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Rupert Grint on fulfilling a childhood ambition and his brother’s rally driving career.

You couldn’t make it up: in real life Rupert Grint’s favourite motor is an ice-cream van – and his brother James is a hugely talented rally star. They explain how it all came to this…

Hearing that their son wants to enter the highly precarious world of professional acting is every parent’s secret nightmare. When their other son then announces his ambition to become a professional rally driver, most parents would throw up their hands in utter despair. Luckily for the Grints, their sons’ far-fetched dreams turned out perfectly.

Rupert’s role as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies means he is now worth £24 million; James, meanwhile, is now one of Britain’s fastest-rising rally drivers as part of the British Racing Grint team owned by his father, with his sights set on competing in the world championship in 2013.

Despite his colossal wealth, Rupert, 23, has refused to yield to the obvious temptation of luxuries such as high-end supercars.

For this Live shoot, his choice of vehicle is a 1974 Mr Whippy Bedford van – one of his first purchases when the Potter cash began rolling in (although it’s not his only car).

James, 21, opts for the £70,000 customised Mitsubishi Evo 9 he’s driving in this year’s British championship.

RUPERT ‘I was the first of the Potter actors to learn to drive. I passed my test at the second time of trying. On the set, there’d always be a lot of talk about cars among the cast, although Daniel Radcliffe never joined in. He’s never been into cars at all.

‘My first ambition was to become an ice-cream man, which is why I bought the Bedford van. Not long after I first got it, I pulled into a pub to do a U-turn and there were eight kids with their pocket money out, hoping to buy a 99 or whatever. But I had nothing to give them. I’ve learnt my lesson since then.

‘I keep my van well stocked. It’s got a proper machine that dispenses Mr Whippy ice cream and I buy my lollies wholesale – 50 for a tenner – so I never run short. I’m not allowed to sell my merchandise. I’d need a licence for that.

‘I tend to avoid July and August, but the rest of the year I’ll drive around the local villages and if I see some kids looking like they’re in need of ice creams, I’ll pull over and dish them out for free. They’ll say, “Ain’t you Ron Weasley?” And I’ll say, “It’s strange, I get asked that a lot.”

‘The van often comes in useful. I drove it up to the set on the last day of filming on Harry Potter. The cast and crew were having a barbecue and I supplied the lollies and ice creams.
‘James and I grew up with a love for cars and a love for racing. We started with scooters, then moved on to go-karts and quad bikes. James will claim that he always won. I remember it differently.

‘He has a daredevil instinct that I lack. He will try pretty much anything, regardless of the physical risk. He would always be coming up with crazy stunts. One time, he built these long ramps and decided to jump over my grandad on a mountain bike. Thankfully, he made a clean jump. If he’d landed on Grandad, it wouldn’t have been a pretty sight.’

JAMES ‘I was nine when Rupert got the part in Harry Potter. We all thought he was going to a normal audition. As a family we had no idea of the scale of it. It was only when we attended the first London premiere that it dawned on us how big a deal this was.

‘I’ve never looked at Rupert’s success and thought, “That could have been me.” I could never have been an actor. By the time Rupert’s career was taking off, I’d already made up my mind that I wanted to be a racing driver. If anything, Rupert’s success spurred me on to excel in my own field.

‘People would always be asking me what it was like to have a famous brother. I didn’t think of him as famous. And he never got too big for his boots. I’d have been the first to tell him if he did. At first everyone knew me as Rupert Grint’s brother. Then I had to carve out an identity for myself, which I did by being good at sports.
‘What I love about rallying is that it’s all- encompassing. You need to be a master of every surface – Tarmac, gravel, snow and ice. Rallying is regarded as the poor cousin to Formula 1 but I think there’s every chance that could change in the coming years. I’d like to be at the forefront of that.’

RUPERT ‘I did go through an anxious period after Harry Potter ended. Of course I always knew it would come to an end. But it took some getting used to.

‘Now I’m starting to enjoy the freedom. I can afford to choose my acting roles carefully and I’m able to enjoy my leisure time. I’m perfectly happy tootling around town in my ice-cream van, haring up the motorway in my Audi, or messing around on my hovercraft in the back garden.

‘As much as anything, I like the fact that I can attend my brother’s rally meetings. Now that we’re all grown up and no longer racing against each other, few things give me greater pleasure than seeing him win.’

