Daniel Radcliffe Opens Up About ‘Unhealthy’ Drinking Problem
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In a fresh interview that will air on Sky Arts later in the year, Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe has talked further about how he turned to alcohol while dealing with the pressures of starring in one of the biggest film franchises in history.
As reported recently by the Mirror, the 24-year-old actor grew concerned about his alcohol use during the production of the series, especially when he would show up to set drunk from heavy drinking the night before. He claimed that his escalating use revolved around public perceptions of his career post-Harry Potter.
"It is not a real pressure, but it is a pressure of living with the thought, 'Oh, what if all these people are saying I am not going to have a career? What if they are all going to be right and will be laughing and I will be consigned to a bunch of ‘Where are they now?’ lists?"
Radcliffe elaborated on his heavy drinking with The South Bank Show host Melvyn Bragg. "I was living in constant fear of who I'd meet, what I might have said to them, what I might have done with them, so I'd stay in my apartment for days and drink alone,” he said. “I was a recluse at 20. It was pathetic – it wasn't me. I'm a fun, polite person, and it turned me into a rude bore."
But now that he’s been a teetotaler since 2010, Radcliffe has managed to shed his image as the boy magician with a prominent stage career that has included roles in Equus, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and The Cripple of Inishmaan.
"People don't shout Harry Potter at me now, they tend to know my name, which is lovely," Radcliffe said. "But I always will credit the opportunities I get to Harry Potter. I would not be a happy person if I was bitter about those 10 years of my life."