Harry Potter star Rupert Grint struggled with fame aged 10 but has ‘drive back’
Harry Potter star Rupert Grint has finally “got a bit of drive” – eight years after the last film.
The Ron Weasley actor has admitted he did not cope well with fame after shooting to stardom aged 10.
He found it difficult to break out of his role as Harry’s ginger best mate in the boy wizard movies.
The 31-year-old said he “sat back on my laurels” after early success – but now has the magic back.
Rupert said: “I went through a stage of feeling a bit hemmed in.
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“The fame thing was a tricky thing to understand, being shy, so to suddenly not have that invisibility was a lot to take on. There’s this classic child actor thing where people are waiting for you to go off the rails. But we were very well protected.”
Rupert confessed he found it “daunting” being “out in the big wide world” when it ended.
Afterwards his co-stars Daniel Radcliffe, who admitted to drinking heavily to cope with the fame, and Emma Watson went to Hollywood.
Asked if it got competitive after the Potter era, Rupert – thought to be worth £25million – said: “I suppose naturally, but I don’t really think about that. It’s not so much competitive because I have a different level of ambition. I’ve always valued my free time.”
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