Daniel Radcliffe Is 'Intensely Embarrassed' By His 'Harry Potter' Acting

Bill Bradley
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Daniel Radcliffe in "Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone." (Photo: Peter Mountain/WireImage/Getty Images)
Daniel Radcliffe in "Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone." (Photo: Peter Mountain/WireImage/Getty Images)

Daniel Radcliffe is The Boy Who Lived ... with serious embarrassment.

In honour of two decades of the “Harry Potter” and “Lord of the Rings” movies, Radcliffe chatted with his kind-of-sort-of doppelgänger Elijah Wood and reflected on the franchises for Empire Magazine. And according to Radcliffe, being a famous boy wizard is not always magical.

“It’s hard to separate my relationship with Harry from my relationship with the films as a whole,” he said, according to Digital Spy. “I’m incredibly grateful for the experience. It showed me what I want to do with the rest of my life. To find out early on what you love is really lucky.”

“I’m intensely embarrassed by some of my acting, obviously [laughs], but yeah, it’s like asking, ‘How do you feel about your teenage years?’” he added. “There’s so much in there that it’s almost impossible to single out one feeling.”

The comments seem to echo what the actor told HuffPost in an interview last year.


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“My entire life and career is built on luck and privilege,” Radcliffe said at the time. “I got incredibly lucky when I was 10 or 11 and then that afforded me opportunities that I would unquestionably not have been afforded had I not had that stroke of luck.”

Since “Harry Potter,” the actor has forged his own unique path, flexing his (now very unembarrassing) thespian skills in a number of weird, wacky and profound roles. He also handles the massive fame from his childhood with grace, being accommodating to fans (as long as they don’t approach him at the gym) and always ready to answer even the silliest “Harry Potter” questions.

So 10 points to Radcliffe for his brutal honesty and outstanding moral fiber.

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This article originally appeared on HuffPost Australia and has been updated.