Daniel Radcliffe is completely normal. This is always worth pointing out, because the young British actor has made it through his teenage years with barely a bump, an achievement indeed considering his turn at the centre of the world's biggest film franchise has meant that everything has been far from normal around him.
How has he done it? Well, to mark the arrival of the entire Potter franchise to the Sky Movies service, Daniel Radcliffe has sat down for a brand new, in-depth one hour interview in which he discusses his experiences of growing up on set, child stardom, handling the hype and media attention that came with the phenomenon, as well as life after Potter.
Daniel Radcliffe - proof that not all child stars can fall off the tracks
On Being Harry Potter
Whatever opportunities I get for the rest of my life; 99% of them you can trace back to the fact that I got this amazing job when I was 10. I still maintain that there is no place more fun for a boy than a film set: it's just great cause it's mad and there's lots of stuff to play with and climb on - I loved it; it was great. It's very hard when you are in the middle of something this big to fully appreciate - because it's always such a part of my life, that I don't notice when it takes over other people's lives for a few weeks of the year when the posters are everywhere and the films are coming out and it's a really big deal; there's all the pre-release hype going on.
On Handling The Hype
I just thought it was silly and funny - we had a great reaction to it as a family; anytime we saw a poster with me on it I would just stand in front of it and have a photo taken with it! Which is a really touristy kind of thing to do, I suppose. We didn't ever find it weird, I have always found it hilarious that I'm suddenly on posters. Just the other day somebody sent me a picture of their son standing with a life-size Lego version of myself and that stuff, still, is really funny. I mean it's bizarre but I've never found that odd or creepy, I've just always found it funny. If you start letting that stuff get to you then you're in the wrong job because there is a lot of it!
The 'Harry Potter' star's family made him see the funny side of fame
On Being A Teenager
When I was a teenager I was thinking "why can't I just go out like all my friends are? Why can't I just go to clubs?" And frankly, I have been to clubs since and they're not really my thing anyway I've discovered, which is quite lucky for me. A lot of my friends would be like "do you want to come here tonight?" and I was like "no, I'm getting up at 5.30am for work tomorrow, I can't."
The teenage social world is like a soap opera; I don't watch soap operas because I know if I miss a week's worth of episodes then I'll come back and the entire cast has changed or something - I cannot keep up with those storylines! And basically if you're out of the loop of a teenage social world for 11 months of a year, you can't just come back and walk back into it because everyone's changed so much so I did feel disconnected from people my own age, but I also felt lucky to be so connected to people older than me.
Because you know when you're a teenager you're all going through the same thing; you're all moaning and acting as if the problems that you're having now are the biggest problems you'll ever face in your life. I was on a film set with people who have all been through this stuff and could all turn around to me and say: "It's fine. In a year's time you will not even remember this girl. Or... That fight with your friend is so unimportant in the grand scheme of things."
'I'm a geek'
On Child Stardom
I was by no means a natural at this; what I've learned I've learned through application and hard work. This is something I was aware of from a very young age: If I can make it out the other side of this, and forge a career for myself for the next, however long, then any other child actor who comes after me will hopefully not have to deal with all those irritating questions because if me and Rupert and Emma can do it in the most successful franchise ever, then that puts the argument to bed. I really want to prove all the people wrong who assumed when I got the part that we wouldn't ever carry on beyond 'Potter'. I've already done stuff towards that; Equus, My Boy Jack, December Boys Woman In Black - these are the first steps in what is going to be a very long process.
On press scrutiny
Generally it' been amazing and fantastic and I wouldn't swap it for anything and, aside from all of the stuff that all teenagers go through; with girls and self-doubt - which doesn't really leave when you stop being a teenager, but there have been moments with the press where it has been quite tough and you do feel... there's an overwhelming sense of people waiting and wanting us to slip up. That is quite upsetting I suppose; that there are people in the world who are willing you to fall on your face because frankly, they don't care if you live or die - they just want to sell papers or be able to do some 'How It All Went Wrong' documentary.
