Harry Potter series is something we all cherish to this day as we grew up. However, the actors who played our favourite characters also grew up with the films as they played Harry, Hermione and Ron.
Although it seems like for one of the actors dedicating 10 years of his life to the role was not as magical as we imagine it to be. Rupert Grint played the beloved character of Ron Weasley from 2001 to 2011. He recently appeared on Dax Shephard’s podcast Armchair Expert and opened up about how he really felt.
The actor did not hold back in confessing his true thoughts on life in the wizarding world. He shared that there was a time when he felt suffocated because it was “heavy going”. The actor said, “There was a time where it felt quite suffocating, because it was heavy going, because it was every day for 10 years in the end.”
Rupert shared that it was a great experience and they had a “family atmosphere”. He said that it was the same crew and they grew up together and it was a great place to be. The actor further added that sometimes it felt like he wanted to do something else.
He explained, “It was a great experience. Such a nice kind of family atmosphere. It was always the same crew we kind of grew up with, so it was a great place to be. But sometimes it definitely felt like, ‘I want to do something else. See what else is out there.'”
“It just never ended. Every year, we came back.”
There were only four Harry Potter books released at the time of the film release. Only two movies were planned originally, however, they would have to eventually spend 10 years of their lives doing the role. He confessed that it felt like homework sometimes. Grint, 32, went on, “It just never ended. Every year, we came back. And it was kind of like Groundhog Day because it was the same sets. It was the same people. But it was great. I loved it.”
While we have watched all eight movies multiple times, it was not the same for Rupert. He shared that he has only seen every movie once except that he recently watched the first one again for the second time. The actor shared how it still feels too soon and he cant detach himself fully.
He said he can recognize the accomplishments those movies were even without watching them more than once. The Servant alum shared, “I’ve got a very different perspective of it now that a long time has passed. I can appreciate what a feat it was.” However, naturally the biggest things that had shaped his perspective is being a father.
Back in May 2020, him and girlfriend, Georgia Groome welcomed their daughter, Wednesday G. Grint. He told Dax, “Now I’ve got a kid. That’s going to be a whole new kind of era.” The actor was referring to possibly watching Harry Potter with her. Although he does not have any immediate plans of watching the amazing franchise.
Rupert Recalls The Self-Consciousness That Came With It
The actor shared how he cannot put a finger on because he does not really enjoy watching them. He explained, “It wasn’t like it was a bad experience. It made me so conscious of my face of, like, what I’m doing… I like being in the moment and creating it and then just leaving it.”
Rupert also opened up about his struggle with being too critical of himself. He revealed that when he watches old interviews of him, it is the “worst thing” for him. Among his most embarrassing moments? “My hair in film four is one of my biggest regrets,” he spilled of his shoulder-length red mane in Goblet of Fire. “I think everyone actually had a phase of having this really long hair. They liked it—it was kind of wizardy. We went through our puberty on camera.”
The Snatch star further talks about the responsibility to be acting a certain way for fans. He shared that Potterheads had a really intense relationship to the story as well as the cast. The new father further added that it was hard to get his head around because he is a private person.
Rupert said, “It was definitely hard to get your head around, because I’m quite a shy, private person and suddenly to be put in that world it was overwhelming for sure. And also the responsibility as well, because as you say, for fans of the books, and they hold these characters in such high regard.”
Dax further asked him if there was ever a moment when he was “s–tfaced” and smoking up. He asked if he stopped worrying if fans find out. The actor responded saying it was a buzzkill whenever they were out. He said, “You can never quite relax, because I guess you are kind of this role model figure. It’s hugely important to these fans. I didn’t really stop me from having fun, but it was always kind of a bit of a shadow.”
Rupert also talked about childhood fame as he described it to be “really strange”. He shared how strange it was to be so wealthy from a young age. “Gradually, it became too much, too young for sure,” he said. “It was quite overwhelming. I literally did not know what to do.”