New Interview: Does Daniel Radcliffe Believe in Miracles?

Daniel Radcliffe recently sat down for an interview with the Manila Bulletin about his latest TV project – a comedy series called Miracle Workers starring Steve Buscemi as God and himself as an angel named Craig. In the interview, Radcliffe spoke about comedy, Scrabble, miracles, and more.

Radcliffe described working on a comedy project as “fantastic.”

To be honest, most of what I watch is comedy and the stuff I really love is comedy. So I’ve wanted to do something like this for a long time but it’s just about finding the right people to do it with, particularly in TV when you could potentially be doing it for a few years. But as soon as I met [writer-producer] Simon [Rich] and I’ve been such a fan of his work and, you know, the chance to get onboard with him and in whatever he was creating was so exciting.

He spoke about the joy of working with Steve Buscemi.

Then when we got Steve it was just like all our Christmases had come at once. We couldn’t believe that he was willing to just jump in and play God. Steve is an incredibly generous actor. He’s very kind. He’s very humble. He’s everything you want in a scene partner. As somebody who’s grown up watching him and his work, it was just a surreal and lovely experience to work with him.

Radcliffe also shared that he eventually wants to take on behind-the-camera roles.

I would love to write and direct. That’s something that I have been working on but I’m really very nervous about that. I don’t want to do it until I’m really confident that what I’ve written is worth filming. But other than that, I’m just very happy to carry on. I love my job, my life. I love working and acting so I’m quite happy to just continue on at this pace as long as people will have me.

When he’s not working, Radcliffe likes spending time with his girlfriend of over five years, Erin Darke.

We play a lot of games. Her family’s a big family of card players so she has introduced me to that. I just often feel very lucky that I have found somebody whom I can turn to at four o’clock in the afternoon and be like, ‘Do you want to play Scrabble?’ And they’re, like, ‘Yeah!’ I feel like I’m very lucky. It’s super nerdy. I’m not judging that but that’s the thing. I feel like all the stuff that I grew up thinking, ‘Oh, this is super nerdy. I’ll never be able to do this with a girl.’ The wonderful thing about that is when you find the relationship that you’re meant to be in.

He described finding this meant-to-be relationship as a kind of miracle and spoke a bit about his personal view of miracles.

I view the fact that we are sitting here and that I’m existing at all as a miracle… When you think of all the people who don’t exist, the odds against us existing are very, very long, so that’s the kind of thing that makes me feel very lucky.

Miracle Workers is set to premiere later this year. Are you excited to see Dan play an angel?

Shelby Dale DeWeese

Shelby Dale DeWeese has been a Harry Potter fan since first picking up the books in 2000 and has been working for MuggleNet as a transcriber, transcript editor, and journalist since 2009. She is a writer and educator, and spends her free time reading, running, taking dance classes, and re-watching The Office.