Actor Daniel Radcliffe in a scene from the 2001 film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
Actor Daniel Radcliffe in a scene from the 2001 film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

Radcliffe ‘never felt cool’ playing Harry Potter

DANIEL Radcliffe soared to fame as the beloved character Harry Potter. Now, nearly 17 years later, the actor is revealing how he felt playing the boy with the lightning bolt scar.

During an appearance on the Tonight Show this week, host Jimmy Fallon showed the Lifespan of a Fact star, 29, a few memes featuring Harry Potter. When Fallon held up one which replaced the lyrics of Jay-Z's 99 Problems to fit the fantasy film, Radcliffe, who applauded the meme went on to admit that he "never felt cool" in the starring role.

 

Radcliffe was just 11 when he was cast as the Boy Who Lived.
Radcliffe was just 11 when he was cast as the Boy Who Lived.

"What's cool about that stuff is I never as a kid, you're just insecure at that age," admits Radcliffe. "I never felt cool at any point playing that character … and people thought that was pretty cool, it's nice."

At age 11, Radcliffe achieved international stardom when he was cast as the lead in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 2001, which was based on the best-selling novel by J.K. Rowling.

Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint became household names. Credit: AP Photo/Warner Bros.
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint became household names. Credit: AP Photo/Warner Bros.

Not only did the film become a box-office sensation, but the eight-film series spanned Radcliffe's late childhood - and set him up for life. The franchise ended its run in 2011 and skyrocketed the young actor's net worth to nearly US$100 million (A$139.3 million).

Radcliffe managed to escape the child star curse, however, and has gone on to enjoy a scandal-free Hollywood career. He credited his parents for providing a sense of normalcy over the years.

"From my point of view, I feel like my parents set a ridiculously high bar for me when I become a parent," he told Fox News in December 2017.

Continued Radcliffe: "I just look back and go, 'Man, they really made things easy for me and comprehensible and not scary.' I don't think they were ever thinking, 'We have to do this.' I think my mum and dad were just parenting very instinctively.

"Not that I'm saying I'm an amazing person, but I just feel like they did a really good job."


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