Daniel Radcliffe Confessed Being Booed Was One of the Hardest Parts of Childhood Fame

Daniel Radcliffe, as one of the most famous child performers, was not an exception to the rule. While the Harry Potter actor does not speak out against fame like many other celebrities, he recalls a harrowing incident from his youth.

Autograph hunters came for Daniel Radcliffe

In an interview with The Off Camera Show, Radcliffe discussed an instance in which autograph hunters booed him. The now-32-year-old stated, “I don’t believe I ever felt in danger; Potter fans don’t give out that vibe. “As a child, I would boo the item that sucked, the thing that dug its way in and was quite uncomfortable.”
He explained further, “There are professional hunters in the world that make a living from hunting, and I have no problem with that. Some individuals can do it and will do it in an acceptable manner, which is lovely, while others will boo and yell at a child.
Sadder still, Radcliffe maintains he was not purposefully ignoring them. After a day of press at a premiere, he refused to sign autographs only when he lacked the time.
Radcliffe acquired a neurotic desire to sign autographs, presumably due to how terrible it was. The English actor vented, “As a child, it was terrible to hear people booing and yelling at and about you. I recall that being incredibly discouraging.”

Radcliffe’s instant rise to fame

As soon as the first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was released in theatres in 2001, the then-11-year-old gained a worldwide following for J.K. Rowling’s creation. Radcliffe starred in the film Harry Potter and the other seven films in the series for the uninitiated. It was all uphill from there on out.
After more than a decade of portraying a wizard in the Harry Potter book, Radcliffe desired to play a completely different character after the series concluded. One of his earliest attempts was the play Equus, which he famously stripped on set.

When asked about his unique part in the drama, Radcliffe replied, “For my first performance on stage, I couldn’t do something half-hearted. It wasn’t so much that I wanted to get as far away from Harry Potter as I wanted to prove that I was in it for the right reasons and truly challenge myself.”

The Lost City actress continued, “Since then, directors have told me that, even if they didn’t recognize it at the time, the fact that it occurred put me on their radar as someone eager to try new things.”

What has Daniel Radcliffe been up to since?

In addition to his role in Equus, Radcliffe has also appeared in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Endgame, and The Cripple of Inishmaan.

He has starred in several independent and mainstream films, including Horns, The Woman in Black, Kill Your Darlings, What If, Trainwreck, Victor Frankenstein, Swiss Army Man, and most recently, The Lost City. Radcliffe has also appeared in the television shows A Young Doctor’s Notebook and Miracle Workers, which are currently in their third season.

The former child star is one of those performers you feel you’ve known your entire life. For some, he will always be Harry. Time will tell if he will reprise the role or return for the adaption of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. “I never say never because that’s a stupid thing to say,” he stated.

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