Daniel Radcliffe is without a doubt one of Hollywood’s most recognizable actors. Radcliffe became a global sensation at a young age as a result of his leading role in the Harry Potter franchise. Recently, The Lost City star revealed how nice it has been to reconnect with some of his Harry Potter co-stars as an adult.
In an interview with People to promote his new adventure comedy The Lost City with Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum, the actor expressed his admiration for his costars over the years, especially those he worked with on Harry Potter.
“There are so many people that I could talk about who are incredibly influential on me. The people that I come back to the most are actually some of the people that take their job really seriously, but also know that we’re not saving lives, and are there to have fun, and there’s no reason to be horrible to be an actor. So people like that: [Harry Potter movie alums] Imelda Staunton, David Thewlis, Michael Gambon — who arguably takes acting less seriously than any other actor I’ve ever worked with and is better than all of them. He’s incredible. And Gary Oldman was obviously a huge influence on me.”
Radcliffe also mentions Helena Bonham Carter as a favourite and says they’ve kept in touch since the recent 20-year Harry Potter reunion, when Radcliffe confessed his crush on Carter in a sweet handwritten letter.
“Over the last few months, I’ve actually texted with Helena a bit since the reunion. I think when I’m back in London we’re definitely going to try and hang out at some point. One of the nice things about the Harry Potter reunion actually was just getting to have adult conversations with people I’d only known as a child, that was so cool, and in a way that I hadn’t really expected. But kind of going like, ‘Oh, we could hang out now. This is fun.’ Yeah. So that’s been really nice.”
The actor went on to say how much he admires Carter’s professionalism and her zero tolerance for bad behaviour in their industry. Radcliffe also mentions that his costars have had a positive influence on him in addition to Potter.
“She’s the best. She’s also one of those people who — I feel like there are a lot of people in our industry that will forgive people being terrible human beings if they’re great artists. And I hate that. And I think Helena has no time for it as well. We were talking about people that are known to be brilliant or whatever, but [are difficult] and we’re like, ‘Eh.’ When you find a person that normal in the industry for as long as she’s been in it, who’s still not jaded by the weirdness of it,, they’re rare and very cool.”
“I would also say John Larroquette, who I worked with on [Broadway musical] How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. There are so many people that I’ve met at the right time in my life. I have been insanely lucky to work with all these people.”
And, while Radcliffe has a successful career outside of Harry Potter, he doesn’t mind that some fans will always refer to him as “Harry.”
“I always think if you’ve done something that can help somebody through a bad moment, that is really all art is for. That is the highest, noblest thing that a film can do, I think, is just provide escape or catharsis or something like that. And so, it genuinely doesn’t get old when people come up and are like, ‘These films mean a huge amount to me.’ And it’s a very, very lovely kind of gratifying thing. So yeah, maybe one day I’ll be horrible and jaded, but it hasn’t happened yet.”
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