Post-Potter, Daniel Radcliffe isn't looking to be the next Harry Potter
Say it ain't so! Daniel Radcliffe is preparing to pull out his Nimbus 2000 and sweep Harry Potter under the rug in an effort to break away from his child-star image.
"The next 12 months are going to be quite telling," he told MTV News. "If I had been taking some time off and not doing stuff I think the temptation in terms of the media and the public, to a certain extent, is [that] if you don't hear from a child star for a while, you can kind of condemn them to the been-and-gone pile. I wanted to make sure that didn't happen."
Well, it's no secret that he has been a child star. The actor got his start in the boy-wizard films at the ripe age of 11 and viewers have seen him grow up onscreen. Now he's 21 and gearing up for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part II," the last installment of the eight-film series, whose few photos already have fans' wands in a knot.
Radcliffe has, however, taken on other roles while doing the fantasy films. He's now starring on Broadway in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and starred in "Equus" in 2008, famously going nude for a dimly lit scene. He'll hit the big screen again as a lawyer in the supernatural thriller "The Woman in Black," due out in early 2012.
"I wanted to make sure people knew that I wanted to work and I didn't necessarily want to take the easy option of immediately signing up to another huge tent-pole fantasy series," he said. "For me, I get very, very bored unless I'm doing something that challenges me and makes me jump through a few hoops."
For our own sake, we're going to avoid the conclusion that he got bored with the Potter series.
Radcliffe isn't alone in paving a post-franchise path: "Harry Potter" costar Emma Watson decided to take a break from studies at Brown University to continue her acting career, becoming the new face of Lancôme cosmetics and a design collaborator for Alberta Ferretti in the process. Rupert Grint, the films' lovable Ronald Weasley, is also continuing to take new roles outside the fantasy genre and is slated to appear in "Comrade" and "Eddie the Eagle." He too did a few nonwizarding films while taking part in the franchise.
Wethinks these kids will be all right. What say you, readers? Are you sad to see the "Harry Potter" stars move on? Are you excited about their new endeavors?
— Nardine Saad
Photos, from top: Daniel Radcliffe as the title character in 2009's "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"; Rupert Grint, from top, Radcliffe and Emma Watson in 2000's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." Credits: Warner Bros. ; Terry O'Neill / Warner Bros.