Daniel Radcliffe quotes and sayings
July 23, 1989
I think it speaks to the fact that other people are as excited about originality as we are. I think the thing that has been wonderfully communicated in the trailers and all the promotion for the movie Swiss Army Man is that it isn't like anything else you've ever seen, and we're not just saying that. I think that excites people.
All it takes is for me to be seen chatting up a girl for tabloids to, you know, make up some crappy headline about me being a sex rat or whatever they call it.
If you spent a proper amount of time with me, you would probably wonder if I was on drugs - I'm not. I'm just incredibly hyperactive and manic. I can be quiet and serious at the same time.
Acting is really instinctual and I think you can overanalyse what you're doing. A lot of it has to be based on instinct.
I see myself doing Harry Potter films as long as I'm enjoying it and as long as they are going to challenge me as an actor. I want to be an actor - it's my aspiration - so I want to do other films. I want to write something and I want to direct something!
I've always had, like, from the age of about 11, I've had such an intolerance for bad behavior of actors that I don't think I was ever going to be that person.
I'd love to play Puck in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.'.
I've worked every day since I was 10. I don't know how to do anything else. There is nothing else I'd rather be doing.
I grew up around gay people my entire life, basically, that's possibly why I'm quite camp, and some people think I'm gay when I meet them, which I think is awesome. It's always good to keep them guessing.
Maybe it's a compliment to the film that you can't do that with it, that it can't be explained in 15 seconds.
I love coming home to somebody, I love being in a relationship.
The nerds are the ones that make the films and do loads of other really cool stuff in their life.
I definitely think that theater is something I'll keep coming back to in my career for as long as I can. I also think theater's something you have to be very fit to do. I am fairly fit, but I don't think I could do it all the time.
Personally, I prefer the dark side.
Paul Dano was amazing at carrying me around in Swiss Army Man. I wanted to be there as much as possible but didn't want to hurt Paul's back, but Paul often chose me over the dummy many times on the set. But yeah, to be honest, a little bit of preparation I did with my friend in my flat could never have prepared me for quite the level of physical reliance we would have on each other.
I basically have the diet of a 19th-century Irish navy, apart from the litre of stout a day. It's meat and potatoes and bread and cheese: those are my four food groups.
I think Harry Potter's very important. Every opportunity I will get for the rest of my life, I would not have got if it wasn't for Harry Potter. And it would be height of ingratitude if I was ever anything but proud to be associated with these films.
I seem to be a long-term relationship kinda guy.
I'm the only kid in the world who doesn't want an eighth Harry Potter book.
Realizing that other people have a problem with homosexuality was the weirdest thing for me. As a kid it wasn't even something that was mentioned. It was never something that was even explained to me. It was just, "That's Mark and he's gay." Mark was just another friend of my dad's who would talk about his boyfriend instead of his girlfriend. I was 5. I didn't care. It seemed perfectly normal, and still does.
I like science and I love gym. Oh, and I like art, but I'm really bad at it. I'm just a terrible drawer. I can't draw a circle. Even with a ruler, I can't draw a straight line.
We sing a lot of the soundtrack in this film Swiss Army Man - me and Paul Dano - and on the last day of filming we had to just get into the back of our sound mixer's van and record a really crappy, rough version of the singing then. For some reason that was one of the most fun days.
Fans are really important for me. And if they take pains to write me, it's the minimum that I answer myself.
I wasn't the most popular kid in school.
People tell me I look mournful. They say, 'Cheer up, Dan, it's not that bad!' Sometimes I just look into space, which freaks people out. If I was ever required to do anything other than look haunted, I could. I'm a happy person.
The thing that inspires me about Daniel Radcliffe and the thing that I admire the most about him is that he's had a level of fame thrust upon him that's relatively unheard of.
I think pressure is a good thing and it's good to be able to feel it and use it and experience the feeling of it and especially if you can get past it.
I'm not a religious person. My mom was of Jewish blood and my dad was Protestant.
It was very emotional, actually. In the front of the book I wrote something Anton Chekhov wrote to the woman he ended up spending the rest of his life with: Hello, the last page of my life. Which I thought was very appropriate.
I think I'm always very nave. With 'Kill Your Darlings' and 'Horns', I'm like, "Why wouldn't everybody love this?" But I guess it's going to divide people in some ways. But if you're willing to go with it and suspend your disbelief, you're going to get something amazing and something unlike anything else.
Potter for me is something that's been giving me these amazing opportunities to start a career and learn while I'm doing, which is the best way to learn.
