When he spoke with Entertainment Weekly for this week's issue on Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe talked about being confident and enthusiastic about the contributions he's made to the films, but that he's a bit of a loser with girls. As "Harry Potter and the Goblets of Fire" is set to open this month in wide release, the 16-year-old is revealing more about himself in interviews. Here's a portion of the EW talk:
EW: Four films down. Looking back, how would you describe your growth? The first film, there was a lot of energy, but the energy wasn't being focused. That's what I'm gaining: focus. Also, on the first three films, I didn't offer any suggestions. I didn't feel I had the right. Now I'm finding it's better to say something than not say anything. Of course, then they say, 'Oh, Dan! Shuffle along.' But in general, I'm more self-assured about Harry being my character.
EW: In Goblets, you tangle with dragons, mermaids, a sinister hedge maze. What was the most challenging? The underwater sequence. I trained for six months for it. There was talk of someone else doing it and superimposing my face on it. That would have looked like rubbish. I'm glad I did it--despite the two ear infections.
EW: Does playing Harry ever get boring? Definitely not. I might as well be playing a different person each film, because he changes so much. Like here, he's going through all the puberty crap. You know, the first crush. Of course, when it's your first crush, it's not just a crush--you looove her.
EW: Can you relate? Every guy can relate, at least once. In my case, more than once, I'm crap with girls. Guys my age, they think they're suave, but they're rubbish and they know it.
EW: You are a budding music aficionado. Who are you listening to these days? The Libertines. Franz Fernandand. I respect Green Day, but my problem with American punk is that it all sounds like Good Charlotte. But I like that 'American Idiot' song. 'Now everybody do the propaganda'? Genius!
EW: Are you mulling a rock career yourself? No so much anymore. The future of music doesn't rest on me. If I formed a band, I don't think anyone would say, 'Wow! What was he doing acting?'
The Harry Potter cover issue of Entertainment Weekly is on sale now.