n-tv interview (DE)

German n-tv channel's Anna Meinecke interviewed Daniel in promotion of Miracle Workers: Dark Ages (series 2). The series is available on TNT Comedy in Germany.

Translation by Daniel J Radcliffe Holland.

Mr. Radcliffe, you clearly have a lot of fun with Miracle Workers. Why is that?
The show is hilarious. Sounds banal, doesn't it? But I'm really just amazed at how she can be so goofy and daft, but at the same time incredibly clever and clever. Maintaining balance is an immense challenge for comedy writers. I could not do it. And then everything looks great too. Have you seen the sets?

Yes I have.
Aren't they incredible? I haven't seen such an elaborate design since Harry Potter. Miracle Workers is not a glossy drama, but a half-hour comedy format. We have sets like Game of Thrones and jokes like The Simpsons. I really enjoy coming to work right now.

Would you have thought that you would get so excited about a series engagement?
In fact, I'll hold onto this job for as long as I can. I love my job, but there is often a lot of stress associated with it. Working with new people is a crucial factor. As an actor you are best when you are maximally relaxed. If you worry about how you will get on with colleagues you have just met, it is a terrible distraction. Miracle Workers is a fantastic project, it is well written, but above all I work with people I love, with whom I also enjoy spending time privately and in whose presence I enjoy working well. Isn't that nice?

In every group there is always the funny one, the one with the good advice and so on. What role do you play among your cast members?
I would like to be who people come to when there is a problem. I'm definitely not the funniest. This is John Bass. And when it comes to any logistical question, Karan Soni is the contact. He reads every contract from cover to cover before he signs it - no other actor does that! Therefore, he always knows when we can say no, because we are not contractually obliged to do so. (laughs)

The second season of Miracle Workers could hardly be more different from the first. And you also play a completely different role. Is there still a connection between the angel Craig and Prince Chauncley?
Both characters are driven by fear for very different reasons. Both are afraid of the forces in their lives that they cannot control. I feel close to Craig in a way. He's not without flaws, but at heart he's a very decent, hard-working guy. Chauncley, on the other hand, grew up in a privileged bubble and is accordingly lazy. But he will learn as the series progresses that not everyone has it as well as he does. And who knows, maybe he will question his previous life. First of all, he's terribly stupid - and that, in turn, I enjoy playing.

Is it easier to play a smart character or a less clever character?

A smart one, I suppose. As an actor, when a role is well written, all I have to do is learn the sentences in the script and I immediately sound intelligent. Playing stupid requires more acting. But wait, that sounds like I'm a little too pleased with myself right now ... (laughs)

Explain it to me!
Think of typical stupid characters like Joey from the sitcom Friends. Matt LeBlanc plays the role in a brilliantly nuanced and incredibly precise manner. Or think of Woody from the series Cheers played by Woody Harrelson. I don't know Matt LeBlanc personally, but I know Woody Harrelson is insanely intelligent. I think you can't play someone very stupid if you don't understand the character's wit.

What makes the Middle Ages such a suitable setting for Miracle Workers today?

We like to forget that people in the past did not see themselves as characters from the past. You always understand the world in which you live as the most complete, best world so far. It was no different in the Middle Ages. People have always believed that their problems are unique and so are they. We have always had to deal with chaos. We have always thought: now we are delivered. And then it went on. I think there is something liberating about that. If the series has one message at its core, it is: We are nothing special.

Is it more important for you than for others to remember it because somehow you've been special since childhood?
In any case, I learned early on that it was important. I grew up on the set. I was there the entire time I was shooting, ten or eleven months a year. All of my friends were part of the film crew - and I heard them talk about actors. Let's put it this way: You didn't want to be among those who thought they were special. Actors who think their job is more complicated or difficult than that of their colleagues on the set, I find ridiculous. Because I was aware of the fact that people might treat me differently from others, I always tried to actively counteract this. I find it very uncomfortable to get special treatment.

