He’s been an international movie star for decades, but Daniel Radcliffe is far from old. His taste in movies leans towards the classics, but in terms of typical human life, he has a long way to go. Harry Potter He had to grow up quickly, just like Radcliffe (while also dealing with a brain disorder that makes everyday tasks difficult). He found fame before he was a teenager, but Radcliffe, still young, felt old when he tried to play. Minecraft and saw Olivia Rodrigo meet with the president.
Radcliffe ignored his parents’ acting advice and became a star
Radcliffe knew that acting was the career for him from a very young age. His mother took him to a play early in his life and he declared his desire to act. Radcliffe’s parents discouraged his dream of acting at first, but took him to his first audition and supported him when he faced the challenges of fame.
His first role, as Young David in a BBC production of David Copperfieldled directly to Harry Potter. Dame Maggie Smith acted alongside Radcliffe in David Copperfield and recommended it for Harry Potter. The rest is history.
He became a famous child star overnight due to Potterbut Radcliffe felt old when he saw another young star walking the halls of the White House.
Radcliffe felt old for the ‘defining moments’ playing ‘Minecraft’ and watching Olivia Rodrigo in the White House
Radcliffe was born in 1989, so he has a long way to go before his 40th birthday. By almost any measure, he is not old, but Radcliffe felt old twice in his relatively young life. Once was when he first played Minecraft. The other came when she saw Disney star Olivia Rodrigo meet with President Joe Biden at the White House.
“Minecraft and Olivia Rodrigo have been two of the ‘Oh, I’m old’ moments recently,” Radcliffe told Wired (via Youtube).
“Minecraft, obviously, a few years ago. He was playing with my godson, or trying to play, and he was like explaining it to me, and I was saying all the old stuff like, ‘I don’t get it. How is a game? When… when does it end? It sounds great, I just can’t do it.”
Rodrigo visited the White House in July 2021 (video via Youtube) to tour it, meet President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, and encourage young people to get vaccinated to help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Radcliffe saw the appearance and felt old once again.
“And then Olivia Rodrigo was the same when she was in the White House. And I was like, ‘Oh, you’re famous enough to be in the White House, and this is the first time I’ve heard of you.’ But I fully accept that it’s up to me, not anyone else. But those have been real defining moments recently.”
Radcliffe felt old watching Rodrigo roam the White House, and moviegoers of a certain age might feel the same way about their next project.
Soon we will see Radcliffe as Weird Al Yankovic
Since playing perhaps the world’s most famous fictional wizard, Radcliffe has tackled some eclectic roles.
Radcliffe played a grieving boyfriend who grows horns hornsIgor in a reinvention of the legend of Frankenstein in victor frankensteina corpse in swiss army manand a villain in both now you see me 2 Y The lost City.
The next time we see Radcliffe on screen, it will be as Weird Al Yankovic in Weird: The Al Yankovic Storywhich began filming in early 2022. Radcliffe stars as young Weird Al. It’s not known if Radcliffe felt old playing a younger version of the longtime music star, but he’s excited to see the finished product, as he told Jimmy Fallon (via Youtube).
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