Fame is often a boon and a curse at the same time and for those who experience it at an early stage, it can easily become a curse that takes over their life. Being a child actor or performer has always been seen as an extremely stressful life that can easily affect a person’s whole life ahead. Many of us dreamed to be a part of the Harry Potter series to experience the magic first hand, and there were many kids who got to be in the movies as extras but have you wondered what it would have been like to be one of the big three?
The three big stars of the Potter franchise were Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint. These three actors ruled the world and hearts of Potterheads for a decade and will always be our beloved Golden Trio.
Probably the most underrated out of the three main characters was Ronald Weasley who was often seen only as comic relief in the series. Ron was surely the most human out of the three characters and his sensitivity and courage made him a brilliant and real character.
Just like his character, Rupert was also the underrated actor out of the three big stars of the series but some of us loved him immensely as he was so close to the real Ron Weasley.
Rupert Grint has acted in a bunch of stuff since the Potter series ended and will soon appear in the ABC murders on Amazon Prime. He was recently asked in an interview about how he feels about his role in the Potter franchise and he expressed his views on it.
He explained how he has mixed feelings about that part of his life and actually struggles to remember anything before it. He also said that he finds it difficult to watch himself in Potter movies and can only watch the first three films due to some reasons.
“I struggle to remember life before it,” Grint explained of the Harry Potter movies.
“I think I lost myself a little bit along the way. With the fame, you’re almost being the character even when you’re not in character. I think those early ones are OK. More time has passed. I can detach myself a bit more from that kid. I did see Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone not long ago, for the first time since the premiere, and I actually enjoyed looking back,” he explained.
“But the more recent ones I definitely couldn’t do,” he added.
When it comes to the actor’s personal cut-off, he said he “could probably go up to” Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which was the third film in the franchise, directed by Alfonso Cuarón
He also expressed his feelings about what his life could have been if he had never acted in the Potter films and said it is a thought that disturbs him often.
“That’s always been in the back of my mind. What would have happened if I hadn’t got that part? I was always into art, I guess I would have gone to university… I’m not sure, but I do think about that a lot.”
While Grint may have mixed feelings about his time in the Wizarding World, we can definitely say that he was and will always be the perfect Ronald Weasley and that all us Potterheads love him completely. He has mixed feelings about his experience because it must have been an overwhelming experience for a child as it made him give up his normal life and childhood. Such is the case with most child actors and stars. It is as they say you win some, you lose some.
The ABC Murders premieres on Amazon Prime in the U.S. on February 1, 2019.