Rupert Grint’s new film, ‘Into The White’, is out later this year


Original article found here: dailymail.co.uk | March 4, 2012

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Rupert Grint is NOT retiring at 22. Phew

If you’ve slumped into a deep, Harry Potter-shaped depression now that the films are finally over, then at least Rupert Grint has given us a little glimmer of hope to cling on to, as he’s announced that just because his 10-year stint as ginger hottie Ron Weasley is over, he still has no plans to give up acting. Phew.

“I don’t think I’ll ever retire,” he announced. “I still have ambitions. I love being on set, and I want to do more movies. I’m very lucky to have that cushion, but I’d like to keep going. I like testing my capabilities.”
Rupe also opened up about money and, despite being worth more than £19million, says he isn’t planning on sticking with acting just because of the mega-bucks.

“I have quite a strange relationship with money, really,” he said. “At age 11, money isn’t really a big thing at all. I never thought about being rich. Then suddenly you have all this money, and it doesn’t seem like it’s real. I’ve never seen it. I don’t know where it is. It’s weird, kind of like a fantasy.”

But this is the man, after all, who has splashed out on an ice cream van, a quad bike, a go-kart, a hovercraft, an orange Land Rover, a selection of arcade games, and a Hummer-style golf cart.

Talking about the end of Harry Potter, Rupert admitted that although he was sad that it was all over, he was looking forward to moving on and trying something new.

So, what do you think he should do next?


Original article found here: heatworld.com| July 18th, 2011

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Rupert Grint: Harry Potter Insight

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Rupert Grint finally gets the girl. That girl is Hermione (Emma Watson) and for fans of the iconic literary series, that moment could not come soon enough. The only problem is that the ultimate moment for Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger comes in what will serve as the last audiences will ever see of the world of Harry Potter.

Rupert Grint was rather candid about the closing chapter that is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 when we caught up with him. Grint is engrossed on what the rest of the world is currently feeling as Deathly Hallows premieres and a part of our pop cultural collective lives… and ends.
For the kid who bought an ice cream truck with his Harry Potter earnings, it was fitting that he drove it on the set for the final day of filming, stocked with frozen treats. Rupert Grint’s portrayal of Ron is nothing less than perfect. He provides a power that is both sweet innocence coupled with an unwavering belief in his roommate, best friend and Dumbledore Army leader Harry Potter.

Rupert Grint kisses and tells

SheKnows: Was the kissing Hermione (Emma Watson) scene as epic as it is for fans?

Rupert Grint: It was a tricky one to do. Obviously I’ve known Emma so long, she’s like my sister. We were mutually both dreading the scene. We just wanted to make it believable. With the romance of it, because it’s been built up for so many years, we wanted people to think that we actually wanted to kiss each other. In reality we didn’t!

SheKnows: Did they make you do it over and over? Or was it just a couple of takes?

Rupert Grint: We did about four takes. I find it hard to recall anything about that day. It’s been erased from my mind!

SheKnows: What was your favorite scene in the entire series?

Rupert Grint: There are so many really, I find it hard to pick out one, but I think the chess scene in the first one was quite good. It was a huge set and things were being blown up. It was just the coolest place to be.

Ron is Rupert?

SheKnows: Having grown up portraying Ron, how like him are you?

Rupert Grint: After 10 years playing the same guy every day, I think you do naturally morph into him. We have become Ronpert which I think will stay with me for a while. I have always felt this close connection to Ron throughout all the films. There will always be a bit of Ron in me for the rest of my life.

SheKnows: How did personal time with J.K. Rowling aid your effort to capture Ron Weasley over eight films?

Rupert Grint: Whenever J.K. Rowling came to the set and we would chat, we rarely ever spoke about the story, we just kind of chatted generally. She filled us in with the epilogue, where the characters go and what they do for a living, she had written kind of the rest of their lives really, so that was quite interesting to hear what we all became. I worked in the ministry doing something and I forgot what Emma’s character was doing.

SheKnows: How did you deal with the immense spotlight these films have brought you?

Rupert Grint: The attention is quite strange and never being invisible completely. It took me a while to adjust to it, because I was always quite a shy kid. It’s something you actually take for granted. I remember the first time I was recognized was at a shopping center where I live which was near a school and the first film had just come out. It was really weird but I enjoyed it. It was quite cool actually, as it’s something I’ve never really hid from. It’s just become a part of my life now.

SheKnows: What prompted you to buy an ice cream truck?

