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Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe says he is being deluged with offers from gold-digging young girls wanting to get their hands on his multi-million pound fortune.
The 17-year-old – who is worth as estimated £23 million – says he has developed a kind of sixth sense to identify those potential suitors who are only interested in his wealth and fame.
Asked if he was dating, Radcliffe told an American magazine: ‘I do date, yes, but not at the moment.’
Asked whether he was worried that girls might just be after his fortune and fame, he replied: ‘They are always a worry, yes, but I’ve got pretty good instincts for people.
‘Normally, the people who are not genuine are the ones who say “You know I’m not just being your friend because you’re Harry Potter, right?” And it’s like. Uh, fine, but if that’s the case, why do you need to say that?’
Radcliffe started dating for the first time when he was 16, when a 23-year-old trainee hairdresser working on the Harry Potter set caught his eye.
Irish-born Amy Byrne met Radcliffe in the summer of 2004 during filming of the fourth movie in the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. They regularly visited each other’s homes and went on dates together.
But the couple eventually split due to his punishing schedule to promote Goblet of Fire in London while Miss Byrne flew off to work as a hairstylist and makeup artist on a Turkish movie set.
For the past year, Radcliffe is not thought to have had a serious girlfriend.
Radcliffe also spoke to Newsweek of how visitors to set often get ‘awestruck’ by his presence.
He said: ‘I suppose visitors to the set sometimes will be slightly awestruck, and that’s odd for me because I know myself, and I know there’s really nothing to be awestruck about.
‘The premieres are very odd because you get out of the car and there are hundreds of people screaming your name.’
He added: ‘People recognising you is not really an issue. In fact, one of the best moments of the Reading Festival for me was on the first day: My friends and I walked out of this tent, and there was this guy passed out on the floor. He woke up, just momentarily, went, (in slurred, drunken voice) “It’s Harry Potter!” and collapsed again.’
Radcliffe, who sprung to fame as the title character in BBC’s David Copperfield at just ten-years-old, also said people confused his character with himself.
‘Harry’s grown up on film, but not me. I don’t really have a sense of myself growing up on film because I’ve done so much growing up off film, as well. I was really angry as a teenager – just all those hormones in your system – and irritable, impatient, bored.
‘I’ve had my moments of getting really angry, irrationally, but to be honest, they are few and far between nowadays. What have I got, really, to be angry about? I’ve got a few things that I would change, but I’ve got a great life.’
Radcliffe who was privately educated on set and at the City of London School, achieved straight A grades in his three AS-levels this summer.
He added: ‘I definitely want to continue being an actor. I love it so much. But I want to write as well.
‘I’m going to take the year off and then review the (university) situation. I’m doing a play Equus next year, so there’s no way I could do eight performances week and do (university).’
The teenager said making his stage debut naked on London’s West End would strip away some of his image.
‘Part of me wants to shake up people’s perception of me, just shove me in a blender. If I’d gone into the theatre and done something light and fluffy, everyone would have just gone, “Oh”, that’s not particularly challenging. It doesn’t prove anything.
“But this is a really challenging play, and if I can pull it off – we don’t know if I can yet – I hope people will actually stop and think, “Maybe he can something other than Harry”,’ he said.
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