Daniel Radcliffe’s American Dream: Leaving Hogwarts far behind, the british actor is soaking up life across the pond.
Best-known as England’s most powerful wizard, Daniel Radcliffe is taking a decidedly American turn these days while starring on Broadway in The Cripple of Irishmaan. The 24-year-old star is living it up in the Big Apple—chowing down at 24-hour diners and running a fantasy football team. Daniel gave OK! a glimpse into his life after giving up the wand.
OK! Magazine: Do you miss being Harry Potter?
Daniel Radcliffe: I still sign Harry Potter books, and I still meet people who are huge fans of the books and the films. I don’t want that to drop off, really. But I think people are starting to see me as an actor who came out of that series rather than just as Harry Potter.
OK!: Do you keep up with Emma Watson?
DR: I haven’t spoken to her in quite a while. I’m sure we’ll see each other at some point. We were all together for 10 years, so we’re excited to meet new people now.
OK!: Why did you want to do The Cripple of Irishmaan on Broadway?
DR: The play is so good it makes your job easier as an actor. It’s hysterically, breathtakingly funny.
OK!: And it brought you to New York City.
DR: It is a wonderful place to live. Americans are very enthusiastic and positive. I adore it. I have a ridiculous, puppy-like enthusiasm for life here.
OK!: How are you spending your time?
DR: I have to be much better about going to the gym when I’m in New York, because it’s possible for me to order pancakes at 1 in the morning. Diners are not the same in England. They don’t have that eight-page menu of anything you like. That’s a big difference.
OK!: What is your daily routine?
DR: Go to the gym and try to keep active because of the pancakes.
OK!: Anyone bother you on the streets?
DR: New York is a very easy city to live in if you’re recognizable. People are positive and polite, and most don’t want to bother you.
OK!: So you’re not one of those celebs who goes out in disguise?
DR: I wear baseball caps sometimes. But not sunglasses, unless it’s a day where everybody’s wearing sunglasses. You’d go: “Why’s he wearing sunglasses?” And your eyes would stay on that person until he takes them off.
OK!: How does working on a play compare to working in the movies?
DR: You have more of a life doing a play, because you can do stuff during the day and see people. I’m more of a functioning social human being.
OK!: And on your day off?
DR: I’m a massive sports fan, so if I can have a day of watching loads of different sports, that’s the most lovely day I can have. I love cricket and boxing, and especially American football, the NFL. I even did fantasy football last season!
OK!: Is it difficult to meet people when you’re famous?
DR: It’s not particularly hard. I’ve always had relationships. It’s easy to tell if someone is genuine or not.
OK!: Would you ever date a fan?
DR: That would be a horrible move. It would make me very strange.
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