For all those who thought Daniel Radcliffe was one of the few to survive child stardom unscathed, prepare to be surprised. The actor recently told GQ that he had issues with alcohol while filming the Harry Potter films.
According to Radcliffe, he felt so pressured by the fame that came along with being Harry Potter that he let it go too far. He was at his worst when he turned 18 which was during the filming of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
“I became too reliant on [alcohol] to enjoy stuff,” Radcliffe says. “There were a few years there when I was just so enamored with the idea of living some sort of famous person’s lifestyle that really isn’t suited to me.”
The thing he became “enamored” with was whiskey and partying, a part of his life that he’s surprised that the paps never caught on to since he wasn’t the best at hiding it. The actor fell victim to the childhood star curse like so many before him, something that we can hardly blame on him since he was thrust into this life at age 9 without realizing just how much fame it would bring him.
Radcliffe says that he has not had any alcohol since the wrapping up of the final Harry Potter film in August last year. He seems to be enjoying his sobriety and even tells the interviewer that he likes having a normal relationship with his girlfriend.
“As much as I would love to be a person that goes to parties and has a couple of drinks and has a nice time, that doesn’t work for me. I do that very unsuccessfully. I’d just rather sit at home and read, or talk to somebody that makes me laugh. There’s no shame in enjoying the quiet life. And that’s been the realization of the past few years for me,” Radcliffe told GQ.
Radcliffe is now trying to find new roles to continue a successful career post-Potter. He feels that his next film, The Woman in Black, might help him make this step. The thriller will be released in theaters on February 3. [Via Telegraph]
Are you surprised that Daniel Radcliffe had issues with alcohol? Do you think he’ll find success now that Harry Potter is over?