When we think of child actors, we can imagine that they are living a dream. With the adoration and riches they accumulate, it’s safe to say they could have it easier than most. But it’s not always sunshine and rainbows for child stars. Living under constant surveillance has its downsides.
Naturally, as one of the most famous child actors on the planet, Daniel Radcliffe, was no exception. While the Harry Potter star does not denounce fame like many other celebrities, he remembers a particularly painful period of his childhood.
Autograph hunters came looking for Daniel Radcliffe
In an interview with The Off Camera Show, Radcliffe opened up about an incident where autograph hunters booed him. The 32-year-old explained: “I don’t think I ever felt unsafe; that’s not the feeling you get from Potter fans. When I was a kid, the thing that sucked and the thing that did… burrow into it and was really unpleasant was getting booed.
Explaining further, he said, “There are professional hunters in the world, and they make money from it, and I don’t hate it. There are people who can do it and will go about it in a way that’s OK, and… and that’s fine, but there are also people who will boo and yell at a child.
The saddest thing is that poor Radcliffe insists he didn’t intentionally snub them. The times he didn’t want to give autographs came when he really didn’t have time after doing a press day at a premier.
The English actor said: ‘But at that time if you just hear people booing and shouting things at you and at you, that, as a kid, sucked. I remember it was very discouraging. Apparently, it was so bad that Radcliffe developed a pathological urge to sign autographs.
Radcliffe’s instant rise to fame
For the uninformed, Radcliffe starred in a not-so-little movie called Harry Potter – well, that and the other seven films in the series. The moment of the first film, Harry Potter at the Sorcerer’s Stone, released in theaters in 2001, the 11-year-old brought global attention to JK Rowling’s creation. It only went up from there.
So, as you’d expect, after more than 10 years of playing a wizard in Harry Potter, Radcliffe wanted to play something totally different once the series ended. One of his earliest attempts involved the play Equus where he performed naked on set.
Asked about his less conventional role in the drama, Radcliffe replied, “For my first thing on stage, I couldn’t do something that was half-flat. It wasn’t so much to get as far away from Potter as possible, but to show that I was there for the right reasons, I suppose, and that I really wanted to test myself.
The lost city The star continued: “Directors have since told me that even though they hadn’t seen it at the time, knowing it happened put me on their radar as someone who was obviously willing to try stuff.”
What has Daniel Radcliffe been up to since?
Besides Equus, Radcliffe has a few other theater credits playing roles in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Endgame, and The Cripple of Inishmaan.
He has starred in several independent films and blockbuster hits, including horns, The woman in black, Kill your darlings, what if, Rail accident, Victor Frankenstein, Swiss army manand, more recently, The lost city. Radcliffe also dabbled in the television series genre, starring in The notebook of a young doctor and miracle workerswhich is now in its third season.
The former child star is one of those actors you feel like you’ve known your whole life. He will always be Harry for some. Whether he’s reprising the role or returning for the adaptation of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Only time will tell. In his words, “I never say never, because it’s a stupid thing to say.”
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