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Order of the Phoenix UK Press Junket Interview

Order of the Phoenix UK Press Junket Interview

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Dan: Good morning!

Q: I would like to ask each of you… what is it like to initiate a new director? Is there anything you do, like on his first day? Or first night, Or…

Dan: What… like hazing? (Emma laughs)… no, no… I don’t know… it’s great. I think that when a new director comes onboard there is a real sense of excitement because you know you’re aware that something new is going to be brought to the table and that’s always… ahhh, I think that can only be an exciting prospect. So I don’t think we go through any particular rituals, do we?

Emma: (laughs) no, no… we don’t do any rituals like that… But I guess… I guess… I don’t know, it’s really nice; We have, I mean, we have a lot of cast and crew that have been on the films sort of since the very beginning and who’ve been there for all four or five years, so that’s sort of quite a nice friendly sort of family, so hopefully it’s not too intimidating for newcomers ‘cause everyone’s kind of really friendly and just sort of everyone is… it’s not… it’s there… so

Rupert: hhhmmm… and all the directors have kind of always been quite different as well, so it’s always quite sort of exciting to meet the new ones; we’ve had some pretty good ones

Everyone laughs

Emma: yeah

Rupert: yeah, yeah… we’ve been lucky

Q: We’ve literally watched the three of you grow up as we’re reminded in this movie. It’s so shocking in a way. For the three of you growing up with these characters, have you found that they’ve influenced you in real life, the way you are today, do you think, and I wanted to ask Emma … you seemed to have a degree of hesitation I call it before you committed to the next two pictures… can you talk a little about that?

Dan: do you want to go for that?

Emma: hhhmmm… I didn’t sign the contract sort of immediately because I had to figure out actually the logistics, you can imagine, of combining the making of a Harry Potter film… making 2 more Harry Potter films and… combining that with my school time table. And I really want to go to university and I really want to continue what I was doing and I didn’t want to have to give either one up. So I was in this really difficult kind of… in this really difficult position. It just took a bit of time to work out how I was going to make that work and hhhmmm… Warner Bros. have been extremely supportive of helping me figure out ways of doing that. For instance, they’ve given me Monday mornings off so I can go to school and see my teachers and pick up my work. They’ve provided all the teachers that I need to get all of my work done. They… even though I’m over the age of 16, they’re still giving me the hours I need to get all my work done. They have got a box every Friday in which I can put my work to send back to my teachers so they’ll mark it and send it back to me. It just took a while to figure out the logistics of how it was going to work, and it wasn’t… I found it quite frustrating and obsessing kind of all these insinuations that were made about why I was holding off, but I just had to figure out a way to make it work for me and that took a bit of time.

Dan: hhhmmm… I mean it’s important to realize that when you commit to a Potter film it is, you know, on the whole about a sort of a 10 month commitment and so it’s never something, and especially if we were thinking about not only the sixth film or the seventh, that’s two years, so it’s never something that should be rushed into lightly and a lot was made of it that was, you know, obviously generated by the media I suppose. But in terms of growing up with the characters, that’s sort of a question that gets asked in different ways and, and it’s one that I think people would always want us to say “yes… we couldn’t live without them”, and while they have been amazing I don’t know if they’ve actually influenced us. I don’t… well, certainly for me it’s… I can only speak for myself or course, I don’t know that Harry ha… Harry’s as a character has influenced my character too much. And… I don’t how you guys feel about that…

Emma: hhhmmm… yeah, it’s really funny, we get asked a lot about growing up and being on camera and growing up in the limelight and that sort of thing but it’s really… it’s a really funny question to ask because we can’t see ourselves from the outside if that makes sense? It’s hard to look at it from a different perspective… so it’s a bit funny but… hhhmmm… Yeah, I mean I… sometimes I feel like I barely have to act, because I just… I’m so… I feel so close to my character and I just feel like I know her so well and I think… hhhmmm… we’re quite similar in a lot of ways so it’s… hhhmmm… my job isn’t too hard really. So… hhhmmm… I’m quite lucky like that. And so it’s nice! Yeah! We’ve kind of grown together… I think I’m actually, all of us are actually a teeny bit older than our characters so in a way it’s nice because we’ve kind of experienced what our characters have experienced before them. We kind of know what it’s like to have been through that experience so that we can apply it to what we’re doing in the film. So it works quite well really.