Richard Griffiths was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career. In August 2000, before official production had even begun on Potter, we filmed a shot outside the Dursleys', which was my first ever shot as Harry. I was nervous and he made me feel at ease. Seven years later, we embarked on 'Equus' together. It was my first time doing a play but, terrified as I was, his encouragement, tutelage and humor made it a joy. In fact, any room he walked into was made twice as funny and twice as clever just by his presence.
My dad's got a brilliant eye for scripts 'cos he's a literary agent. He and my agent read a load of scripts and filter them.
The paparazzi were outside the theater every single night, but we came up with a cunning ruse. I would wear the same outfit every time - a different T-shirt underneath, but I'd wear the same jacket and zip it up so they couldn't see what I was wearing underneath, and the same hat. So they could take pictures for six months, but it would look like the same day, so they became unpublishable. Which was hilarious, because there's nothing better than seeing paparazzi getting really frustrated.
I'm possibly a very morbid person but I think about death a lot. I don't know if it's maybe from being on films that's often playing Harry Potter or I just think it's a natural thing that I have. It's something that I think about just because it's fascinating in a very alien kind of way.
It's interesting for myself, growing up as an Asian-American filmmaker. Coming into the industry, my parents always said, "No one's going to give you the opportunity. You just have to do the work. Be better than everyone else, so they can't deny it.".
A hero is also someone who, in their day to day interactions with the world, despite all the pain, uncertainty and doubt that can plague us, is resiliently and unashamedly themselves. If you can wake up every day and be emotionally open and honest regardless of what you get back from the world then you can be the hero of your own story. Each and every person who can say that despite life's various buffetings that they are proud to be the person they are is a hero.
I know I'm not a coal miner, but I do long hours and I never complain, and there is nowhere else I'd rather be. So, yeah, that's how I'd define myself. I want to do it right, and prove people wrong once and for all about the myth of child stars.
What I love about the gay thing is that every single person I type into Google, it doesn't matter if it's Florence Welch, anybody, if you are not being called gay you don't have a career. That's my theory!
Being in Harry Potter is like being in the Mafia. Once you are in, you are never really out.
If I can make a career for myself after Harry Potter, and it goes well, and is varied and with longevity, then that puts to bed the 'child actors argument'.
Poetry is something I love to do. Good poetry has an amazing ability to be communicative before it's even understood. I get emotional just from the beauty of words.
'Insane Farting Corpse' is a really hard movie to do a QandA for. The audience is still kind of reeling and being like, "I don't know what to ask.".
I've learnt a lot about certain things but you also learn through your own experience.
No. I am not a royalist. Not at all. I am definitely a republican in the British sense of the word. I just don't see the use of the monarchy though I'm fierce patriot. I'm proud proud proud of being English, but I think the monarchy symbolizes a lot of what was wrong with the country.
I thought I was an actor playing a wizard. But really, I was a wizard playing an actor.
Some actresses are just insane. I've never worked with a nasty actress - they're all absolutely delightful. But completely barking.
People who have car collections - I never understood that. I always thought that was unnecessary. It's not beautiful, it's not creative. It's just showing how much money you've got.
I once had a friend call me by accident. If there's another person in the room called Harry and somebody shouts their name I do respond slightly, which is embarrassing. But no one has ever said it in the throws of passion. That would be the end of that session. Go now!
As an actor, I think sort of relish the chance to take a leap and sort of put yourself out there. You know, it's, like on any film, you just have to be willing to embarrass yourself, because otherwise you are not going to really reveal anything that you have. So I think it's exciting.
When I go back to school everyone asks a lot of questions. Then, after about a week, when I've answered everything, we get back to normal.
I get constantly mistaken for Elijah Wood. I was in Japan and someone held out a photo of him for me to sign.
A friend often says I'm an old man in a young man's husk. I like that. I am old-fashioned in some ways.
I'm a serial monogamist. I'm not one of those people that can date loads of people at the same time, it's all too complicated.
I might like to be an actor, but there are loads of other things I'm interested in as well, like music and writing and sports. I want to keep my options open.
And the people I'm best friends with on the films are not generally the actors.
I meet hundreds of people, and I'm not going to remember them. But every single one of them will remember their interaction with me.
I've been working since I was 9, and I've never known a life without a film set.
I've done seven movies in eight years, and with each movie I feel like I'm learning a lot. I'm still young-ish, so I still feel like I'm in the zone of learning and creating. Those are the perfect places to do that. And in a weird way, you have a lot of freedom.
I don't think that you necessarily need a certain type of background to take on roles. You see actors from very, very privileged backgrounds playing working class characters and vice-versa. I don't think your background limits you as to what you can do.
My preparation is mainly just knowing the lines and getting in and knowing where your character is, knowing what it's about and having ideas that you can put in on the day.
