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Daniel Radcliffe reveals he never ‘felt cool’ playing Harry Potter as a child

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 15/09/2018 Safeeyah Kazi
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Daniel Radcliffe has admitted that he never “felt cool” playing the iconic role of Harry Potter growing up.

The 29-year-old, who was cast at the age of 11, opened up on taking on the role in the films inspiring by J.K Rowling's books at such a young age.

The Kill Your Darlings actor said: "I never as a kid - you know when you're just insecure at that age - I never felt cool at any point playing that character.


"And sort of these things go like 'No!'... people thought that was pretty cool! It's nice, yeah."

Since wrapping up his role in the beloved franchise Radcliffe has gone on to pursue a number of projects, including Swiss Army Man and Imperium.

Radcliffe’s co-star Rupert Grint recently opened up to the Standard on his part in the magical films.

Despite the roaring success of Harry Potter, Grint told how he lives a pretty normal life but meets some “interesting characters”.

He said: “That’s the nature of Potter. It does appeal to the outcasts of society, they see something in it they can kind of relate to.”

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Grint, who portrayed lovable best friend of Radcliffe’s Potter and Emma Watson’s Hermione Granger, admitted that he is happy to shed his warm image and move onto darker projects such as such as Daniel Glass in Sick Note and Inspector Crome in upcoming series The ABC Murders. 

“Coming out of Harry Potter which was, although it had its darker moments, quite warm, I’m finding it very interesting to get into more complicated minds that often make big mistakes and get tangled.”

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