Rupert: yeah… to me it’s really weird sort of looking back on all the films it just seems like one long big film. It’s sort of weird looking back at the early ones… just sort of how young we were and how much we’ve changed now… it is really weird but… hhhmmm… no… we’ve really enjoyed it, it’s been a really good part of my life and I’ve really enjoyed it. Dan: I had… I had a hideous reaction at one point at a screening of Harry Potter 5… and there was a picture of me on screen… from… unsurprisingly… and then there was a clip of me from the first film at one point is used in the fifth film and I just heard loads of girls go ‘aaahhh’ (everyone laughs)… that was just… soul destroying (more laughter).

Q: The last book will be out in a few weeks time. Did Jo Rowling give you guys a little preview?

Dan: no… we’ve none of us got a preview. Only JK Rowling’s husband has recently found out what happens… I don’t…

Emma: Actually… there’s security on the books and making sure… you know… it’s kept pretty tight so I think that we get one the night it’s released, not before…

Dan: yes… not before

Q: Something about asking or receiving an autograph from J.K. Rowling

Emma: No… It’s really funny because we kind of, we know Jo, we’ve known her for ages and it would be really awkward asking her for her autograph now… I’d never do that. In twenty years, I’ll maybe regret it but still…

Rupert: well actually I already did… she went and signed my first book. (background jokes… probably about selling signed book on eBay)…. No, I won’t… I won’t

*laughs*

Q: With your Potter paycheck, what, if anything, have you treated yourself to over the years?

(Someone clarifies the question for Rupert)

Rupert: Oh…well recently I got an ice cream van… (much laughter in the room at this)… sorry that’s really bad…

Emma: when you say an ice cream van, it’s not just like the shell of an ice cream van, it’s got like the ice cream, the sweets, the toppings, like… (The Trio discussed between themselves the merits of Rupert’s ice cream van)

Dan: I haven’t really… (to Rupert) I shouldn’t have let you go first.

Emma: we can’t top that…. (laughs)

Dan: Like I don’t really… Nothing particularly exciting… like I’m quite interested in artwork and things like that but I’m not going to… I’ve never been into cars or anything like that… so I don’t think I’m going to splash out on a classic car collection which I think people really expect me to. And ahh… yes, so I don’t think I’m going to be doing anything particularly exciting. Now I would like to point out at this moment in time that I have not bought and never plan to buy a Fiat Punto… as reported by I think ‘London Lite’ and it’s completely untrue and the best of the article said that I was working with Fiat to provide… to get just the right shade of green. I would like to announce to date that that has never happened.

Emma: hhhmmm… I again, I haven’t really, I mean… hhhmmm… I bought myself an Apple Mac… hhhmmm… my little laptop which I love. It’s my pride and joy. I actually use it so much there is no more memory space on it anymore. So now I have to wait to pick it up. Hhhmmm… so yeah… that was my… I’m not driving at the moment; I’m taking my license now. So I suppose at one point I’ll be wanting to get a car. But at the moment I am finding driving so hard… and…hhhmmm… again getting in a car is so intimidating I really can’t imagine myself buying myself a big fat sports car or anything that has an engine bigger than… well… I want a really small, really safe, un-intimidating… something… I’m not sure yet… but that’ll probably be my next biggest…

Dan: (brightly) Get a Punto!

Emma: Yeah… a Punto! And then they’ll have something to write about! A shade of green…

Q: Dan, Harry goes through a great deal of emotional stress and angst in this film, so does Alan Strang in Equus, I was just wondering if you leave this thing at the end of the day or do you take them home with you?

Dan: Yeah, it’s very important to leave Alan Strang in the theatre. (Laughs) Yeah, I know what you mean, it sometimes I suppose could be hard to detach yourself from a certain character I mean having done the show for sixteen weeks, you know you do get very attached to him, and in a way you do miss. And in a way you do miss doing it and going out night after night, but at the same time it is essential that you leave it behind and move on, and now it’s time, you know, that I am doing another film in August and then on to Harry Potter, so it’s just time to keep moving on to other things now.

Q: And your stage experience?