Rupert Grint: The ice cream truck was something I’ve always wanted. That’s what I wanted to be was to be an ice cream man. So as soon as I passed my driving test, I got an ice cream van.

SheKnows: Are you a role model for redheads?

Rupert Grint: I’ve always been quite a proud ginger. Having ginger hair is not the coolest thing really. It’s nice that Ron is quite a respected ginger and Prince Harry as well. Yeah, I get a lot of support from the ginger community.

Grint on aging

SheKnows: How does filming Deathly Hallows Part 2 compare to the other seven films?

Rupert Grint: This was the most depressing one actually I have ever done. It was deathly. I think it helps you get into the mood when you’re on the set and hearing Maggie Smith sobbing, it brought the mood down.

SheKnows: How did you like seeing yourself as an older man?

Rupert Grint: The first attempt for my character in particular was quite terrifying. I looked like a monster really — a bit like a Donald Trump — I had no hair and I was obese [laughs]. I think it was a bit too much. Then they found the balance finally. It was a very strange thing to film really, just sitting in the makeup chair and watching them gradually age me. It was quite terrifying.

SheKnows: With the second version that you shot, do you feel like you’ve seen yourself 20 years from now?

Rupert Grint: It would be interesting to compare it in 19 years to see how accurate it is. I hope not [laughs]!

SheKnows: How do you feel about the ending of the Harry Potter movies?

Rupert Grint: It’s been a very weird time really of accepting the end. We finished filming a year ago and I now have this quite empty feeling. It’s taken me quite a while to accept. We had the London premiere two days ago and I got really emotional! I’m not usually that emotional. This experience has really been my childhood. I’m sure I’ll get used to it.

SheKnows: Did one particular scene while filming the final film get you?

Rupert Grint: Where it’s the three of us after the battle and we are walking on the bridge and the castle is destroyed behind us — it felt kind of parallel with our own lives really. It has been quite emotional and seeing the film as well, I did get quite choked up at the end. It’s quite sad because I’m going to really miss it.


Original article found here: sheknows.com| July 13th, 2011

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Rupert Grint bids farewell to Ron


NEW YORK – Nobody seems to enjoy the Harry Potter experience more than Rupert Grint, these days.

Previously, the reluctant conversationalist would endure interviews, but the 22-year-old seems genuinely at ease as he enters a fancy Manhattan hotel suite.

He flashes his sheepish grin while looking positively pleased with life as he knows it, even though the end is near.

Opening worldwide on Friday, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 completes the record-setting run of eight movies based on the seven bestselling J. K. Rowling fantasy novels.

In the final David Yates-directed chapter, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Grint) continue their quest to destroy the magical Horcrux objects, which will stop the evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) from becoming immortal.

When the trio’s mission leads them back to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, a showdown looms between Harry and Voldemort.

But Part 2 isn’t all about battles and special effects; the film also features the long-awaited smooch between Hermione (Watson) and Ron (Grint), as their relationship heats up.

Grint seems just as bewildered by the interest in the kiss and the romance between Ron and Hermione as his character is.

“It was a tricky one to do,” he said of the lip-lock with Watson, who had become like a sister to Grint. “We were both mutually dreading the scene.”
Four takes later, they nailed it, and Grint hopes the kiss will be believable to Potter fans.

“It’s been built up for so many years,” said the actor. “But I’m trying to erase it from my mind.”

He would rather recall the Gringotts Wizarding Bank heist, in which Harry, Ron and Hermione get trapped inside the Lestrange vault. “We’re drowning in all this gold,” he said. “It’s a great scene to be a part of.”

Then there was the emotion associated with the harrowing moments of loss during the Battle of Hogwarts and the parallel feelings of sadness about the franchise concluding.

It made acting sullen easier.

“The Hogwarts Great Hall looked like the hospital wing in a Second World War movie,” said Grint of the confrontation’s aftermath. “And hearing Maggie Smith (as Professor Minerva McGonagall) sobbing brought everything down.”

On another front, he’s more relieved than pleased with the fact that director Yates did re-shoots of the epilogue depicting Harry, Ron and Hermione as parents 19 years later. Originally, Yates decided to age the actors with heavy makeup and hair pieces, but the adornments turned out to be too much, especially Ron’s.

“In the first attempt, my character was particularly terrifying,” he recalled. “The image still haunts me. I looked like a monster, really, a sort of Donald Trump mixture.”

