Daniel Radcliffe struggled to find a new sort of normal after the “Harry Potter” films came to an end and during that difficult time, the actor turned to alcohol to drown his sorrows.
In Wednesday’s (Nov. 18) episode of Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, Radcliffe spoke frank and openly regarding his struggles with alcohol addiction. “I was living alone, and I think I was really freaked out,” the 26-year-old actor admitted. “I drank a lot.”
His dependence on alcohol, he went on to explain, came from a fear of returning to reality after playing the titular wizard boy for the film’s entire series. He continued, “I think it was more to do with going out in public and having a battle within me of thinking, ‘No, I can have a totally normal life.’ You get bored of waking up feeling like that,” he said.
The actor also feared that the iconic movie role would stop him from continually working on-screen once the franchise ended.
According to US Weekly, Radcliffe admits he’s been very fortunate, saying, “I was very lucky that people gave me opportunities directly after Potter finished to play more grown-up stuff, because I could have been getting teen offer type stuff.”
The “Victor Frankenstein” star previously opened up about his problems with alcohol addiction back in 2012, when he told Heat magazine, “I have a very addictive personality. It was a problem. I don’t want to go into details, but I drank a lot and it was daily — I mean, nightly.”
What’s even more eye opening is the revelation that Radcliffe was inebriated on set for many scenes filmed for the “Harry Potter” series. “I went into work still drunk, but I never drank at work,” he admitted. “I can point to many scenes where I’m just gone. Dead behind the eyes.”
Radcliffe’s new movie “Victor Frankenstein” is now in theaters. The actor says he has been sober since 2013.