Daniel Radcliffe Positive He Can Put Harry Potter Behind Him And Find Own Success
The actor revealed that he wants to put HP under the invisibility cloak for good as he looks towards the future
Daniel Radcliffe will forever be associated with Harry Potter, that's a given and something he is more than aware of, but he by no means wants to sit back and rely on his HP fame to coast through the rest of his life. On the contrary, Radcliffe is determined to make a name for himself as an established and accomplished actor, and he already has a few roles lined up that could already cement his place as a Hollywood regular, rather than another disposable child actor.
The actor is thankful of his past, but wants to concentrate on his future
The 24-year-old recently sat down with The New York Times for an interview, in which he detailed some of the impeccably thorough work he has put into honing his trade and separating himself from 'the boy who lived.' As the Harry Potter franchise continues to possess a strong, adoring fan base, and with Warner Brothers looking to expand the franchise with potentially two new films, Radcliffe has decided to put it all behind him and move on with his life and career.
"I was struggling in vain to not come close to making a face that would make people think of Harry," Daniel recalls when discussing his first, non-Potter starring role, The Woman in Black. "It's just my face. I have to accept the fact that my face is going to remind people of Harry because I played that character. If I try to avoid being expressive in that same way, all I'll do is stop being expressive, and I won't be any farther away from that character."
Despite admitting that he has nothing but the upmost respect for the Potter films and the opportunities they gave him, he has been embracing the new opportunities that have since been thrust his way, such as his role in the upcoming Allen Ginsberg biopic, Kill Your Darlings.
"I have a massive chip on my shoulder," he explains. "When you fall into something at age 11 and get paid incredible amounts of money for your entire teenage years for doing a job anyone would want, there is a part of you that thinks everybody is just saying, 'He got there because he fell into it; he's not really an actor.'"
The budding Hollywood mainstay has been working hard to ensure that he cements his place among the acting greats, and is already being recognised as character existing outside of Hogwarts. Although he admits that it has "taken a long time to feel like [he's] earned the place" where he is now, he is starting to feel less skeptical as to where his fame can be attributed, and maybe soon, we all think of Radcliffe as the great actor, and not the great wizard.
Kill Your Darlings arrives 8 November.
Daniel Radcliffe has been lauded for his turn as Allen Ginsberg