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Daniel Radcliffe Admits He Turned to Alcohol to Deal with 'Harry Potter' Fame

Daniel Radcliffe Admits He Turned to Alcohol to Deal with 'Harry Potter' Fame

Daniel Radcliffe admitted in a new interview that he used to get “very drunk” to deal with the fame that came with playing Harry Potter in the franchise films.

“There is an awareness that I really struggled with particularly in my late teens when I was going out to places for the first time where you would feel…again it could have largely been in my head but…you would feel watched when you went into a bar, when you went into a pub. Then, in my case, the quickest way of forgetting about the fact that you were being watched was to get very drunk and then as you get very drunk, you become aware that, oh people are watching more now because now I’m getting very drunk, so I should probably drink more to ignore that more,” Daniel explained while making an appearance on Off Camera with Sam Jones.

“Part of the thing is the expectation that you should just be delighted all the time,” Daniel continued. “You have a great job, you’re wealthy, you don’t have a right to not be excited about the thing all the time. I think that’s a pressure as well. You suddenly start to feel, ‘Man, if I am just feeling some human emotion of sadness, does that mean I’m doing this wrong? Am I not good at being famous?’“

About finally making a change, he admitted, “I have been unbelievably lucky with the people I had around me at certain times in my life. I met some really key people, some actors some of them not, who just gave me great advice and really cared for me. Ultimately it was just my own decision. I woke up one morning after a night, going, ‘This is probably not good.’ “

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  • mahbelle

    oh poor you. how many times is he going to tell this story?

  • Casey C

    Not news, he’s said this for years, hes not ‘admitting’ anything