Eventually, Yates and crew “really did find the right balance” of makeup and computer effects to age all three seamlessly.

Meanwhile, Grint said he’s become more Ron-like over the past 10 years.

“I’ve always felt this close connection to Ron,” said Grint, who won a Ron look-alike contest before auditioning for the film part.

“And after a decade of playing the same person, you do naturally morph into this guy. A bit of Ron will be in me for the rest of my life.”

A bit of red-headed activism will be a part of his life, too

“I get a lot of people from the ginger community shaking my hand,” he said. “In England, not so much in America, it’s not the coolest thing (being red-headed), really, and they get hassled.

“It’s nice I can get some respect for the gingers,” he said, adding with a smile, “and Prince Harry is really cool, too.”

Radcliffe might be the intense one, and Watson, the self-assured over-achiever, but Grint is the most casually glib of the three headliners.

Certainly, he has enjoyed his Potter rewards more conspicuously. He owns two country mansions in Hertfordshire, England, including an 18th-century quasi-castle with six bedrooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and two cottages in 22-acre grounds.

He also has a fancy farmhouse with a lake, lots of farm animals and a staff to take care of the hobbyist spread.

Besides Grint’s much-discussed Mr. Whippy ice-cream truck, he’s often photographed driving a beat-up pickup truck. He also owns a Range Rover, a VW camper van, and – because he wanted one – a hovercraft.

The ice-cream truck seems to get the most press, however. “It’s something I’ve always wanted, a childhood dream. As soon as I passed my driver’s test, I got one.”

He’ll have a lot more time to entertain friends and family with the vehicle, as he considers the next steps after his obligations to promote Part 2 soon come to an end.

“We finished filming a year ago, and I was left with an empty feeling,” Grint said. “It’s been weird accepting that it’s done. It’s going to take a while to let go, but I am slowly getting used to it.”


Original article found here: The Vancouver Sun | July 11th, 2011

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Ron Weasley visits Beaulieu

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint paid a surprise visit to the National Motor Museum in the New Forest.

Grint, who plays Ron Weasley in the movie franchise, was at Beaulieu to see the ‘Flying’ Ford Anglia featured in the second film, ”Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’.

The car is on display in the National Motor Museum during 2011.

In the film, Harry Potter’s school friend Ron Weasley acquired the car after it was stolen.

The Anglia was a standard car until Ron’s Dad, Arthur Weasley enchanted it, making it able to fly, become invisible to Muggles and to carry his entire family despite its modest size.

In the real world, Rupert has added the Anglia to his collection of quirky cars, along with an Ice Cream Van, a modified VW Camper and a BMW Isetta bubble car.

The ‘Flying’ Ford Anglia can be seen as part of a visit to the National Motor Museum, including World of Top Gear and the James Bond Experience.


Original article found here: New Car Net | February 14th, 2011

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HARRY POTTER AND THE MULTI-MILLIONAIRE FILM STARS

ON THE eve of the latest episode in the series we reveal how the youngsters plucked from obscurity to play the lead roles became wealthy enough to retire for life before their 21st birthdays.

NEXT week one of the biggest cultural global events of the decade will take place – the first part of the last Harry Potter film will be released.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, which has been filmed in two parts, will almost certainly become the highest grossing film of all time.

The past six Harry Potter films have already made more £3.3billion so far and have helped turn JK Rowling into the world’s richest and only billionaire author. Many hundreds of millions more have been made from video games and merchandising.

However, Rowling, Hollywood and the marketing men are not the only ones to have benefited financially from the fantasy novels about life at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The actors who play Harry Potter and his two chums have also become phenomenally rich.

Daniel Radcliffe who plays Harry Potter, Emma Watson who takes the role of Hermoine Granger and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley have all become multi-millionaires. And yet unlike so many young footballers or teenage rock stars the young thespians have so far behaved in a remarkably adult way about their money. Hogwarts has taught them to be sensible.

The three child actors were first cast in their roles in early 2000, when the first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was made. Daniel was 10, Rupert was 11 and Emma only nine. Not surprisingly all three were complete innocents about financial matters. They had pocket money for sweets and little else. “I don’t know how much money I have and I don’t need to know because I am only a kid,” said Daniel after the release of the second Harry Potter movie Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets in 2002.

