Daniel Radcliffe: ‘You Can’t Possibly Imagine What It’s Like To Live Inside This Head’
First Published: August 13, 2008 8:22 PM EDT Credit: Associated Press
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Thanks to the success of the “Harry Potter” film series, Daniel Radcliffe is a fairly recognizable face. But with being famous comes a host of expectations from your co-workers.
“They’re always expecting some terrible person to turn up,” Radcliffe told the September issue of Vogue magazine. “So you try to make sure that they know that you’re intelligent and not horrible. Then you try to be rugged and sexy – but only after smart and lovable.”
Radcliffe, who will shortly begin his first-ever run on Broadway, reprising his role in “Equus,” told the magazine he was originally discouraged from pursuing the acting craft by his mother. She changed her mind however, allowing him to audition for a television version of “David Copperfield” in his native Britain, after he ran into educational trouble.
“I was having a hard time at school, in terms of being crap and everything with no discernible talent,” he said.
These days, not only does Radcliffe have major acting chops as exemplified by Potter and the success he achieved with “Equus’” London run, but he revealed he is witty wordsmith as well, often boggling his friends with what comes out of his mouth.
“A friend of mine once said, ‘God—the things you say!’” Radcliffe noted. “I thought, ‘Imagine the things I don’t say.’ You can’t possibly imagine what it’s like to actually live inside this head.”
But his thoughts don’t always stay in his head or come out through his mouth. Radcliffe said he also enjoys putting pen to paper, sometimes more than he enjoys acting.
“Poetry’s this wonderful, sort of secret thing you’ve got going that you don’t tell anybody about,” he said. “Unless, or course, it’s published or you talk to a journalist about it. Acting has confines; poetry has none.”
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