Harry Potter phenom Daniel Radcliffe made a shocking revelation in the latest issue of GQ mag. The 21-year-old actor confesses in the August edition interview that his life went off the rails for a time when he turned 18 and was filming Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince and turned to alcohol to cope. “I became so reliant on (alcohol) to enjoy stuff,” he said. “There were a few years there when I was just so enamored with the idea of living some sort of famous person’s lifestyle that really isn’t suited to me.” He added that he was fortunate that the paparazzi never captured his worst behavior. “I really got away with that because there were many instances when a shot like that could have been taken.” Daniel says he has not touched a drop of alcohol since August last year, and admits that he would love to be a person that goes to parties and has a couple of drinks but that just doesn’t work for him. “I do that very unsuccessfully. I’d just rather sit at home and read, or talk to somebody that makes me laugh,” he added.
Skyrocketing to fame at age 11 after he was cast as Harry Potter in the movie franchise adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s popular books (and amassing an impressive $75M-plus bank account for his efforts), Daniel’s well aware that many child actors struggle to cope with adulthood, but he said he was determined to prove that child actors could go on to build long careers. “If I can make a career for myself after Potter, and it goes well, and is varied and with longevity, then that puts to bed the ‘child actors argument,'” he said. Daniel, who’s currently starring on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, hits the big screen in the much-anticipated final Potter film, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part II on July 15. Here, Daniel sports a pair of retro-classic Ray Ban Clubmaster wayfarers, a cult-fave of young Hollywood, available in a whole slew of frame hues. –rpuccia
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