Daniel Radcliffe: ‘The male population had no problem sexualizing Emma Watson’

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe has been busily promoting Horns all over London. The movie adapts Joe Hill’s fantasy horror novel. If you haven’t read any of Hill’s work, just know that he’s Stephen King’s son. I think Hill is actually a more effective writer than his father, but Horns is the least impressive Hill book out there. In this movie, Daniel plays a young man (Iggy Perrish) who sprouts horns from his forehead after the mysterious death of his girlfriend. People suspect Iggy of murder, and he (warning: graphic) transforms into hellspawn. He’s not a villain, but I can’t explain without spoilers.

Dan crushed an AP interview, in which he admitted feeling perplexed at being called “an unconventional romantic lead.” The journo says people don’t think of Dan “that way” because they associate him with young Harry Potter. Daniel’s conclusion: “Well, the male population has had no problem sexualizing Emma Watson immediately.” Bam.

Oh, and Dan did a Reddit AMA yesterday. He’s delightful. Some highlights:

His dream castmates: “George Clooney … Jennifer Lawrence… I just think they’d be really cool, Paul Rudd, I met him and was like ‘You’re awesome!’ I just want to work with people you can get on with, and you have a good rapport with, and those are definitely some of them. Also directors more than actors, whom I think ‘I want to work with them.’ So you know, people like the Coen Brothers, or Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson, Christopher Nolan, again, it’s directors i suppose I get more excited about than actors.”

If he could use his fame to change something: “I would remove the bullsh-t hierarchy from the film industry, because there are certain people who do my job, and also directors and producers, who seem to think the job they do gives them license to treat people who work for them badly, and there is no good reason for that, and it should not be tolerated. I know that if I ever get to direct, it will not be present anywhere on my set.”

Weird autograph moments: “Um… well, recently a couple of people have asked me to sign a piece of paper so they can then get it tattooed. And, you know, that’s pretty weird. Just because I have pretty horrible handwriting – that AMA sign was me printing, but you should see my cursive, it’s not pretty! So yeah, I would advise people against doing that. I have signed a picture of Elijah Wood – and I think we’ve also both said in interviews that we would like each other to play each other in films of our lives – but I was on a red carpet in Japan, and this Japanese man gave me a picture of Elijah, and I knew i wasn’t going to get past the language barrier to explain, so I wrote ‘I am not Elijah Wood, signed Daniel Radcliffe.’”

Alan Rickman pranked him: “There’s – in the 3rd [Potter] film – there’s a shot in the great hall of all the kids sleeping in the great hall, and the camera starts very very wide, and comes in so that it’s an inch from my face, a very long developing set, yeah, and Alan Rickman decided he would plant one of those fart machines in my, uh, sleeping bag, and they waited until like -the camera had come in for this huge DRAMATIC developing shot, and then unleashed this tremendous noise in the great hall. I immediately thought: ‘This is one of the other kids f—ing around, and we were going to get in trouble.’ But as it turns out, it was one of the members of Britain’s acting royalty. I think I laughed a lot, was probably a bit embarrassed, but it was really really funny.”

He’ll never disown Harry Potter: “It feels wonderful, honestly, to have people still come up to you and say you were such a huge part of my childhood. It’s genuinely lovely. I am very lucky to be famous for something so many people loved. And there’s… yeah, I always like to say that I think some people think that because I’m making an effort to have a career for myself after Potter, that they somehow think I want to escape Potter? And I don’t, I’m very proud of what those films were, and what we did with them. And so I always like to say I am happy to hear from people who still love the movies.I remember when I met, once, a guy who’d been in a punk band in the 70′s, and then he wouldn’t talk about this punk days at all to me when I was asking, he sort of didn’t want anything to do with it? And I remember being really disappointed by that, and thinking of how uncool it was for him to disown the thing that made him, and I just would never do that.”

[From Reddit]

Thank you, Daniel Radcliffe. I keep reading interviews where actors trash-talk their early work. Most of them get away with that, but Dan’s right to call it a douchey, uncool (and not very punk) attitude to adopt. An endless stream of struggling actors would kill for any acting role, and then some A- or B-lister decides that he’s got nothing better to talk about but how embarrassing those roles were. It’s rude and classless. These guys (and gals) should be grateful for stepping-stone roles, but actors can act spoiled. Not DanRad.

Here’s a video of the AP interview.

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  1. Talie says:

    He should know the truth… he’s unconventional because of his looks and height, not because of Harry Potter. I mean, I guess despite everything he is still is fragile that way famous people are. Not wanting to see the reality.

    • Mia4S says:

      No he’s right in this case, exactly right. The interviewer was very specific that he was “unconventional” because we watched him grow up, nothing to do with looks. Yet Emma Watson was sexualized one minute after midnight on her 18th birthday (and let’s face it, well before that. Yuck).

