Daniel Radcliffe talks drinking problems and The Woman In Black

Exclusive: “It feels very nice not to be putting myself in danger”

We recently caught up with Daniel Radcliffe in New York to chat about his upcoming chiller The Woman In Black, and he was extremely open when it came to discussing his own demons.

Daniel Radcliffe had previously admitted to becoming ‘reliant’ on alcohol after finding worldwide fame with Harry Potter, and he was refreshingly open when talking about life on the wagon:

“It’s a lot better and less chaotic,” he said, when we caught up with him ahead of a performance of Broadway hit How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.

“449 or so days ago – but who’s counting – was my last drink. I just felt like I was chasing chaos and making my life difficult, all the time thinking I was having fun.

“So it feels very nice not to be putting myself in danger, to be waking up in the morning and not thinking, ‘Oh my god, who am I going to hear from? What did I do?’ It’s a life lived without dread and fear and it is lovely.”

So was he nervous about taking on the role of bereaved lawyer Arthur Kipps in The Woman In Black, then?

“The thing I was worried about was not so much playing the side of him that’s been devastated by grief.

“The main thing I was concerned about was the 20 minutes in the middle of the film that has no dialogue and is just me walking around this house. I was thinking, ‘God, will this be like watching paint dry? Will I just be making the same expressions of fear the whole time?’

“Thankfully, neither is the case,” the actor promised. “It’s one of the most exciting sequences in the film.”

When we asked if he thought this would be his finest acting work to date, he responded: “I think it is, absolutely. I think it’s equivalent to my work in the last Potter film, which I was pleased with for once. And, I hope, better than that.”

The Woman In Black opens on 10 February 2012.

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Are you excited to see Radcliffe stepping up to a more adult role? Impressed to see a star so open about personal demons? You know where to comment…


    • deedeedragons

      Dec 21st 2011, 12:00

      Kind of amazing he never got caught, not once, maybe he didn't go to the usual places?

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    • writerdave87

      Dec 21st 2011, 12:07

      If you've a substance abuse problem and that kind of money, it can be pretty easy to hide- doesn't mean he was falling out of clubs.

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    • Hadouken76

      Dec 21st 2011, 22:31

      This film was written by the talented one in the Ross household. The grown-up who isnt a creepy 50yr old who collects comics and toys... brrr

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