“I have no idea what I’m going to do with all this money,” said Rupert innocently in 2003. “My dad never told me about how much I was earning,” said Emma. Now of course the trio have grown up and are conscious of their wealth. When I was 18 my father sat me down for a money conversation,” said Emma, now 20, who had been living on an allowance of £50 a week until then. By the fourth film the money was starting to get serious. I had no idea. I felt sick, very emotional.”

In a bid to cope she enrolled at a course run by the Queen’s bankers Coutts, which taught her how to manage money. The result is that she has barely touched her estimated £22million fortune, although she has invested in a ski chalet in Meribel, France, and a £3million house in north London. Earlier this year, for example, she was living in modest student digs while studying for her degree at America’s Brown University on Rhode Island.

“The truth is I just like to pretend that the money doesn’t exist,” said Emma, who was paid £10million for her part in the two Deathly Hallows films that end the series and is one of the movie industry’s top 40 earners. “It’s amazing how many children are aware from such a young age about money being important or supposedly impressive.

Around 13 or 14, kids used to come up to me and say, ‘You the girl on Harry Potter? How much do you make?’ I never knew. “Obviously now I realise I have enough money never to have to work again but I would never want that.

Clothes are probably my biggest expenditure and make-up. But I really don’t have time to spend my money.

Sometimes my bank manager calls to say ‘You haven’t used your card in a while and now you’re using it. No one’s stolen it, have they?’” Daniel Radcliffe is now the highest earning male actor in the world. He is said to be worth £42million and is considerably richer than, for example, Princes William or Harry. His friends say that he doesn’t care much about the money although Daniel said recently that what he does like about it is that it has given him “room for manoeuvre”.

“Obviously I’m in a very fortunate position where I don’t have to do things for the money,” he says. “I can simply do them because there’s an interesting character and a good director involved. What I love is acting rather than all the stuff that goes with it. The money is fantastic and I’m very grateful but it’s not the main thing that drives me. Being on rich lists is all very nice, but I am my own person. What people write about me doesn’t make me who I am.”

Daniel’s parents, like those of Emma Watson, were protective of their son and sent him to an ordinary state school. “I really am a pretty normal guy and I don’t have a fleet of Ferraris,” he said. (He drives a new VW Golf that he says is “a perfect car for zipping around”). He admits that rather than spend money he would prefer to sit in a darkened room in his underpants watching cricket and eating pasta.

He is known for supporting charities and has made several donations to help children’s hospices. Last year he made a major donation to the Trevor Project, a US organisation that runs a helpline for troubled lesbian and gay youngsters. However he is not letting his fortune sit in the bank. He has two New York apartments (costing £3million each) and has recently bought a fi vebedroom town house in the fashionable part of the city for £4million. He also has a flat in west London and is building up a modern art collection.

“The only thing I’m likely to spend on is art,” he says, “as that’s the only thing I’m interested in that costs a lot of money.” Rupert Grint is a year older than Daniel Radcliffe and while he might play second string to Harry Potter in the wizardry department he is probably the most financially astute of his co-stars.

The red-headed actor, who is estimated to be worth around £20million, owns two country mansions in Hertfordshire, the newest of which is an £5million 18th-century house with five reception rooms, six bedroom suites, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and two cottages in 22-acre grounds.

Until he bought that mansion he was living with his parents in the other house, a farmhouse that was bought for him in 2003 with a lake, a herd of pigs and its own putting green. He has also bought a £500,000 house in the county with his father Nigel, a former racing car driver, which the two of them plan to develop. But Rupert, like his co-stars, has certainly not adopted a typical celebrity lifestyle.

He drives a dilapidated pick-up truck and a working ice-cream van – an early Mr Whippy model, which he has restored and uses to serve his friends free cones. He also has a restored VW Camper van, a Range Rover and a hovercraft. “People stereotype child actors and expect you to go off the rails and be a bit crazy but that’s not really happened yet,” says Rupert. “I’ve never fancied that footballer lifestyle. I prefer to be in Hertfordshire where I was brought up and to be among my old friends.”

Like many other 22-year-olds, he likes watching TV, playing golf and going to the pub with his mates, one of whom is a teacher and another who works in a café. Next July the second part of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows will be released. It will be the end of the Potter films.

JK Rowling has said she will not write any more Potter books and unlike Star Wars it would be impossible for anybody else to write a sequel. “I’m sad to leave it behind but it is time to move on,” said Daniel after filming finished earlier this year. He, unlike Emma, is intending to continue acting rather than go to university.