Dan: The stage experience was phenomenal; I think it came at exactly the right time for me, and it was just, you know, at that stage it was exactly what I needed to do. And it was great fun… it was fantastic. I met some brilliant people and got to work with Richard Griffiths in a totally different capacity, because as uncle Vernon it’s great and we always have a laugh, but he’ll only act for a week, a week and a half; and so to spend sixteen weeks or more because of rehearsals with him… this kind of character was fantastic.

Q: What message do you want people to leave both from the movie as a whole and from your performances individually.

Pregnant pause… then all three: Who wants to take that first?

Emma: Hhhmmm…I guess in a big way, what this one is about is Harry’s in a really, really difficult place. He’s really, he feels really isolated. He wants to isolate himself, and he thinks that if he does that he won’t have as much to lose. And I think a lot of the film is about Harry’s journey to realizing that he doesn’t have to do it on his own and the importance of his friends, and the importance of just friendship and that you need to sort of look at it in a positive way. And that actually the friends that he has and the people he has behind him, what’s scaring him is the idea that he might lose them. It gives him something to fight for and makes him a much more powerful… much more powerful wizard/man than Voldemort. So that, that was I think for me one of the key messages and…

Dan: I also think it is about… also Harry’s character, yes, it’s about sticking to your guns. And you know, if you know something is the truth and is right, then you can’t let yourself be compromised by other people and outside forces, and that’s what Harry and Dumbledore go through in this film and that, for me, that is, along with everything that you said (talking to Emma), another essential message of the film. Of course individually, I don’t really know… I think…

Emma: I think it’s a natural step. It’s nothing we really thought about, I think it’s just as we grown up, we’ve worked with a different director who’s brought out different things in us and helped us to develop a lot more and learned more, and we’ve sort of… for every film we’ve learned something new and kind of brought everything that we’ve learned together in everyone that we…

Dan: I think we’re a lot better as well. (Laughs)

Emma: Yeah, I think we’re better.

Dan: We have all grown and developed, and I think that it does add something to the film. So you know, I think, yeah.

Q: There is so much speculation about the book, so hoe would you feel if your character doesn’t make it? Are you sort of hopping?

Rupert: I wouldn’t really mind if it was a really cool scene, and I die in a really cool way. I a way it doesn’t really matter because it’s the last one. I think I’d like to sort of survive. I heard rumors going around about what’s going to happen, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what the outcome is.

Emma: I haven’t really contemplated it. I’m sort of pretty convinced she’s going to make it. I don’t know why, but I think she’s going to make it. I hope so. But in a way, yes… I guess also… like… I don’t know I am such a big fan of the books and I remember that Philip Pullman trilogy Trilogy… I remember knowing in the end that both of them were going to love on so… and this is assuming everyone’s read the book… and you just know the heroine’s in each book is going to live on, but you don’t know… but like… I hate like endings that don’t rap themselves up…hhhmmm… I don’t know really, what the word, perfectionist in me would really like that to be an ending; so in a way it would be nice for that to be some sort of… like this is what happens like…so in a way I’d like to rap the characters up, like which direction they’re going in, what like, you know, hopefully you know, Hermione will have a really cool carrier in something or other or will be doing something really great with her intelligence, and the Harry-Voldemort connection will have hopefully sorted itself out.

Dan: A couple of years ago I said that I would like Harry to die… hhhmmm… because I think that is, as you say, a completed ending, and…

Emma: Conclusive

Dan: and they but, but, and they, but… so I’m going to stay away from that now because the next day it said in the headlines Radcliffe wants Harry

Dan and Emma: Dead!

Dan: That was awful, so I do think it would be fitting in away because I think in a way, that when you consider the prophecy that’s been made about him and Voldemort, I think that one of them is got to go, and I think… well I don’t know. There’s nothing I can really say… I think he might, but that’s based on absolutely nothing.

Q: Are you aware of the betting odds there are that Harry’s doomed?

Dan: No not at all.

Emma: Sorry? They’re bets on it?

Q: Yes

Emma: Really?

Q: There are Las Vegas odds about Harry’s death

Dan: Really? Are there?

Emma: Are you serious?

Q: There are taking bets that Harry is going to die.

Dan: Really, that’s interesting. The public must really love me.

Q: How easy did you find it to become leaders and teachers of Dumbledore’s Army?