      • hunter says:

        I had sex before my 18th birthday.

        I didn’t find it yucky that males found me attractive, because I was. That’s a convention defined by law (18th birthday) not biology.

      • Bridget says:

        The point wasn’t about her being 18 (that age was used as it was the benchmark for it being socially acceptable/legal for Watson to be treated as a sexual object) it was about men of a wide variety of ages having no problem about specializing a young girl that they had literally watched grow up in front of their eyes. It’s like the Olsen Twins Countdown years ago. Its icky.

    • Kiddo says:

      Agreed. I’m not a Harry Potter fan, do not make that immediate connection, and he still does nothing for me in the sexual magnetism category.

      Aside: That horned character looks very cartoon-ish, and not frightening at all, for me.

    • TTMuch says:

      Yeahhhh, sorry DanRad, they’re just saying it’s the Harry Potter thing…*whisper* it’s the unconventionally handsome thing. Height I think is okay, I mean, Tom Cruise is 4 feet tall. Too bad for DR they already filmed all those hobbitses movies. I really like him though!

    • Kitten says:

      I found the Emma Watson comparison to be apt, actually.

      He’s basically like the male version of Watson.

      I really like this dude. Never saw the Potter films and I only know him from interviews that are posted here but he seems like such a humble, thoughtful guy.

      • Sara says:

        he is not the male version of Watson. Emma is basically the model of what our society finds beautiful in a woman, her face, her bodyshape etc. Daniel isnt the manly man out of the commercials. he is very short, too. Rupert Grint from HP also has problems with that, as he has red hair.

        if daniel was looking like Channing Tatum, he would have been instantly sexualized.

      • Kiddo says:

        Could we use another example outside of potato skins? Otherwise, I completely agree.

      • Kitten says:

        Wow really?
        I find Emma to be very bland and rather awkward-looking, very antiseptic in a Natalie Portman kind of way.

        Then again, I find Tater Skins to be completely unattractive—- I’m not into beefy and oafish.

        Different strokes for different folks, I guess…

        Also FWIW, LOTS of men who are not “manly men out of the commercials” are straight-up fetishized on blogs, Tumblr, and social media (hello Cumberbatch-Redmayne-Hiddleston) and also score leading man roles.

        Radcliffe strikes me as someone who is very self-aware. I doubt he looks in the mirror and sees Brad Pitt staring back at himself. I think he’s just trying to carve out a nice little niche for himself.

      • perplexed says:

        I think men do find Emma attractive though. Granted, no one can appeal to everyone, but I do think she fits whatever it is that’s considered conventional. Ditto for Portman. They can’t act that well, but guys do talk about them as if they find them rather beautiful.

        I don’t know what category men like Hiddleston and Redmayne actually fit into, but I also think he’d be considered more appealing to women than Radcliffe. I don’t like Cumberbatch’s face at all, but women also seem to talk about him a little differently (though I’ll fully admit his face scares me personally).

        I think Radcliffe can look nice, like in the top photo, but that suit he’s wearing in the last photo strikes me as rather odd. I’m not sure how much his wardrobe and styling affects the perception of him.

      • Kitten says:

        I think the point is that beauty is pretty subjective. Actors that have good personalities, are a joy to work with, and can deliver a decent performance usually get jobs, even if they’re not a living Ken doll.

      • perplexed says:

        Of course beauty is subjective, but actors are also commodities and whether they like it or not are slotted into whatever fits the market, which seemed to be the gist or original point, that most were addressing, of the journalist’s question of Radcliffe’s “unconventionalness”? I would not have posed the question to him, but for whatever reason the journalist felt compelled to. For the present age, I do think Portman and Watson, even if they can’t act well, fit Hollywood’s demand for a particular aesthetic. So I’d hesitate to say that they don’t fill the bill for a commodified form of attractiveness, even if I do find Natalie Portman’s acting technique is super annoying. I think Emma Watson has a good personality and is conventionally pretty, but I won’t go out of my way to see her act (or not act, whatever one considers her talent level to be). In terms of the market however they probably are perceived to fit their niche effectively. I’m not sure what niche Radcliffe is actually slotted into — maybe the journalist doesn’t either which is why he or she posed the question in the first place, though, as I said, I would not tell someone to their face that they are unconventional or whatever (sounds kind of back-handed).

