Daniel Radcliffe Opens Up About Drinking Problems And Freaking Out When Harry Potter Ended
The star used to go out and drink with fans to cope with reality...
What do you do when you're one of the world's most well-known actors and the franchise that has always been a part of your life, ends? Well Daniel Radcliffe has got a pretty good grasp on what happens and has opened up about it in a new interview.
The 26-year-old appeared on the WTF with Mark Moran podcast where he talks about life after the Harry Potter franchise and how he has been managing his battle with drinking.
Radcliffe admitted that the end of the Harry Potter franchise meant stepping into the real world, saying: "There was definitely a time when I was coming out of Potter into the real world, and suddenly I was in a world when I was not in that consistency anymore. Then I was living alone, and I think I was really freaked out."
Speaking candidly about his drinking problem that, as he admits, has been reported on many times, the actor opened up about how he used to it find a sense of normality.
He said: "I drank a lot but that was more to do with actually going out in public and a battle in me going, 'I can have a totally normal life, man. This is fine'. That is the thing - most people probably can, but I definitely can't."
The Harry Potter star gave up drinking in 2010 but relapsed three years later whilst performing in the West End and admitted to having drinking sessions with fans.
However, he's now revealed that he hasn't had a drink in two years because he was "bored of waking up feeling like that."
Like many young actors, Radcliffe said that he felt he had to live up to the crazy lifestyle of other actors, saying: "I honestly feel like a lot of us feel we have to live up to that in some way. For me, I always had a structured life and 90% of the time having enjoyed it, [but] there is that crazy part of you every so often that wants to rebel and have some chaos."