Rupert: I’ll tell you Ron isn’t really either of those two. I really liked doing these scenes because they were really good fun and there was a really good atmosphere on the set and we got to do loads of stunts as well, which was really cool. Yeah, and I got pulled back on a wire because me and Hermione have a duel… Yeah… so yeah, I really enjoyed these scenes.

Dan: Those scenes were great for me. I mean, I was thinking that as a sort of, you know, he starts off as this sort of very reluctant leader/teacher and by the end he’s Henry V. And to the point where, you know, David Yates, the director, did actually give me notes and said “Dan, could you rein it in a bit!” So you know, it was great. The only problem with those scenes that the set we filmed them on had under floor lighting and that whole place was mirrors so in every shot you found like there were lights all around and there were reflected in all the mirrors which meant that set seemed to be like a degree hotter than the sun.

Emma: It was walking into an oven. The worst thing was that it is an enclosed set and so everything was closed off and it was like… Oh my God, it was so hot!

Q: Did you pass out?

Emma: no, thankfully no one passed out (laughs)

Dan: we weren’t cruelly treated (laughs)

Emma: we were allowed out for air occasionally

Q: What thought have you given to your careers post Harry Potter? What would you like to be doing next?

Emma: hhhmmm… you go Dan

Dan: All right. I suppose just keep acting and hopefully do really interesting and different things and hopefully just continue to find things that are really difficult for me to do and challenging so that I don’t become complacent… just carry on, really. And, you know, I’d like to write I suppose as well; that’s a very long way away, but it’s another thought. Yeah, so for now I just want to continue where I’m going.

Q: would you write fiction?

Dan: no, no… just poems and things.

Rupert: I suppose the same with me really. I haven’t given it much thought, to be honest, but I’d definitely like to continue acting and I’d like to see what goes from there really. If it doesn’t work out, I’ve still got the ice cream van!

Emma: hhhmmm… It’s funny, in this sort of… I don’t know… you can’t really say this is what I want to do because it’s not really your choice you know. This business is completely unpredictable you know… you never know what films are going to be being made or what work is out there… you’ve just got to ride the… just see what’s out there really, I guess. Ideally, I’d like to try some theatre at some point. I’d love to do a period drama or I’d love to… there’s loads of different things I’d like to do. I also really love to sing… I’d love to do something that has music in it… or, I don’t know. There’s a lot of things I’m really interested in. It’s just what comes up really, and it’s also what works in terms of scheduling. I’ve still got the next two Harry Potters to do, and I’ve still got school and stuff. Next summer I’ve got some time so I’m just aiming to get something there, but again I don’t want to do something just for the sake of it, I want to wait for the right thing to come along and hopefully it will. But you just got to see what’s about and get yourself out there and yeah, so…

Q: what are you studying?

Emma: English literature, geography, art and history of art

Q: does each film having a different director have a different feel on the set or do they all sort of run together and, like you said earlier, seem like one big long film?

Rupert: Yeah… I felt that this time around it was a lot more relaxed and David sort of makes you feel really calm because he’s really laid back. Definitely a contrast with Mike Newell…

Emma: Yeah… he was eccentric… a very big British character and, yes, there definitely is a different atmosphere with each director, just with regards to their personality… they sort of set the pace for the day and they, you know… so it… definitely. This one was kind of, as Rupert said, quite laid back, quite chilled… it was quite a nice atmosphere… I always felt like David had time to talk to us about what was going on and, yeah… he always had time to listen to us and for us to talk about it and talk it through and just think about things, which was really nice.

Dan: and to me, even more important than the fact that David had time to talk to us is that he talked to everyone. He’s a lovely man and you know, we’re very lucky that he’s this fantastic director and delightful man and very very laid back and… (missed a few words here)… he’s just fantastic and you know we’re incredibly lucky to have someone like him to direct us. And also, you know, it was more laid back but at the same time the energy was there and it was a very quiet energy and it was incredibly focused and he knew from the moment he got on the set the type of story he wanted to tell and the way he was going to do it and so the energy that was there was incredibly focused and there was a real drive and ambition with Dave to make this one better yet.

