We recently celebrated Harry Potter himself turning 34, but Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe has also recently celebrated his own birthday. In a new interview, he reflects on his birthday and picking his roles.
On how he celebrated his birthday, Daniel said,
I actually had a lovely evening. Very quiet. I got some great gifts but nothing other people would find interesting. I’m very hard to buy for, so a lot of engineering goes into it. Socks are my thing. I love a good sock.
Did he spend time reflecting on his birthday?
I don’t spend more time reflecting on my birthday than on other times. I haven’t been really fazed by the fact that I’ve turned 25, and I’m really content with the way things are going. In my career and personally, my life is having a nice balance at the moment. There hasn’t been much cause for introspection.
On going back to Harry Potter he commented,
That’s not high on my list of things to do, to be honest. I love Harry Potter; I love what it’s given me, and I’ll always be grateful for that. But I played the character for 10 years, and I’ve been so excited the past few years that I can’t see myself going back to that.
Finally, Daniel discusses how he chooses his roles:
I pick the kinds of films I would like to see if I were an audience member. You can’t really make a plan because you don’t really know what scripts are going to come in and which of those scripts are going to get made. So you’ve got to find as many things as you feel passionate about, and you can absolutely give yourself and hope they do get made. So it’s not so much a plan as following my instincts.
I don’t want to give the impression that my involvement in a film is an absolutely surefire thing to starting it because nothing is — very few actors have that kind of power. But I am in a rare position for a 25-year-old of having control over the things I do and not [having to] do things if I don’t want to. Most of my friends, if they get an audition for something absolutely terrible, they have to go to it. It’s a job. You can’t turn it down. I’m very lucky that I don’t have to do something I’m not really passionate about.
Make sure you check out the full interview here.
Daniel’s latest project, What If, comes out this month. Are you looking forward to seeing it?