Daniel Radcliffe: “We Could Have Done with an Acting Coach for ‘Harry Potter’”

Before becoming one of the most biggest names in Hollywood, Daniel Radcliffe was a child actor working on one of the most read child books in recent history. At an early age he was thrust in front of the cameras. So early, you would assume that he learned how to become an actor before he knew how to walk.

But, in an interview with Sky Arts documentary series, The South Bank ShowDaniel Radcliffe admits that he finds looking back on his early days as Harry Potter a little cringeworthy. He thinks that his co-stars Emma Watson and Rupert Grint feel the same way too.

He told Melvyn Bragg: “If we had a singing scene, we had a singing teacher come in. If we had a dance scene, a dance coach would come in. We never had an acting coach in all the time we were there, and there were times we could have done with one. I know I could have.

“There wasn’t a lot of nuance to my performance when we were young, and I find those early films very hard to watch personally. There were certain things I just didn’t know. There were certain things like how to break down a script, or even certain questions like what does a certain character want out of a certain scene.”

He said it was not until he filmed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban that he felt that he began to understand the basics on how to approach a role.

Daniel admits that at the time, he didn’t really know what career he would choose as an adult: “I definitely drifted into acting to start with. I saw an interview with myself, they asked me what do you want to do when you grow up and I completely, sincerely and earnestly answer ‘I want to be a professional wrestler,’ because I was very very into WWF at the time.”

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