“I’m feeling a mixture of things now that it’s over,” says Rupert. “It’s been a huge part of my life. But I’m ready to go and do other things.” “I know it sounds dramatic but I feel my life as I knew it is over,” says Emma. “My whole life was been about Harry Potter and now it’s shut down. It is time to consider other careers.”

Whatever happens to all three child actors, not only will they ever need to worry about money again, it also seems that they will live sensible, moderate and happy lives – 10 years of Hogwarts magic appear to have guaranteed that.


Original article found here: Express UK | November 8th, 2010

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Rupert Grint – Can I Have My Life Back Now?

Rupert Grint On Life After 10 Years Of Ron Weasley

The Harry Potter star on growing up in the spotlight, girlfriends (he’d like one) and ten years playing Ron Weasley

The Harry Potter set, somewhere near Watford, England. After ten years, seven books and eight films, the Death Eaters are circling the biggest movie franchise in history. The end is nigh. Here at Leavesden Studios, the great hall of Hogwarts lies empty, its long tables and candelabra stretching silently into the distance. The remains are here of Dumbledore’s study, the Gryffindor dormitory with its child-sized beds, the Dark Arts classroom and the special-effects green screen before which Ford Anglias flew, golden snitches were snatched and willows whomped. Here is where hippogriffs and shrunken heads were moulded, where Bertie Bott’s Beans were bottled, and where the fully motorised three-storey purple Knight Bus once parked.

This is where words such as muggle and dementor entered screen language; this is where Generation Potter was formed – and abandoned. The cast and crew are thronging around the barbecue in their hundreds at this, the wrap party for the final film. A home video is being shown of outtakes and emotional moments from the past 450 days of back-to-back filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2. There’s a whiff of melancholy in the air. Suddenly people hear the tinkle of an ice-cream van. It’s an early Mr Whippy model, restored from its heyday in the Seventies, bought on eBay for a song. The van driver and owner is Rupert Grint, Ron Weasley’s alter ego. He rolls in, opens his serving hatch and cheers everyone up by offering free 99 cones with Flakes – “and chocolate oysters”, he adds, grinning.

“I had them, but no sprinkles,” says Grint later, lolling on a sofa in Claridge’s. “You get a bucket of ice-cream mix, put it in the machine, press a button and pull a lever, but it’s actually quite hard getting the technique to do a perfect swirl on the cone. I used to go everywhere in the Mr Whippy van, but it’s only got one seat and it’s quite tricky to drive.”

There’s a pleasant down-to-earthness about Grint. He played the straightforward, geeky guy in the Potter saga, and while he likes to be the life and soul of the cast party, in the outside world he shows no signs of grandeur or swanking around London with fast cars and women. Yet he’s worth an estimated £20 million and made it on to The Sunday Times Rich List.

“I’ve never fancied that footballer lifestyle,” says Grint. His vehicle collection includes a Range Rover, but also the Mr Whippy van and a restored green VW Camper – not exactly Ferrari territory. “I suppose I could live that kind of flash life. People stereotype child actors and kind of expect you to go off the rails a bit, be a bit crazy, but that’s not really happened yet. I’ve got a big family so that helps, and they live really close to the studios so it’s just so much easier.

The ice-cream van was a nostalgic distraction as the work on Deathly Hallows Part 1, out this month, and Part 2, out next July, drew to a close. For the three actors who have given their teenage years to the mammoth film project, there’s also a curious sense of relief. Harry, Hermione and Ron – and their other halves Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Grint – are free at last.

“It felt like the last day at school,” says Grint. “Packing up all the stuff in my dressing room, all the old toys still there from when I was 11… I’d underestimated how emotional it would be. We all cried.”

His hair is dishevelled and he wears a Kennedy-Nixon T-shirt with the word “LOVE” printed on it in pink, a hoody and tracksuit bottoms. Now 22, he has spent nearly half his life as Ron, more than a decade inhabiting someone else’s skin and appalling home-knitted jumpers. Ron’s suffering, joys and stupid jokes all helped to form connections between Grint’s synapses as he grew up. When you talk to him, the crossover with Ron is abundantly clear. Indeed, the Harry Potter films could be seen as a weird scientific experiment on the child stars. How much have their fictional characters influenced them, rather than the other way around? What part of their internal world has been built by J. K. Rowling and the studio system on the way to adulthood? What will they take with them now they have graduated from Hogwarts, the only high school they know?