    • perplexed says:

      I think people may have thought the kid playing Draco Malfoy would grow up to be good-looking. I don’t know if he was sexualized, but I think people had expectations of him turning out attractive…or something. I’m not sure if it was to the extent that happened with Emma Watson (which bore some resemblance to the weird Olsen Twins countdown – maybe a certain segment of the male population is way creepier about this sort of thing?), but some of the other male cast members when they hit a certain age seemed to be talked about differently from Radcliffe (like the one who played the really nerdy, shy kid? I forgot his name). So I sort of agree with Radcliffe’s point, but I also agree with you. Once guys hit a certain age that is appropriate people will notice whether they’re attractive or not.

      I immediately thought of the wacko Olsen Twins Countdown when I read Radcliffe’s comment, but now I’m not sure if that was the point he was trying to make.

  2. Tiffany says:

    Its official, I love Daniel Radcliffe and I am not ashamed to write it.


    • Sullivan says:

      Honk! Honk!

    • Londerland says:

      He really is just wonderful.

    • maybeiamcrazy says:

      Honk! I love DanRad.

    • Sunny says:

      He is wonderful, for reals! A friend of mine met him at a premiere- in a bathroom, no less. My lovely but celeb struck friend obviously approached him and he was lovely. I was impressed because I think you get to be annoyed if people bother you in a bathroom.

      Recently I head him in an interview on the Dinner Party Download podcast, and he was charming, intelligent, funny. I officially love him. And if you like romantic comedies, try watching What If. I wasn’t sure I would buy him as a romantic lead but he was really good and the film for the most part was charming.

    • MG says:

      Honk!!! Yes! I love him. I find him charming, intelligent and down to earth.

    • Katenotkatie says:

      I’ve adored Dan Radcliffe since I was about 10 years old, and I still do. I love how he’s become his own actor as an adult, and he’s always funny and intelligent and thoughtful in interviews. I think he’s damn fine too. My pre-adolescent instincts were spot-on with this one.

    • Senaber says:

      Yessss! Honk!

  3. Eleonor says:

    Love him. He is great.
    And the autograph “I am not Elija” LOL and the Alan Rickman prank, seriously ? :D

  4. Gwen says:

    He’s such a good guy. It’s wonderful to see that a childactor can make it out well – and not only that but also be sensible.

  5. Lilacflowers says:

    I am struck by how the Harry Potter kids have seemed to grow up into intelligent, decent human beings who make good choices in comparison to so many American child actors who grow up to be trainwrecks.

    • Eleonor says:

      I wonder the same thing. I think it’s the Hollywood environment which is toxic.

    • lower-case deb says:

      i wonder about that too. is it the Britishness of it all? or was it the school setting of Harry Potter, and the number of old (often iconic) people in the cast, thus they had to be on their best behavior most, if not all, the time?

      the Alan Rickman anecdote is quite telling, he sounds like the kids could get into trouble for playing pranks on set, it seems.

      also, they seem to have good parents. again, perhaps they have inherently good parents, but was it also the nature of the shoot and the way the whole series was run that disallowed parents turning into stage parents?

      • Brittney B says:

        I never thought about the fact that they were in a school setting, but it probably *does* make a difference that there were so many kids on set together, growing up together, and probably getting tutored together on set. Many child stars grow up with mostly adult castmates, and even if there are kids in the cast with them, they don’t hang out together for months at a time, year after year.

        It probably also helps that they were all plucked from obscurity. Even the stars were unknowns when filming began, so no one started the experience with a sense of entitlement or superiority.

        But, yeah. Not being American probably helped oodles, too.

  6. insomniac says:

    ‘I am not Elijah Wood, signed Daniel Radcliffe.’” Too funny!

    I really like Daniel. He just seems so appreciative of what he has, and also aware that the world does not owe him everything he wants for the rest of his life just because he played Harry Potter once upon a time. He’s so refreshing.

    On another note, I disagree about ‘Horns’ — that was probably my favorite Joe Hill book to date.

  7. Veronica says:

    He grew up to be such a delight of a human being. I am psyched about this movie!

  8. InvaderTak says:

    I kinda hated HP the movies, but Radcliff is winning me over!

  9. serena says:

    I just love this guy!

  10. Jess says:

    He seems like a nice, thoughtful, sweet guy. What a class act.

  11. Brown says:

    For people saying he’s just refusing to face the reality that he’s being called unconventional due to his appearance: watch the interview. He is specificially told that the reason is because we watched him grow up, and so many people still think of him as the boy wizard. That’s why he aptly makes the comment about how Emma was sexualized almost immediately and no one had issues with that.

    I just love him.

    • Sara says:

      do you think they would tell to his face that he isnt tradtionally handsome and too short?

      • Kitten says:

        Right. Because Hollywood is full of tall actors…..

      • Marty says:

        Ha! Touché kitten and spot on.

        I’ve always thought Daniel was cute, but he really is just a great person. I really loved what he said about celebrity too.

      • moomoo says:

        I think DanRad has grown into a sexy dude inside & out. I’d be thrilled to spend my life with him if I weren’t already engaged.

