Daniel Radcliffe Admits He Used Alcohol To Deal With ‘Harry Potter’ Fame

Daniel Radcliffe Talks Heavy Drinking as a Teen to Deal With His 'Harry Potter' Fame

Daniel Radcliffe Turned to Alcohol to Handle Harry Potter Fame

The 29-year-old said: "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". I know that varies for some people.

Radcliffe, now 29, played the boy wizard for nearly a decade and was 20-years-old when the eighth and final filmed wrapped. It continues to be pretty refreshing to see Radcliffe's candidness when discussing his past actions offscreen, so I recommend checking the full interview above if you have time.

"You have a great job, you're wealthy, you don't have a right to ever feel sad or to not be excited about the thing all the time", Radcliffe said. "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? "I woke up one morning after a night, going, 'This is probably not good'". "Or not good at like living my life?'"

He does not miss that period in his life at all and is much happier today, although Radcliffe realizes it may be different for others who have also gone through something similar.

He admits that breaking the habit "took a few years and it took a couple of attempts".

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".

The "Miracle Workers" star, who has been sober since 2012, expressed that he felt the need to live up to the "weird image" that "actors have to be insane cool drunks". I met some really key people, some actors some of them not, who just gave me great advice and really cared for me.

Radcliffe made sure to stress that he loved his job very much and never drank on set. There was never a day where my own shit would affect how I was on the set. There was never a point where I was like, 'Oh, I wish this hadn't happened to me. Luckily, in the case of the Harry Potter franchise, it looks like all the child stars have avoided most of the pitfalls that come with being a child star (at least in the long term), but that's not to say there weren't some problems along the way.

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