Long ago Grint watched an item about the Harry Potter auditions on Newsround, sent in a video of himself rapping about how he deserved the part, and was invited for a trial. “I suppose when they selected us as kids, they weren’t expecting us to act that much. They didn’t really want kids from drama school. I always felt quite a strong connection to Ron. I don’t know if it was just a ginger thing though,” he says, laughing. His hair is actually less carroty in real life: “Yes, the sun calms it down a little bit.” As for the Rupert-Ron intermingling, he says: “Possibly I’ve taken on some of his characteristics and we have merged into the same kind of person.”

“When he first started he was really cute and really shy,” recalls Julie Walters, who has played Grint’s screen mum Molly Weasley from the start. “My abiding memory of him is at the first premiere and Grant, my husband, and I looked at Rupert and there was a beautiful little moon face, and he looked like a rabbit caught in the flashbulbs. He was such a sweetheart you wanted to cuddle him.”

Grint would probably cringe at this, but Watson and Radcliffe are disturbingly like their characters, too – what could a casting director do but typecast when faced with 10 and 11-year-olds? Watson is a bookworm with fashion sense; polite, studious and with much the same work ethic that we see on screen, having taken four A levels and landed at Brown University in America. Radcliffe is the straight guy with a touch of rebellion – hence his attempt to break out when he took to the London stage nude in Equus. His next film, The Woman in Black, is from the revitalised Hammer horror studio, and his recent paint-spattered photoshoot in Dazed & Confused magazine threw fans into fervid debate.

Meanwhile Grint is a man of the people, the ordinary, cheerful guy whose pleasures include watching daytime telly, playing golf and going to the pub with his mates. Like Ron, he has a large family – he is the eldest of five, “but the only ginger one” – and still lives at home in a Hertfordshire village with his mum and his dad, who deals in Formula One ephemera. Grint’s acting career began in plays at his local primary school.

In terms of a theatrical education, Grint has seen more leading men and women close up than most young actors. The Potter franchise has always prided itself on hiring Britain’s finest thesps for all the adult parts. In Deathly Hallows, the list includes Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Richard Griffiths, John Hurt, Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Imelda Staunton and Julie Walters.

“Alan Rickman [who plays the menacing Severus Snape] fascinates me,” says Grint. “He always seems to be in character. He’s really quite intimidating with that air about him. Actually, he’s nice to talk to, but he’s got this presence that makes you feel like he’s unapproachable.” Julie Walters is one of his favourites. “I’m quite close to her. She’s warm. She really is like my mum, and she’s seen us grow up.” And in her fictional guise, she supposedly knits Ron all those embarrassing, itchy, Brillo-pad jumpers he’s forced to wear.

It turns out those awful brown cardies were among the most expensive of any of the costumes. Some were handknitted, some were even Dolce & Gabbana.“But it all looks terrible, and it’s really uncomfortable to wear,” says Grint. Despite these trials, he never wanted to give up Potter. “I was always keen to keep going,” he says. “I didn’t know what else to do and I was grateful for it. It was better than school, and I get a real buzz out of acting.”

So far, Grint’s productions away from the Potter franchise include Thunderpants (enough said) in 2002, and more recently Driving Lessons with Julie Walters in 2006. This year saw him in so-so films Wild Target with Bill Nighy and the indie Cherrybomb.

Perhaps the perfect part – goofy, geeky, funny and determined – awaits Grint. There are plans for a British biopic of Eddie the Eagle, the self-taught ski jumper who entered the 1988 Olympics. The film is still at an early stage, and there are problems to overcome – the fact that he can’t ski, for a start. “But I don’t think I’ll be doing the jumping. Eddie’s a typical British eccentric. I’m fond of that kind of underdog thing. It’s amazing what he did. Really amazing courage – and insanity. Plus he had trouble with his glasses. I’m much more comfortable with those sorts of characters than the leading man stuff.”

He does have to have a crack at that stuff in the new Potter, though. In The Deathly Hallows, Ron is a changed creature, no longer jovial and clowning, but serious, angst-ridden and moody. The latest publicity photos show pale, edgy characters who have clearly seen the dark night of the soul. Perhaps it’s just opportunistic marketing, but Ron, Harry and Hermione look more like sickly Twilight teenagers.

“My part really improves,” says Grint. “It’s more complicated. Ron has a total freak-out, and gets jealous and angry. There’s a lot of paranoia and grief, and he falls in love. It’s quite a big moment for him.”

