InStyle magazine interview (DE) - Daniel J Radcliffe Holland


InStyle magazine interview (DE)

InStyle Germany had a chance to talk with Daniel in Toronto. It's an interview in promotion of the cinema release of Horns.

Translation by Daniel J Radcliffe Holland.

Girls are still screaming when they show up somewhere. Will you ever get used to it?
(Laughs) Is that possible? It is crazy, but also flattering. I see it sporty and laugh about it, otherwise it will not work. The popularity I got from "Harry Potter," the fame, the media hype, the damn cameras, that was annoying. But "Harry Potter" was the chance of my life. Otherwise we would not be sitting here. If you ask me what I spend my money on, then these are not luxurious things at all. The best I can buy for that is having the choice and freedom and control. I do not have to work to pay my bills. That is an unimaginable luxury.

Your new movie "Horns" is a pretty crazy trip. You play a kind of devil, the horns grow.

That's the fantastic thing about this project. A dream is just a dream and does not fit in any genre. You do not have to put everything in a drawer or a box. One should be much more rebellious as an artist.

Why do you want to be rebellious?
This is more fun and a challenge for the audience. People want to be challenged and even see things that are not so compliant. Many movie bosses disagree and want to put everything into a simple formula. I think that's wrong. We see a whole new Daniel Radcliffe in real life and in the cinema.

You look more self-confident, grown-up.

Everything changed when I was on stage in New York for a year. That was an important experience for me. This has made me much looser and got a whole new confidence. I actually grew up and feel better in my skin. I have more life experience and the feeling of having become a better actor. I am still working hard. But now I do it to make the movie good, not to compensate for my insecurity.

How would you describe your new attitude to life?

I feel freer. And I have learned to let go. I used to think too much in the past. It's strange to grow up in front of the camera in the teenage years. And I was very unsure about my appearance. That's why I shut myself off, which is very counterproductive for my work. I'm not worried about what I look like now.

You have been hugely successful so far. Do you have such luck in love?
I think I'm pretty happy overall. I would call myself a relaxed guy and dislike such extroverted women. That's why I always went out with similarly relaxed women. So we were already on the same wavelength.

Then you have a good feel for relaxed women?
Somehow, I instinctively chose the right ones. I once argued seriously with my girlfriend in two years. I think that's a pretty good quota, right? Besides, I'll probably take an example from my parents. They've been together for a good thirty years now and they're still a great couple, still in love and a good team.

How do you, as a star, get to know a woman?

I met all my friends, except for one, at the shoot. If there is a place where I'm relaxing, it's a movie set. That's how I feel about presenting my best side. I am more myself than in a bar or club. At work you get to know each other very well. We knew what we were getting into before we went out for the first time. This is different than addressing a stranger in a club.

At some point you started working intensively on your body. What significance does sport have in your life?
My program consists of running, weight training and muscle building. I started when I was hired for Equus. Because I had to stand naked on stage. For my film "Horns" I got a personal trainer.My director wanted me to look like I could beat someone up. For the first three training sessions I had to vomit once, it was so exhausting. Now I love it. If I do not go to the gym for a few days, I feel bad. I have become a happier person through sports.

Can you describe this happiness?
I feel good in my body. And sport has a positive effect on the sex life. He cleanses the soul. I know, if I go jogging in the morning, it will be a good day. My dad is 55 years old now (gets his cell phone out of his pocket). Here is a picture of him. You know what most men look like at this age. My father looks five years younger, often goes to the gym and is in great shape. I run faster than him, but in all other areas he is fitter than me. Also in this relationship he is my role model. I would like to look like that also at 55.


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