“Harry Potter, the boy who lived and come to die.”
Shelby: You know Harry. You might know J. Pierrepont Finch. And soon you will meet Arthur Kipps. But how well do you know Daniel Radcliffe?
Nice to meet you! Thank you for joining us.
Daniel Radcliffe: Thank you for having me.
Shelby: Named one of Entertainment Weekly‘s 2011 entertainers of the year, Daniel Radcliffe is living a life he self admittedly feels blessed to lead.
Most of our audience knows you from Harry Potter. Do you ever think what your life would be like without those films?
Radcliffe: I probably would have gone back to school, not enjoyed it. Gone to university, maybe. God knows.
Shelby: Daniel is not like most twenty-somethings. He doesn’t like to party, and he is not addicted to social media. In fact, you might say he is kinda like a sixty-year-old man trapped in a twenty-two- year-old body.
Radcliffe: No, I’m not on Facebook or Twitter. And I say that with neither pride nor shame. I don’t mind if people want to share what they are doing and what they are up to with their friends and, you know, sometimes people can be genuinely witty on it. But when you see a celebrity doing it, it’s like, ‘uh, man, what are you doing?’ But then you can’t say you want privacy when you’re telling everyone the day-to-day of your life.
Shelby: And you don’t read play or movie reviews, right?
Radcliffe: No, I’ve read a couple now. But I generally don’t.
Shelby: Because you don’t want to know?
Radcliffe: It’s masochism. Because if you’re reading a review, either you want it to be bad and you’re getting something out of that or you’re hoping it will be extremely positive.
Shelby: And while Daniel has got a lot of stuff figured out, he still has his insecurities.
Radcliffe: It’s that I care too much. That’s the thing, everyone cares what people think of them because they are human. And if people say they don’t care, they’re lying because that is always a lie on some level. But I think what you have to get good at is realizing who you are and being that person relentlessly and if other people don’t like that then fine.
Shelby: And he truly lives by that philosophy. Over the past three years, Daniel has been heavily involved in The Trevor Project, a community-like organization for LGBTQ youth.
LGBTQ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. For more than ten years, The Trevor Project has created a safe place for LGBTQ youth and straight allies to talk about their feelings and fears, mainly focusing on suicide prevention.
Radcliffe: Yeah, you have your parents; yeah, you have your best friends but there are just certain times when you have certain issues that you need to share with others. The Trevor Project is an outlet for that. So, it is wonderful to be reminded that there are so many people my own age who care so much.
Shelby: Recently, Daniel attended a workshop put on by The Trevor Project with more than twenty young people from around the country.
Radcliffe: you can see that even though they are a celebrity and famous, they still have a sense of what’s right in the world. It shows their fans that it’s ok to be different.
Shelby: Last year, Daniel received the Hero Award for all of his work with Trevor.
Radcliffe: My reaction to that is, ‘Ah! But i don’t think i’ve done anything heroic at all.’ But those people that are working at the call centers, those people are heroes. Anyone can make a difference but when you are well known, you can just get there quicker.
Shelby: So, with his wand put away and bowtie handed over, who is to say what is next for this rising star?
Shelby Holliday, Channel One News.
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