Daniel Radcliffe talks “Kill Your Darlings” and proving himself post “Harry Potter”

Daniel Radcliffe recently sat down for an interview with The Seattle Times to promote his upcoming film Kill Your Darlings and discuss his acting career post Harry Potter.

He spoke about his role as Allen Ginsberg in KYD and the relationship he built with the movie’s director, John Krodkidas, while he was starring in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. According to Radcliffe, Krokidas helped him develop useful acting skills that he had yet to learn.

We worked on accent stuff, physicality, his backstory and his life in general. John also taught me things I’d never been taught before, like how to break down a script. I think everyone just assumed that I knew how to do that! He gave me a way of working that I’ve never had before, so I’m very grateful.

Radcliffe also mentioned the parallels that he drew between his father and the character of Ginsberg. “My father grew up in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, desperate to get to London. I grew up in London, so I don’t know what it’s like to yearn for the big city from a small town.”

Despite never having attended college himself, Radcliffe said that he felt Ginsberg’s experience was relatable to just about everyone. “Regardless of whether you went to college or not, everyone has some version of that ‘I have arrived’ moment.”

The actor also touched briefly upon his other pending projects, such as his role as Igor in Paul McGuidan’s upcoming adapation of Frankenstein as well as his role in the TV miniseries A Young Doctor’s Notebook.

Radcliffe stressed that he wants to “prove to people that I’m an actor and not just a character.” With his rich and diverse resume of roles, he has certainly proven that he has immense talent beyond the boy wizard.