Daniel Radcliffe Says He Used to Get “Very Drunk” to Deal with Harry Potter Fame

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The Harry Potter actor has been candid about his struggle with alcohol since announcing his sobriety in 2012

For Daniel Radcliffe, finding fame at a young age meant having to grapple with the enormous pressure of the spotlight — which he once coped with by turning to alcohol.

On an episode of Off Camera with Sam Jones released this week, the 29-year-old actor got candid about his alcohol use in his later teenage years, explaining that he would get drunk in order to numb the fact that he was being watched at the height of his Harry Potter fame.

“The quickest way to forget about the fact that you were being watched was to get very drunk,” Radcliffe said. “Then as you get very drunk, you become aware, ‘Oh, people are watching more now because now I’m getting very drunk, so I should probably drink more to ignore that more.’ “

Added Radcliffe, “It can affect your psyche.”

“Part of the thing is the expectation that you should just be delighted all the time,” Radcliffe added. “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?’ “

There was also a part of Radcliffe who felt that “actors have to be crazy cool drunks,” he admitted. “I had to live up to this weird image that I had in my head of what it means to be a famous actor.”

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