        I’m short but always dated very tall guys until I met my fiancé, who is ~5’7″ with a lean frame. We fit *so* much better overall (although he is a bit too well-endowed for my body…don’t judge a penis by a guy’s height!) and sort of regret I missed out on dating shorter/medium height guys all those years before we met.

  12. TreadStyle says:

    To actually acknowledge the heirarchy issue and say just how much of a problem he has with it… Wow that alone says so much about him. Wish nothing but continued success for him, seems so humble and genuine. Love him.

  13. Sam says:

    Well the female population has no problem sexualizing Daniel Radcliffe. Just sayin.’

  14. Sara says:

    you cant compare the two. Emma is very conventionally beautiful, the standard of beauty in western society at this point of time. she is thin, she is white, she is petite etc.
    Daniel isnt the standard of male beauty. i think he is cute, but he doesnt get as much female attention as Ryan Gosling, Justin Bieber or Channing Tatum. Plus he is very well below average height for a male. Height is a big factor in attraction for most women. in movies you can fix around that, but if he’ll always have bigger problems in being seen as manly as a taller guy.

    • Mia4S says:

      But @Sara that wasn’t the point of the interview. It was the “we watched you grow up” issue. However pretty Watson may be we watched her from the age of ten, and men were having countdowns to her 18th birthday (I’m serious, they were online). Anything the exposes that double standard is good. He answered what was asked, and well.

    • Zoe says:

      You can absolutely compare the two. Emma Watson was a child when people started sexualizing her. He was not sexualized as a child and she was. That’s his point. And it’s awesome.

      • Brittney B says:

        Indeed. I mean, he was sexualized by the pre-teens and teens who grew up with the films (I should know; my high school classmates were among them)… but young girls crushing on an actor hardly carries the same connotations as grown men counting down to your 18th birthday.

  15. Dancinnancy says:

    Bless you DRad! I cannot stand Mandy Moore for the same reason. She completely crapped all over fans and then released a bad kareoke album. I LIKED some of her cheesey music – but she made it clear people who liked/bought it were pathetic. You never forget that.

  16. Fiona says:

    People are missing the point. Regardless of his height or looks, (he’s incredibly charming which plays off very well in a rom com btw) the point he’s making is, society rushed, counted down the days till they could sexualize Emma Watson, and how disgusting is that? That regardless of what you think the true reasoning behind him being an “unconventional rom com lead” he still makes an incredibly valid point about how the men in our society rushed to sexualize a teenager.

    • perplexed says:

      I did wonder if that was the point he was trying to make. If he had anything else to say, I think the reporter could have provided the elaboration.

  17. INeedANap says:

    Honk for DanRad!

    He really is a talented, hard-working, lovely person. Here’s hoping he has a very long and illustrious career.

  18. Lucy says:

    God, I love him.

  19. perplexed says:

    His suit is certainly unconventional. Maybe he needs to dress a little better if he wants to be viewed the same way as Watson is.

  20. Alex says:

    Every time he gives an interview he just knocks down stereotypes and downright misogynistic viewpoints in the media. I love it because he has no problem calling people out.
    I’ve met him twice outside his Broadway shows and once randomly in the city and he’s been super nice every single time. Very appreciative and nice to his fans which you don’t get from every actor. Plus he takes great selfies ;)

  21. CharmmyKitty says:

    Why are people struggling to understand his point? Reading comprehension is important, folks.

    I think he’s very sexy, fwiw.

    • perplexed says:

      I think his point might be better understood when one watches the original interview, in which he really does look Elijah Wood.

      I think he references another interview in which someone (or group of people) called him unconventional whereas the interviewer actually sitting with him does seem to acknowledge that he’s perceived as an attractive grown-up. The way the interview transpired seemed a bit different from the write-up. He was potentially dissing other interviewers, not the one he was actually talking to. I did wind up seeing the point of the people upthread debating what makes him unconventional, since he seemed to be the one that pointedly asked “What makes me unconventional?” I wasn’t sure if he actually wanted a straight-up answer to that one. I do think a segment of the male population has been weird about Emma Watson when growing up. At the same time, I think other young male actors have been looked at in a certain way too even though we’ve watched them grow up (i.e Leonardo Dicaprio when he was on Growing Pains or River Pheonix from Stand By Me?). So while I think he has a definite point, I can also see where the perception of other young male actors who have grown up in the public eye might contradict his point somewhat. At the same time, I don’t know if female fans are as weird as male ones when it comes to waiting for certain celebrities to come of age.

  22. Jen says:

    Love me some DanRad :)

  23. I Choose Me says:

    The more I read and see of him, the more I love him. His personality is so sexy to me.