Daniel Radcliffe made an unexpected remark about his iconic role as Harry Potter in the wildly successful series of the same name–the role that earned him fame and glory.
The 30-year-old British actor blames the classic Harry Potter franchise for turning him into an alcoholic.
Radcliffe sat down for an interview with BBC Radio 4. There, he made the admission when he appeared on the latest Desert Island Discs.
Radcliffe opened up to host Lauren Laverne. He revealed how he dealt with the media scrutiny that came along with his fame as a young man. He said he handled it “badly at first.”
“If I went out and if I got drunk, I’d suddenly be aware of there being interest in that because it’s not just a drunk guy, it’s ‘Oh, Harry Potter’s getting drunk in the bar,'” he said.
His role as the boy wizard sparked “some kind of interest for people and also a slightly mocking interest,” Radcliffe said. “It’s inherently funny for people,” he said.
Radcliffe says “the way of dealing with that is just to drink more or get more drunk. So I did a lot of that for a few years.”
But he found himself in a position where he was unsure. He didn’t know if he resorted to drinking because of Harry Potter, or if it was just his nature.
“A lot of drinking that happened towards the end of Potter and for a little bit after it finished, it was panic, a little bit not knowing what to do next. Not being comfortable enough in who I was to remain sober.”
The Harry Potter actor did eventually detox from alcohol, and has remained sober since getting clean in 2010.
He attempted to stop drinking multiple times, but he eventually succeeded with the help of his family and friends providing him with “enough perspective on [his] life.”
“Ultimately, it was my own decision,” Radcliffe says of getting sober. “Like, I woke up one morning after a night going out like, ‘This is probably not good.'”
“Even at the lowest point, I still loved my job so much,” the actor said. “I loved going to set, and there was never a day where my own [feelings] would affect how I was on set, there was never a point where I was like, ‘Oh, I wish this hadn’t happened to me, I wish I wasn’t Harry Potter.'”