Emma: Also, I’d like to add to that… I remember, this was amazing. If you can imagine that coming onto a set like the fifth film in the series, and you consider the size of the cast, the amount of actors he’s dealing with and the amount of crew members he’s dealing with, it never actually occurred to me because I just didn’t think about it but David actually managed to learn everyone’s name by first names and he really made an effort to do that and it wasn’t just me, Dan and Rupert… it was everyone in the cast. He made sure he knew their names; he went and spoke to them…he knew them as people and he didn’t just… he really made an effort to become part of the crew and the team and I’ve really admired that I was like, wow! That’s really… We respected him for that, and I thought that was really cool.

Q: Way back, Daniel, you said in the production notes that you were pushed harder than on any of the other films. Can you talk a little bit about it?

Dan: Yeah… it was just this thing that David would come up to me at the end after a take and he’d just day: “that one, that one was good but it wasn’t real. You know. You can get it better than that” and there were times when I was thinking “I can’t!” But actually in the end I could do it and he was right. But the great thing about David is that he also always knew when he got as far as he was going to get and, you know, and so he’s…and you know, I do like to be challenged and that’s why Dave came at the perfect time for me because he totally wanted to do that.

Emma: Yeah… Actually, I felt a bit nervous working with David, just because I thought, well, I don’t know this guy, I’ll go watch some of his previous work and I was looking at some of the films he’s done like “The Girl in the Café” and “Sex Traffic” and just the performances he got out of people in those pieces of work. I was just like… oh my goodness! How am I ever going to live up to that sort of standard of acting quality, I guess, and just how real everything was, and how I guess the thing that occurs to me most about David and the most about this film is it really made me feel something… it really makes you feel… I know it sounds weird, but, hhhmmm yeah, so I really was so eager to live up to his expectations and for him to really get the best out of me that he possibly could, and it felt… I was really nervous, but I was also really excited because I thought “Wow… this guy can take me to a new level” which I think he does for all of us and it’s really nice and also having seen this… David staying on for the next one… Having seen the film, it’s amazing and it stands alone, but it feels like it’s unfinished business… it feels he has more to do, more to say, and it doesn’t feel like I’ve learned all that I can from David… I still feel like there’s so much more I can learn and get out of him, so it’s still a really exciting concept even though we’re working with the same person again, and so it’s… yeah, it’s really exciting.

Dan: I’m thinking of getting David Yates into his director’s chair and breaking his legs so he can never leave.

Q: Can you now talk a bit about the audience and how it may have changed over the years or grown; I know that in America, the books don’t seem to appeal to girls as much as boys, but over the years what kind of audience have you heard from and what do they tell you they’re responding to?

Pregnant pause

Rupert: I don’t know really. I think it’s a kind of varied audience I suppose. It’s quite for… obviously, it’s quite for the younger ones particularly, and also they’ve probably grown up by now.

Dan: Let’s hope!

Rupert: I’ve always had, when you get recognized, I’ve always had people say good things about the films and I’ve always had good feedback from the films.

Dan: Yeah… it’s quite unique in a way because it does attract a huge range of people and that of course is what’s great about it because you know… Potter in a way is one of the few films that… I mean obviously the marketing and all that is targeting certain groups of people, but really it doesn’t just appeal to one demographic of people, it appeals to a huge range of them and then we get responses from a lot of people of all ages and all around the world. Also, as you said (talks to Rupert), the people that were… the amazing thing about it, is that the people who were 10 when the first film came out and indeed were 7 when the first book came out, they’ve grown up and they’re now sort of our age, but the nature of Potter and it’s fantastic story telling means that younger kids are still coming to it. It’s sort of got this audience that regenerates itself.

Emma: What I love is that I’ll be out and about, and one day I’ll have seven our eight year olds come up to me and ask me for an autograph and say “Oh my God, you know, I’m a really big fan and I love the films!” and the next day… 30? 40? Like literally, it ranges from grandmas to like young kids. It’s amazing! The range is absolutely universal and I really like that. I really like that they’re for adults and they’re for young… I mean, as we’re getting along I think they’re definitely getting a lot darker and they’re getting a lot more mature and I think we’re growing with that initial audience that we first had at the beginning, and we’re taking them on a journey that I don’t think anyone will be like… too young or anything else. You know, I think it’s still bloody scary… I think it’s still, you know, I don’t think… it’s amazing! It really does manage to give every type of audience what they want. So yeah, it’s good.

