Fans of Harry Potter have followed the three stars of the franchise as if they were our own friends. After 10 years in the spotlight playing some of the most famous characters in children's literature, Daniel Radcliffe is happy to have been a part of the series, but he's not the same little boy we met in 2001.
After spending so much of his life as a celebrity, Radcliffe had a stint where he was finding comfort with his level of fame in the bottom of a bottle. In 2012, Radcliffe opened up about his past experiences with alcohol, admitting that while he didn't drink at work, he would come onto set after a binge which later affected his work:
I went into work still drunk. I can point to many scenes where I'm just gone. Dead behind the eyes. I have a very addictive personality. It was a problem.
Since then, the Harry Potter actor has maintained his sobriety and with new movies like Victor Frankenstein coming out and a great relationship with Erin Darke, all seems to be going well in the life of Daniel Radcliffe.
But when Radcliffe recently sat down with Playboy to discuss his upcoming projects and answer some personal questions, his past issues with alcohol were bound to come up.
Radcliffe gave some insight into those darker years, saying a lot of what fueled his inebriation was feeling self-conscious of his fame and childhood title. Living life under the microscope of the public eye can't be easy for anyone, even someone whose entire adult life has been on display:
Anytime I'd go out to dance, camera phones would come out. That would make me very self-conscious, and what's the easiest way to escape being self-conscious? Alcohol is a quick way of doing that.
I think most of us can understand that the feeling of social awkwardness can be swiftly swept away with a few swigs of alcohol, which makes his current sobriety all the more commendable.
When asked to elaborate on past statements he's made about his addiction, Radcliffe promptly shut down the question, saying:
It becomes painful to watch your personal issues that you've tried to be sincere about get turned into fodder for TV gossip shows. I was forthright about it, as you said, but once you start talking about this, that's all you talk about.
I can say lots of well-meaning stuff – why it happened and how I stopped – for three hours, and the headline would be 'DRUNK ON THE SET OF HARRY POTTER.' So I don't talk about it as much now.
Later in the interview, in response to a different question, he gave the following statement about his career and how he refuses to let anything stand in the way of him doing what he loves.
Acting was the focus for me, and I wasn’t going to do anything to jeopardize being an actor.
I think that if he's ready to move on with his life, fans and media alike should absolutely respect his wishes and not pry too deeply. As long as Daniel Radcliffe continues to be happy and healthy, that's all we really care about.
To read more of Radcliffe's answers to Playboy's 20 Questions, be sure to visit the full article HERE.
His latest movie Victor Frankenstein, with James McAvoy, will be in theaters starting November 25.