Daniel Radcliffe turned to alcohol after finding fame at a young age due to his role as Harry Potter.
The 30-year-old actor played the young wizard in the movie adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s hit novels from 2001 to 2011 and, speaking during a new interview on BBC Radio 4’s “Desert Island Discs”, he said that the role turned him into an alcoholic.
“If I went out and if I got drunk, I’d suddenly be aware of there being interest in that because it’s not just a drunk guy,” the star shared. “It’s ‘Oh, Harry Potter’s getting drunk in the bar.’ And then as you get very drunk, you become aware that ‘Oh, people are watching more now because now I’m getting very drunk, so I should probably drink more to ignore that more.’ “
Daniel confessed part of the issue came as a result of increasing fears surrounding the future of his career after the franchise came to an end, adding: “A lot of drinking that happened towards the end of Potter and for a little bit after it finished, it was panic, a little bit not knowing what to do next – not being comfortable enough in who I was to remain sober.”
“You can also just see people go to drugs and drink because it’s fun and they’re available and it seems like a good idea, and there’s nobody around you talking about the consequences or being honest about that.”
The star, who has been sober since 2010, praised his parents and fellow “Harry Potter” actors “who were able to give me enough perspective on my life and help me at key moments.”