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Driving Lessons is your first big gig since starring in the Harry Potter flicks. How does it feel?
Rupert Grint:
It’s a bit nerve-wracking because it’s [totally] different than anything I’ve ever done before.

Was it weird to film without Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson?
It was quite weird because on Harry Potter, the main bit of the cast is all kids. There weren’t many kids on this one.

Why did you decide to do a different type of movie now?
The Harry Potter movies are so long, and as good as they are, it’s nice to do something different. This came up, and I figured it would be a nice change. It’s a much more grown up film — there’s a bit of swearing in it. Also, I was looking forward to the driving bit.

Do you have your driver’s license?
I’m learning. I’m not bad. I’ve been learning for a long time, but I’m getting there.

You had your first onscreen kiss in this flick. How was it?
That was a bit different. It wasn’t as bad as I thought.

In the Harry Potter movies, you did a lot of acting with a blue screen, where special effects were added in later. How did it feel to just do straight acting in a natural setting?
It was different. [With] every Harry Potter, [there’s] been blue screens — we’ve had to act with nothing. It was much easier not having to do that this time. There are no special effects with this one; it’s more straightforward, which made it more appealing to do because of the contrast.

Who do you relate to more — Ron Weasley or Ben?
Ron. Ben’s sort of shy and really sort of quiet and a bit complicated. I think I’m more laid back.

How does it feel to have girls fawn over you now?
It was really hard to get used to — it was a bit weird at first. Now, I think I’m all right with it.

Would you ever date a fan?
Yeah, I think so, if they were nice enough.

Would you ever date a co-star?
It would be a bit weird — seeing them everyday. I don’t know if it would work.

What do you look for in a girl?
A good sense of humor.

Original article found here: Star Slides | October 2006

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