Daniel Radcliffe Admits Drunk Harry Potter Scenes

By Valerie Tejeda 02/02/12

The star, who began drinking aged 11, sometimes performed his scenes wasted.

Radcliffe was "dead behind the eyes" in
some scenes.
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Daniel Radcliffe has revealed that he would come to the Harry Potter set drunk, but managed to keep his addiction under the radar. “People with problems like that are very adept at hiding it. It was bad,“ says the 22-year-old recovering alcoholic in a new interview with Heat magazine. “I don’t want to go into details but I drank a lot and it was daily—I mean nightly. I can honestly say I never drank at work on Harry Potter. I went into work still drunk, but I never drank at work." The actor says he can point out the some of his “drunk scenes,” describing himself as “dead behind the eyes” in them. Radcliffe, who started drinking at 11, doesn’t blame Hollywood for his addictive behavior. Instead, he says it was something that he believes was inside him. “I think it’s just in me. I loved the fact I suddenly could talk to people and feel so entertaining and so interesting,” he explains, “But after a while, you’re living under such a cloud of shame about what you’ve done and the dread of who you might see, what you might have said to them, what you might have done with them. You either have to change something or give into that shame and I wasn’t prepared to do that at 21.” The star is now sober.

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Entertainment journalist and author Valerie Tejeda spends her days reporting on books, television, and all things pertaining to pop culture, and spends her nights writing novels for teens. Her stories have appeared on a variety of different publications, including but not limited to: VanityFair, MTV, The Huffington Post, TeenVogue, She Knows, Latina, The Fix, Salon.com, Cosmopolitan, and more. You can find Valerie on Linkedin and Twitter.