Lauren from DR.com then mentioned how everyone recognizes Harry as a wonderful character and everyone always talks about why they like him, but we wanted to know some things about the character that he thinks aren’t so good.

Dan: Let me go first…I think Harry does have bad aspects and I think everybody has in a way. I think he can be… you know, when he lashes out in this film he lashes out at his two best friends and I think that’s something that a lot of people do simply because they know that ultimately they’ll be ok. So I think that, I think he can be possibly…I think he can be selfish because he does have this desire to you know…he feels like he has to live up to this image of himself, but one all these people have – this sort of great defender of right and magical things and so I think he does feel he has to be the hero and so he has to go it alone, so he does try to cut himself off from people. I think those would be a few of them. And also, possibly in the third film, when Snape infers that he’s like his father and that he’s arrogant I think there is possibly some truth in that. And we’re possibly going to see more of it – I don’t know – I don’t know…but possibly. And there you go guys… be very diplomatic.

Emma: Yes… well, you have to consider and you have to remember that this is a boy who has never known his parents, who is living with the Dursleys, which I think is anyone’s worst nightmare, he’s been completely isolated from everything and everyone, he’s probably quite lonely, no one in the world will ever understand what it’s like to be him, or go through what he’s gone through, he’s just lost his godfather, which is the only other family member he’s had, he’s world famous, everyone knows who he… considering all of that, you know, it’s a job that he’s actually sane and that he is a really nice guy and that he isn’t more kind of screwed up or self centered or, you know, that he hasn’t gone completely off the rails, or you know not completely… I mean, he’s a survivor… he’s a fighting, strong…

Dan: J.K. Rowling did say at one point… I remember her saying because a lot of people had a problem with the fifth book because they said they didn’t like Harry’s anger in it, they felt he was too angry, and J.K. Rowling did say that if you didn’t understand Harry’s anger in the fifth book, then you haven’t understood the four books previous to it, because if you did, then you would see that he has a right to be this angry.

Q: Daniel, I just saw December Boys and it was a great performance, but there are some similar themes to Harry Potter: loneliness and being an orphan. Tell us a little bit about that and the film you’re going to be doing in August?

Dan: OK… yes, December Boys was filmed in Australia in 2005, it’s about four boys who grow up in a catholic orphanage in the Outback of Australia and who are, due to a generous donation to the orphanage, are all sent on holiday in their birthday month, which is December hence why they are the ‘December Boys’ and it’s about hey all have a sort of various rites of passage stories while they are away and I think it’s a really sweet, genuinely sort of warm, heartfelt film and hopefully everyone will like it too. As you said, there are similar themes to it… the tally is now up to three orphans, Harry, David and Maps, and yes there are very similar themes there but it’s a very, very good film and Maps is very different from Harry because Maps is a lot more restrained than Harry… Harry lets a lot out and Maps doesn’t at all. And later in the year I’ll be making “My Boy Jack”, which is about Rudyard Kipling and his son who was sent off… who wanted to go… and who was sent to war despite having failed numerous army medical tests because his eye sight was so bad and so it’s a very, very sad story and yes, you can sort of guess that that one doesn’t end happily. It’s actually a beautiful, beautiful script written by David Haig who’s also playing Rudyard Kipling, so it’s very exciting, yes.

Q: Which is your favourite scene in the film and why?

Dan: I like the scene after the kiss with Cho Chang… because we’re all just in hysterics and I think a lot of that was genuine, and I think that day we were just in a really giggly mood and if you watch it… you can watch me, well all of us actually trying to keep it together. Well, I mean it’s like that scene in ‘Usual Suspects’… well, there is a scene in ‘Usual Suspects’ at the very beginning when they’re doing the line-up when all of the men are just doing the scene and they’re all laughing hysterically and they can’t keep it together at all and the director was, you know, getting really angry about it because he couldn’t keep them under control and by the end it actually all really works and they’re all laughing because they know each other and in that way it’s a very sweet scene because they’re all in hysterics… but I also loved doing anything with Sirius…. What are you talking about? (To Rupert and Emma)

Emma: (laughing) Yeah, that was my favourite one as well because I have like such good memories about filming it, and I genuinely was… I don’t know if you remember, but I…

Dan mumbles something to Emma about oranges

Emma: (responds something about the oranges)… I don’t know why, but Dan did something before the take and literally… David just filmed me just laughing hysterically! Dan and Rupert both stopped, but I was still going, I was on the floor just laughing and he just filmed all of it and carried on filming until I stopped, which took ages, so my laughter is really genuine which is really, I don’t know… it think it feels like the scene kind of brings together our real friendship and just like it all comes together… comes together beautifully….