But surely there are also advantages to being Daniel Radcliffe?
Oh definitely. There are tremendous benefits to being famous as well. For example, it's easier to get a table in a trendy restaurant. If that's what you want, a well-known actor can live in a bubble. You can gather people around you and tell you all day long how great you are. But what kind of person does that make you? I don't want to lose myself, so I keep reminding myself: You are nothing special.

source: n-tv.de

Archive video: Scoop with Raya interview (2001)

A throwback! Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone press junket video (2001) shared on Scoop with Raya's YouTube channel.

Then & Now:

Fokus magazine interview

A new interview is published by Fokus magazine (part of the Tages Anzeiger) in Switzerland.

Translation by Daniel J Radcliffe Holland.

Daniel Radcliffe, you live in New York. How do you experience staying at home since the outbreak of the pandemic?
I'm in a very happy position: I'm not alone, I'm with my girlfriend and we don't have any children that we have to teach at home and maintain non-stop. We are all healthy. So with us everything is so far, so good. I knock on wood to keep it that way.

Which sides does your girlfriend, the actress Erin Darke, get now that the outside world hardly sees you?

I do not know. Probably my fears and neuroses. She probably gets more from them than anyone else.

What are your fears?

The usual insecurities that affect life and work. Like any actor. I haven't met anyone, no matter how successful, that isn't somehow insecure. I don't think you can ever get rid of these doubts.

Did you develop new talent during the lockdown?
No, I'm definitely not one of those people who learned a new profession during this time. I have great respect for those who sew or bake now.

How do you spend the time otherwise?
I do a lot of things with Lego: Time flies by, it's meditative and in the end you have put together something great. I've already worked my way through the Jurassic Park and Stranger Things sets. We also look at all of the seasons of Schitt's Creek and a list of films that we have never seen.

For example?
Pan's Labyrinth, Barefoot in the Park, It happened one night; Films that we both think are must-see films. But I also read a lot and yesterday I finally started writing.

What are you writing?
I am trying to write scripts. I think every day: Today is the day when I put something productive on paper, but nothing happened for weeks. All actors want to write something and I am one of them. One day I want to write a script and also direct it.

What is your script about?
I don't want to give too much away, but it's more black comedy.

You've been doing some weird comedies lately, like the cult movie Swiss Army Man in which you play a corpse. Where does it come from?
Yes, I have a reputation for preferring films that are a little bit crazy, but I also do naturalistic films like the thriller Escape from Pretoria. It also had historical elements. With Swiss Army Man I didn't know how to play the corpse. Every role I play is a challenge. sometimes the role itself is challenging, sometimes the shooting situation. For example, that you only have 16 days of shooting and have to learn fifteen to twenty pages of dialogue every day. I like that pressure. And in between I mix something that is just fun.

For example the interactive Netflix film Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend . The audience has the opportunity to make decisions about which direction to turn the story. Do you need special concentration to play different variants and to tell them apart?

We actors just had to learn the different versions of the scenes. But it's like a Rubik's Cube: I don't know how everything was cobbled together for scripting and editing. Or what the director has to consider. All respect for the performance! I would recommend going through everything and choosing the options that a morally sincere person would choose. And then again from the perspective of a bitch who only wants to see evil. What is more fun?

Netflix is everywhere right now. As an actor, what do you think of the transition from film and television productions to streaming providers?
People talk about Netflix very differently today than they did five years ago. There are worlds in between. One in eight Americans is said to have seen Bird Box on Netflix. Not me because I don't watch films that instill fear (laughs). You have to imagine such a statistic! It's an incredible platform. More shows are produced and people watch a lot too. That is ultimately positive for us. With indie films, however, there is good news and bad news.

What do you think?
I once had a meeting with a producer in a large film studio. He said if one day I want to make a movie that costs less than a million dollars or over 100 million dollars, I should come to him. Everything else in between doesn't make sense. I have never forgotten that. Netflix made the space for movies that fall between those two numbers. It's an interesting time. The industry is on the move.

