You guys, Dumbledore would so not approve of this. Good thing Daniel Radcliffe wasn’t a member of Hufflepuff, because I doubt they’d tolerate the fact that he used to drown his fears surrounding fame in alcohol during his Harry Potter days. I wasn’t prepared for how much this admission would depress me, despite the fact that I completely understand it. I mean, that level of fame can’t be easy for anyone to navigate through – especially not a cast of actors who basically came of age on set for nearly a decade.
“I would have benefited from not drinking as it was not making me as happy as I wanted it to. It is not a real pressure but it is a pressure of living with the thought, “Oh, what if all these people are saying I am not going to have a career? What if they are all going to be right and will be laughing and I will be consigned to a bunch of ‘Where are they now?’ lists?” The drinking was unhealthy and damaging to my body and my social life. That’s beyond question. I was living in constant fear of who I’d meet, what I might have said to them, what I might have done with them, so I’d stay in my apartment for days and drink alone.”
He went on to admit that he felt he was somewhat of a “recluse” at 20 years old, and that an actual intervention of sorts had to be staged to get him to snap out of it, which he completely agreed with. So this isn’t just your run-of-the-mill story about a young Hollywood actor going out on a few benders. This story actually hurts my heart. It appears as though Daniel was teetering dangerously close to Lindsay Lohan territory, and I for one am incredibly happy to see he did get through it successfully. He refused to become just another sad, young celebrity story.
As someone who understands what it’s like to be your own worst enemy and that the space inside your head can be a tough place sometimes, I can’t imagine having to experience those kinds of feelings and the Harry Potter hysteria at the same time. Can we just start a slow clap for Daniel Radcliffe right now, please? Luckily, he doesn’t resent any of what he’s been through:
“I always will credit the opportunities I get to Harry Potter. I would not be a happy person if I was bitter about those ten years of my life.”
Well said, my friend. 100 points to Gryffindor! (I had to.)