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Rupert Grint Interview: My first sex scene was tough – watching it with my parents was worse

We know him as cheeky ginger schoolboy wizard Ron Weasley.

But as he films the sixth and last-ever Harry Potter movie, Rupert Grint is starring in a much more grown-up role which will shocks his fans and, erm, his parents.

From tomorrow, he stars in Cherrybomb, a gritty Belfast-based movie in which he plays a troubled teenager experimenting with a wild weekend of drugs, shoplifting and stealing cars.

And filming his first ever sex scene might have been embarrassing for Rupert, 21 – but not as much as watching it at home in Hertfordshire in all its glory with his parents.

He reveals film bosses gave him a preview DVD of Cherrybomb, which dad Nigel and mum Joanne were desperate to watch with their famous film star son. What neither of them knew was that it featured Rupert’s first X-rated nude scenes.

“Filming it was a really nerve-wracking experience but the worst bit was watching it with my parents,” he confesses.

“It was agonising. The scene’s quite tastefully done but it’s not the sort of moment you really want to share with your mum and dad. When the scene arrived we all sat there not really saying anything. Afterwards nobody talked about it, which was kind of a relief.”

Fans who’ve followed Rupert’s career are likely to be equally shocked at Cherrybomb. Also starring James Nesbitt, Robert Sheehan and Kimberley Nixon – Rupert’s love interest – it’s about as far away from the magical wizard world of Hogwarts and Quidditch as you can get.

“Shooting the sex scene was a pretty anxious time because I didn’t know how it would be shot. It’s the anticipation that scares you most,” Rupert says.

“Obviously, I really didn’t want my bum up there on the screen but the scene isn’t too graphic and most of it is suggested rather than seen. But you do feel very self-conscious. It was more embarrassing for Kimberley because a lot more of her body is shown. But you just have to get into that moment and get on with it.”

He explains: “I picked it because my character, Malachy, is a complicated lad with all kinds of teenage emotions and rebellion swirling around inside.”

But he admits he struggled to relate to rebellious, Malachy because of his unusual childhood, growing up in the public eye. “Basically, I was ­starring in the Potter films, earning a good salary and being recognised in the street – who’d want to rebel against that?” he quips.

“I know some people are going to ­criticise the use of drugs in the film but, as I get older, I’m naturally going to do more of these adult roles.”

The shoot lasted just four weeks, including rehearsals. The crew filmed 11 scenes a day – compared to just one with the Potter films.

We’re talking as Rupert’s being driven back to his home after a long day on the Potter set in Hertfordshire.

Original article found here: Telegraph | April 22, 2010

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