connectVideoDaniel Radcliffe talks life after ‘Harry Potter’
Fox411: ‘Harry Potter’ actor Daniel Radcliffe discusses life after playing the boy wizard, and his new role as producer of the documentary ‘Circus Child.”
Actor Daniel Radcliffe has one of the most interesting career since immediately rising to fame as the face of the immensely popular “Harry Potter” film franchise. However, in a recent interview, the star admits that he had to use alcohol to help deal with the fame in the early days of his career.
Radcliffe, 29, stars in the new TBS comedy “miracle workers.” He has performed with a variety of interesting projects since hanging up his magic wand, but remember the first days very well. While he is of the opinion that he is in a happy place now, the star admitted that drinking almost became a problem for him.
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“There is an awareness that I struggled with especially in my late teens, when I went to places for the first time where you would feel and, again, it might be largely in my head where you would you saw when you were in a bar, when you are in a pub,” the British actor explained during an interview on “Off Camera With Sam Jones.” “In my case, this is the fastest way to forget you were looking at was very drunk. Then if you are very drunk, you become aware of, ‘Oh, people are looking more now, because now I am very drunk, so I should probably drink more to ignore that there is more.’ It can affect your psyche.”
The star noted that his experience has helped him to sympathize with fellow celebrities who got their start at a young age.
“There is no blueprint for starting young and working of things,” he said to the interviewer. “That is why when people go to Justin Bieber drag racing cars or whatever, I’m always like, ‘Yes, but you never know. Things were super crazy for him now.'”
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Radcliffe credits friends and family to help him self-correct his life path and walk back from the party lifestyle. In the end, though, the star explains that it was his decision to change things, the record of a particular experience, where he woke up one morning and realized that nothing good came for him as he continued to drink.
“I was wrong about the general now. I know that varies for some people. When I think of the kind of chaos I used to invite in my life, I’m really much happier now. I think there’s a part of me that was like, ‘Actors are crazy cool drunks. I have to live up to this weird image that I had in my head of what it means to be a famous actor.'”
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As ET Online notes, Radcliffe has already spoken in the past about his drinking and how it was almost a problem for him in the “Harry Potter” set.
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“People with problems like that are very adept at hiding. It was bad. I don’t want to go into details but I drank a lot and it was daily – I mean nightly. I can honestly say I never drank at work on ‘Harry Potter.’ I went to work still drunk, but I never drank at work,” he said in 2012.