Daniel Radcliffe used to read terrible things about himself on the internet
The worst thing I did - it's been well documented that I never read anything about myself in the papers or on the internet or anything but when I was 14, I did - I went on the internet and Googled myself and obviously there were a lot of people saying nice things but you don't see them, you only see the people who are just vile about you and that is just really, really strange - the assumption that they know me and that they have a right to talk about me that way; it's just so unbelievably arrogant of some people. So yeah, that I did find quite upsetting and that did affect me for a while, particularly as a teenager.
On Life After Potter
Somebody said to me after Potter are you not going to take a break? And I said no, I cannot afford to take a break: this is the time when the film world will be watching to see what we do next and we can't afford to be seen to be inactive: that fear of failure is something that will panic me a lot.
On Being A Film Star
It's bizarre when you meet people and they really do feel like they know you. I don't feel weird about that I just feel like "what a disappointment it must be when you meet me." I think people have an image of film stars that we're all very cool and I'm not - I am a geek. I'm obsessed with cricket, I'm happy in my own company, I'm not particularly what people want when they meet a movie star, which I'm quite happy about - I don't necessarily want to be that but I always just think - I've had experiences when I've met heroes of mine and it's been really disappointing, for whatever reason and I always worry when people meet me that they might go through a similar experience.
Experience the magic of all 8 Harry Potter movies on Sky Movies and watch Daniel Radcliffe: Being Harry Potter in full this Friday at 7pm on Sky Movies Showcase HD
J.K. Rowling, author of the best-selling Harry Pot
J.K. Rowling, author of the best-selling Harry Potter children's books autographs one of her works during a book signing 20 October, 1999 in Washington, DC. Rowling's books, featuring Harry Potter a fictional orphan who attends a school for wizards, have become controversial in recent weeks as parents in a South Carolina school district seek to have the books banned for violent content.
Celebs Attend Premiere of "Harry Potter" Movie
Actor Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter, arrives for the world premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' November 4, 2001 in London. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" Premiere
Actor Daniel Radcliffe (R) and Actor Robbie Coltrane attend the premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' November 11, 2001 at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. (Photo by George De Sota/Getty Images)
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets Premiere
Actor Daniel Radcliffe, 12-years-old, arrives for the 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' world premiere November 3, 2002 in London, England. Radcliffe plays the part of child wizard Harry Potter. The movie is director Christopher Columbus's second installment of the series based on J.K. Rowling's tales of wizardry. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Rupert Grint and Tacoma at the Los Angeles premiere of ' Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' at the Village Theatre, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.
Emma Watson arrives for the world premiere of the new film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in central London 03 November 2002. Emma Watson plays Hermione Granger in the second Harry Potter film The Chamber of secrets, the sequel to The Philosopher Stone. AFP PHOTO Nicolas ASFOURI.
Emma Watson arrives for the world premiere of the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in central London 03 November 2002. Emma Watson plays Hermione Granger in the second Harry Potter film The Chamber of secrets, the sequel to The Philosopher Stone. AFP PHOTO Nicolas ASFOURI
Tom Felton arrives for the world premiere of the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in central London 03 November 2002. Fenton plays Draco Malfoy in the second Harry Potter film The Chamber of secrets, the sequel to The Philosopher Stone. AFP PHOTO Nicolas ASFOURI
British actor Daniel Radcliffe walks past poster of their new movie 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' prior to a press conference in Tokyo, 16 December 2002. Radcliffe is in Tokyo to promote his new film. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images
Daniel Radcliffe (R), who plays Harry Potter, Emma Watson (C), who plays Hermione Granger, and Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley, smile before the premier of Harry Potter Prisoner of Azkaban at Radio City in New York 23 May 2004. AFP PHOTO/Don EMMERT
MTV TRL With Daniel Radcliffe And Emma Watson
Actors Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson appear on stage during MTV's Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios May 21, 2004 in New York City. The two are stars of the new movie Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban.
MTV TRL With Daniel Radcliffe And Emma Watson
Actors Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe appear on stage during MTV's Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios May 21, 2004 in New York City. The two are stars of the movie Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban.
