Daniel Radcliffe seems like he escaped the child star curse. As a 29-year-old adult, he appears to be rather normal. He actually seems like a nice dude, which is rare for someone who became so famous so young.
But during a recent interview for Off Camera with Sam Jones, Radcliffe admitted he briefly turned to alcohol to deal with the fame.
“There is an awareness that I really struggled with particularly in my late teens when I was going out to places for the first time where you would feel…again it could have largely been in my head but…you would feel watched when you went into a bar, when you went into a pub.
Then, in my case, the quickest way of forgetting about the fact that you were being watched was to get very drunk and then as you get very drunk, you become aware that, oh people are watching more now because now I’m getting very drunk, so I should probably drink more to ignore that more.”
He said it took a few years (and attempts) to break the cycle. He didn’t enter rehab or anything. It never really reached THAT level, but it easily could have gone there if he hadn’t recognized the problem.
“When I think of the sort of chaos that I used to invite into my life, I’m really much happier now and I think there was some part of me that was like actors have to be like crazy, cool drunks. I have to live up to this weird image that I have in my head of what it is to be a famous actor or something.
Even at the lowest point, I still loved my job so much and I loved going to set and there was never a day where my own s–t would affect how I was on set.”
Phew. I’m so glad Harry Potter didn’t become an addict.