What do you prefer to stream yourself?
Cartoons and documentaries. The animated series Bojack Horseman is one of my favorite shows of the past few years, and I'm not just saying this because I had a role in it. And I watch pretty much every documentary Netflix makes.

In addition to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend there is also the anthology series Miracle Workers in which you play a helper of God, played by Steve Buscemi. If you could have a conversation with God in human form, who would you want?

You know what? I would probably choose Michael Gambon - he played Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films. He has a certain aura. And it looks a bit like you're imagining God I guess. On the other hand, he's also a prankster. So if I go to heaven and Michael Gambon waits there as God, I would be pretty happy.

Another Potter Throwback: Rupert Grint, who played the redhead Ron Weasley, recently became a father. Are you still in contact with him?
Yes, I wrote to him as soon as I heard about it. I'm incredibly happy for him. He and Georgia have been together for a while and I'm sure he's a great dad. Actually crazy: in my head we are 16 years old and we have only just met.

You are now 31 years old. You have gone from being a blockbuster hero to being a character actor. How did you experience the transition?
The fact that I made the big boxes early in my career was liberating in a way. I have a lot of friends who would love to play in big blockbusters. And I understand that too. You're great, but I also know: you're not the beginning and the end of filmmaking and acting. I want to be a character actor in the lead role. Like James McAvoy.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
I just want to keep working. As an actor and as I said, hopefully one day as an author and director. I know that's a simple and boring answer. But that's my goal.

You also act in theater and have appeared in several productions on Broadway. What do you find fascinating about stage acting?

Broadway is a great place to work. The acting community is fantastic and so is the audience! I hope theater is part of my career as long as I have one.

What do you think of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?
I did not see it. It wouldn't be a relaxed affair for me. I can sneak my way into other performances relatively well without anyone recognizing me. With this piece I doubt that no one will notice that I'm there. I know Emma Watson left. I know many who have seen the play. But I would just sit there and feel watched all the time. That wouldn't be a nice evening for me.

If you had a wand now, what would you do with it?

At the moment the answer is very obvious: I would rid the world of the coronavirus.

source: fokus.swiss

La Gazette du Sorcier: 20th anniversary

French Harry Potter website La Gazette du Sorcier celebrates 20 years online. They shared the following video today featuring Wizarding World actors and actresses wishing them a very happy 20th anniversary including Daniel. His message was recorded earlier this year during the run of Endgame at The Old Vic Theatre in London.

Daniel Radcliffe reads the worst tweets of 2020

Daniel reads the worst sports tweets of 2020 for the new sports and culture website Defector. An ex–Deadspin writer started this website with old colleagues.

2020 has been an unbearable year for so many reasons. The tweets have not helped. But we can’t just ignore them. To help chronicle the year in bad online outbursts, Defector correspondent Daniel Radcliffe joins us to read some of the worst tweets of 2020 so far.
source: defector.com

Updated: Reforma article

Mexican newspaper Reforma published an exclusive interview with Daniel (plus Jason Lei Howden and Samara Weaving) in promotion of Guns Akimbo (Manos a las Armas). It can only be read if you are a subscriber. You can find the link via this site's Facebook page.

Guns Akimbo is now playing in Mexico. It's an extended interview by Juan Carlos García who spoke to him at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in 2019.

Update: Just found the full article via eldiariodeparral.mx. A translation from his quotes:

Translation by Daniel J Radcliffe Holland.

“We live in a time when everything is polarization, fights, hatred. It is not very far from reality and in this macabre, sinister and very well told game, there is a purpose: to kill the one who knows the most. I think Skizm is very significant today - it's a network that runs in the nether worlds and in these struggles, between criminals and psychotics who fight to the death, there is a lot of symbolism, especially in the digital age"

For Radcliffe this was an opportunity to prove himself on another acting record:

“I have always wanted to make characters diametrically opposed to those of a magician. In the case of this film, I approached her because of the treatment, the visual proposal and the narrative that Jason gave me, ”

source: reforma.com

On set of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

 A look behind the scenes: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone set photos in promotion of the release in China (哈利·波特).

picture source: Warner Bros

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