Dan:… part of life’s rich tapestry!

Emma: Yeah, exactly… so that’s one of the things… I’m really fond of that scene… I really like it!

Rupert: Well… I don’t know really. There’s loads of scenes that are really fun… I think the funnest one tp sort of do and watch back was the Hall of Prophecies, because that was…

Dan: (breathy) Oh yeah!

Rupert: There was nothing there… There was no set at all… it was all a green screen and nothing and looking back and watching it is like, really weird but… yeah, that was pretty cool.

Dan: I think it’s fair to say that we enjoyed most of the scenes…. The only ones I don’t particularly warm to are the ones on a broomstick really… for very obvious reasons… and I think that generally speaking we have lots of fun all of the time.

Q: Emma, you mentioned it was difficult for Harry to be world famous, and I’m wondering what it’s like for the three of you dealing with fame?

Emma: It’s really… I guess what’s difficult for Harry is the fact that he’d lived all his life as just a normal boy and he suddenly just found out he’s a wizard so… in a way, it feels kind of easier for me because it almost feels like I’ve never known anything different… I was so young when I first started doing this that it went rather gradually and I kind of learned as I went along the way just from experience and I just built up my confidence in myself and being able to deal with it and I’ve also always been really well looked after. I have to say that Warner Brothers’ Vanessa Davies has always taken really good care of us from the very beginning, not just as the kids from Harry Potter but as individuals and as people that she’s really fond of and the fact that we’ve had that kind of family idea and that they really genuinely care about us as people and we’re not just vehicles…

Dan: Yeah… exactly…

Emma: and that’s really helped and I guess me, Dan and Rupert all have really strong families around us as well who take care of us and I think that’s what keeps all three of us sane… there’s that, and having a really strong base, a really strong identity outside of the films and like all of us know that we’re worth something apart from what everyone thinks of us and we have stronger identities than what people just write about us in the press or, I don’t know… you just sort of have to be beyond it and above it and I think that we’re all strong enough that it doesn’t… I mean, we can laugh about it… some of it’s frustrating, some ot it’s annoying, some of it’s freaky, some of it scares us, but…

Dan: You do have to laugh at it in the end, because it is… it’s bizarre, but it is… you know, it is funny. And obviously there will always be somethings that people do that we can’t get to do, but we also have loads of opportunities that have been extended to us and that’s amazing and we’re all so very fortunate, but it is rather a strange experience, and what Emma said about not being thought of or treating like entities that will either sell or film or not sell of film, you know, since we’ve actually been treated really just fantastically we’re very, very lucky in that respect.

Emma: and you know, to be fair, we’ve also been treated pretty well by the press… I think that, you know… just generally… Big round of laughter here

Q: I assume you didn’t know each other before this whole thing started, but what are the one or two things you’ve learned from each other?

Emma: What we’ve learned from each other?

Dan: I’ve learned I want an ice cream van!… I don’t know… these guys have probably learned nothing but trivia from me… to be honest, because we’re all pretty much the same age I don’t think we’ve ever given each other advice. It would be very odd for me to, say, turn around to Rupert and say “Rupert… now then…” because we’re all the same age and I think that’s something you get from people who are older than you really…

Emma: I don’t think we learned anything… it’s more like… we’re friends, you know, like… you know, if I’m having boy troubles I’ll occasionally go and track Dan or Rupert and say “What’s going on here… I don’t understand!” and…

Dan: Don’t ask what she means by ‘boy troubles’!

Emma: Yeah… just sort of friendly banter and friendly advice and just… you know, just generally supporting each other. Sorry… I can’t, you know, give a very deep answer… (laughs) it just doesn’t exist!

Dan: Basically, what she’s trying to say is…

Trio: We’ve learned nothing from each other! (much laughter)…

The trio then thanks everyone before leaving the room!


Original article from DanielRadcliffe.comI June 23rd, 2007

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