sally
Sally

When I read that Daniel likes 'The Book of Mormon' and could happily see it once a week, I thought, aaaah, yet another thing to add to my list of 'reasons why I like Daniel Radcliffe'. BOM is hysterical.

Adelle
Adelle

@ Angela Dan is English. The "F" word is like mother's milk. I don't think he can help it.

Nina
Nina

Good interview, and yeah maybe a potty mouth gee's to go as far as saying you will be common for doing so is a tad bit overboard with the dramatics don't you think Angela? Sounds as if you know Dan personally enough to tell him how to behave! May as well tell him to live in a bubble house and read a bible everyday so he won't swear and not drink and...ahh who am I kidding people like that don't exist!haha...oh and Dan you must've been so un-intelligent to swear once, you moron...NAHT!!!way to go Dan Radcliffe...

Deborah
Deborah

I saw Daniel with my teenage children in NY a few weeks ago. He was fantastic and we had a great night out - we even waited at the stage door after the show. I was impressed with his ability, great comic timing. My daughter grew up with Harry so the theatre trip was very special for her.

Angela
Angela

Great article, only bummer part is that we have another famous person with a potty mouth. Seriously I would have figured he had more intelligent words coming out of his mouth. Using the F word is for morons. You are smarter than this- don't become common and use such common language. Other than that- like I stated before great article, been a fan of HP for years and I love seeing the other "works" Dan and other HP cast members perform. Luckily, it seems, no one is being typecast.

Ra
Ra

I have loved watching Dan grown up and become a very talented, funny and charming man. I am a true fan and hope to be entertained by him for many more years to come.

Deb
Deb

This was a very interesting article. Thank you to J.K. Rowling and the cast of HP for a great run and entertaining wonderful movies (and books) I also say How to Succeed, it was awesome Dan is very talented indeed!!!!

Mark Hunneyman
Mark Hunneyman

This was an interesting interview. It's sad to know that no more Potter films will be produced.