Also I just think I've been lucky enough to have great parents, and I've had good people around me who have always been honest with me, who would give me a purely metaphorical slap if I ever got too big for my boots.
My taste in the films I've taken as an actor is similar to what I'd do a director or writer: all quite odd, challenging stuff, slightly off-the-wall.
The sixth Harry Potter film - I don't like my performance in that film at all.
Sometimes you can't help but pay attention to what is written about you. You are trying not to because it's generally not constructive, it can be very funny, in which case it's fine to pay attention to it if you're going to laugh about it. But if it's going to get you angry then it's a pretty pointless waste of energy, so I try and be selective about what I take an interest in about myself.
My favorite phrase, that a friend of mine who worked on the Potter films and was a lot older than me would use in front of me, and I picked up from him many great phrases - the English have a lot of great idioms for sweating. I don't know why that is. But that's what we do. I feel like it's particularly our country; probably everywhere has a lot of idioms for sweating. He always said, "I'm sweating like a glassblower's asshole," which I always found an incredibly strange and yet vivid image.
I'm certainly lucky to have got famous through something that was so well liked, generally speaking.
Somebody I love and have a huge amount of respect for once told me something that, to this day, I don't really think I understand. It was probably toward the end of Harry Potter, and they were talking to me about afterwards and that kind of stuff. And they were saying, "You need to think of yourself as a brand and you need to protect that brand." I just don't understand what that really means in terms of being an actor, and I also think I would find that a slightly soul-destroying way to look at myself.
When I get into trouble at school I'd like to take an invisibility cloak, drape it over me and sneak out the door. Or I'd like to have a 3 headed-dog because then no one would argue with me.
Just keep acting is my plan, I just want to keep going for as long as I can. I've had a fantastic time on Potter, I will be very sad to leave it because every time I look back on one of these films, every scene I watch will be forever linked to a memory of what happened that day or something that was happening around that time in my life.
In terms of drama school, what that will give you that you won't necessarily learn on a film set is the technical ability - ie, projecting your voice and stage craft.
England is my home. London is my home. New York feels like, if I have to spend a year living in an unfamiliar city, this is a pretty lovely one to spend a year in, but I will be going home at the end of it, certainly.
My parents were what I like to call proper musical fans. Lots of Sondheim was played in the car.
I'm a huge fan of Brad Pitt. He could have done rom-coms his entire career, but he took it in a different direction.
Who are the executives, and what are the stories that are being released? Not just in movie theaters but online. When you watch Master of None, you're like, yes, this is real life to me. These are refreshing types of stories.
The best thing I've learned is, if you're going out, never go out alone - you leave yourself vulnerable. If you've got someone else there you trust, they can say, be wary of that person. I probably used to be too trusting of people.
I will never, ever do a film as successful as the Harry Potter series. But neither will anyone else.
I was worried on a personal level because I wanted to be slightly taller than I am, ideally. But I've now accepted it. Basically, I came to the conclusion a while ago that you can either be really bitter about it or you can make loads of funny jokes.
I think I tried to steal a Mars bar once from a shop but then I went and put it back.
The real challenge of acting for me, I suppose, is just getting to know a character very, very well and just applying what I know about them to every single scene. That's what it can be broken down to.
I had one relative who passed away but fortunately none others. So my sort of experience of it is quite limited, thankfully.
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has confessed that until recently, he thought the 16-year-old fellow tween idol Justin Bieber was a female. 'I only heard Justin Bieber for the first time two weeks ago. I genuinely thought it was a woman singing. I'd never heard it before. Is it big in England yet?'.
As far as I can tell, most actors' main motivation is self-doubt and neuroses.
The only thing I can think of is my favorite album at the moment by this guy called Father John Misty, and the album is called I Love You, Honeybear. It's just brilliant. It's the album I'm currently obsessed with. It is original, and the lyrics are fantastic and it's brilliant. So that's blowing me away.
I had to smile when stories emerged questioning whether I was gay. Obviously I knew I wasn't but people were curiously desperate to suggest I was ... when you know a gay guy has a crush on you, it's the most flattering thing.
There's no blueprint for where I should be. I see myself as a young, good actor who still has a lot to learn. There's nobody at any point in their career who is the finished article.
I'm very proud of being Jewish. It means I have a good work ethic, and you get Jewish humor and you're allowed to tell Jewish jokes.
All these things, social media or smart phones or the things that distract us from each other, are fairly new. They're all fairly new inventions, and I think we're in a stage where we sort of as a whole have gotten these new toys and we're just obsessed with playing with them. I feel like after a period of adjustment it will inevitably be a regression from where we are now.
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