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban - Photocall
Actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint pose at photocall ahead of Sunday's UK premiere of 'Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban' at Number 1 Whitehall Place on May 27, 2004 in London. The film is the third based on cult books by author J.K. Rowling. (Photo by Steve Finn/Getty Images)
Casts of British movie Harry Potter
Casts of British movie Harry Potter series, Emma Watson (C) and Rupert Grint (R) wave their hands while Daniel Radcliffe smiles on the screen at London as they hold a press conference for their latest movie 'Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban' at a Tokyo hotel 28 June 2004. Emma Watson and Rupert Grint are now here for the promotion of the movie which is now screaning here. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban - DVD Launch Party
Actor Rupert Grint, Actress Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe pose in front of the magical purple Knight bus during the Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban - DVD launch party on November 18, 2004 in London, England. The VIP party was held to celebrate the November 19 DVD release of the Harry Potter movie, based on the third book by author J K Rowling. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire
(L-R) Actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint attend the premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' on November 12, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
Awards Room At Sony Ericsson Empire Film Awards
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint pose with The Empire Outstanding Contribution Award for The Harry Potter Films during the Sony Ericsson Empire Film Awards 2006 at the Hilton London Metropole on March 13, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)
Rupert Grint, (L) Emma Watson (C), Daniel Radcliffe (R)
Actors Rupert Grint, (L) Emma Watson (C) and Daniel Radcliffe, (R) the cast of the forthcoming Harry Potter film 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix', pose for photographs in central London 25 June 2007. The film will be premiered in London 03 July. AFP PHOTO/SHAUN CURRY (
NBC's "Today" Show Concert Series Presents KT Tunstall
Actor Rupert Grint appears onstage during the NBC 'Today Show' concert series at Rockefeller Center on July 13, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
Daniel Radcliffe (C), Rupert Grint (L)
Daniel Radcliffe (C), Rupert Grint (L) and Emma Watson (R) are photographed during their hand, foot and wand prints ceremony outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre 09 July 2007 in Hollywood. The fifth Harry Potter film is scheduled to be released 13 July. AFP PHOTO/Valerie MACON
Daniel Radcliffe (C), Rupert Grint (L)
Daniel Radcliffe (C), Rupert Grint (L) and Emma Watson (R) display their hands during their hand, foot and wand prints ceremony outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre 09 July 2007 in Hollywood. The fifth Harry Potter film is scheduled to be released 13 July. AFP PHOTO/Valerie MACON
National Movie Awards 2007
Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe, winners of the award for Best Family Film for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at the National Movie Awards held at the Royal Festival Hall on September 28, 2007 in London. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images).
"Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince" Premiere - After Party
Actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint attend the 'Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince' premiere after party at American Museum of Natural History on July 9, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Daniel Radcliffe (L), Emma Watson, (C)
Daniel Radcliffe (L), Emma Watson, (C) and Rupert Grint pose for photographers as they arrive to attend the World Premiere of their latest film 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part One' in Leicester Square, central London on November 11, 2010. The stars of Harry Potter hit the red carpet in London Thursday for the world premiere of the first of two films resolving the boy wizard's adventures, after a decade in the roles that made their fortunes. Thousands of fans gathered in Leicester Square ahead of the event hoping for a glimpse of Daniel Radcliffe, 21, Emma Watson, 20, and Rupert Grint, 22, who play Harry and his best friends Hermione and Ron in all eight films. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL
"Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1" New York Premiere - Inside Arrivals
(L-R) Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Tom Felton attend the premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1' at Alice Tully Hall on November 15, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
British actors (L-R) Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe attend the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 in central London on July 7, 2011. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL
"Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2" New York Premiere - Arrivals
Tom Felton, Emma Watson, Alan Rickman, Daniel Radcliffe, David Yates, Rupert Grint, Barry M. Meyer and Matthew Lewis attend the New York premiere of 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2' at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on July 11, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Warner Bros Studio Tour London - Grand Opening
Rupert Grint attends the Grand Opening of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter on March 31, 2012 in Watford, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)