Readers of the final book will know that the search is on in Part 1 for the Horcruxes, objects and creatures that the evil Voldemort needs to secure his power. The three friends have left the safety of Hogwarts to find the Horcruxes, and are being pursued across England by the Death Eaters, who must bring Harry to Voldemort alive. J. K. Rowling described the first half of the book as “a bizarre road movie” (possibly indicating that she was writing with more of an eye on the screen), while the second half is a pitched battle in Hogwarts. These are dark and bloody times. Long-treasured characters die at the hands of Voldemort and his Death Eaters; schoolchildren are scarred; an ear is lost; torture in the form of the gruesome Cruciatus Curse becomes worryingly commonplace.

The final book and this film also include the first kiss between Ron and Hermione, a relief for frustrated viewers. Rowling hinted at an attraction between the two for a long time, and there were petty jealousies and near misses. “The kiss happened quite naturally, and in the second part of Deathly Hallows they’re really quite couply, holding hands a lot. It wasn’t like it came from nowhere. It was quite a tricky kiss, a bit strange, but quite sweet really. It was just one shot, but we had about six takes. It was all right, yeah. Easy after the first take,” says Grint, then adds, “I’ve almost no memory of it at all.”

While Radcliffe, now single and heading for the New York stage, has always had girlfriends since he was 14, Grint says he found it “quite difficult to sustain a relationship, because I was so busy. I went out with people, but never anything too serious. It wasn’t that easy. Now it’s something I’m really looking forward to.”

There should be no shortage of applicants, given the number of Grint fan clubs on the web, although girls show their appreciation in strange ways – by constantly sending him pyjamas, for example. “And the American fan club makes me a birthday gift every year. They made this big montage poster thing with photos of a cardboard cutout of me in different countries,” he says, rolling his eyes.

Grint often gets followed down the street or accosted in bars. When he goes with his mates to rock festivals, he has been known to wear a duck mask, just so he can walk around freely. “You develop an instinct for it. You can hear people saying your name, feel their stares. But it depends where you are. Here in Britain, people are a lot more reserved. In America it’s kind of crazy: louder, a few screams, and they want me to sign stuff – them. I once signed a tattoo of me, Dan and Emma on a guy’s arm. He was quite an old guy, 40, freaky, quite weird. It wasn’t a great tattoo either. I looked a bit like Anne Robinson.”

Hidden deep in Hertfordshire, among old friends who are teachers and even work in cafés, Grint avoids the insane fans. Yet with a flat in London that he uses occasionally and some other property investments, he could take off. “Leave home? It’s quite a scary thought. I’m not the most independent person and that’s the result. When you’re always surrounded by people it becomes quite normal.”

The baby-faced actors had no idea what they were letting themselves in for when they first did a screen test together in August 2000, and only four Potter books had been written at that point. They were about to grow up together on catering-trolley food in an utterly artificial environment. Radcliffe, Watson and Grint’s awkward teenage moments took place in public, rather than before a bedroom mirror. “When I think back, it is kind of hazy,” says Grint. “I was quite overwhelmed, to be honest. I didn’t know what was coming. We’ll always be friends, more like brothers and sisters, but it’s nice to take a break.”

The child actors were tutored on set, and Grint is the only one who did not go on to take A levels, bailing out of formal education at GCSE level. “I found it hard to work and study. After I finished school I just kind of watched daytime TV. I love the Antiques Roadshow, yeah, or any old antiques programme like Dickinson’s Real Deal. I miss daytime telly now it’s all over. The mornings were best. The Jeremy Kyle Show…”

There’s something slightly melancholy about a 22-year-old saying this, however ironically, and life on the Potter set has entailed a sort of arrested development for Grint, which he is trying to shake off. “I’m feeling a mixture of things now that it’s over,” he says. “It’s been a huge part of my life. But I’m ready to go.”


Original article found here: The Sunday Times | November 6, 2010

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Ice cream man Rupert Grint

Rupert Grint is looking forward to having no working commitments this summer because he is planning a road trip in his customised ice cream van.

Rupert Grint is going on a road trip in an ice cream van.

The 21-year-old actor is looking forward to a leisurely summer when shooting ends on the two ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ films – the final movies in the franchise in which he plays wizard Ron Weasley – after spending time improving the vehicle to make it driveable.

He said: “I’ve just had it done up because when I got it, it was a bit rough.

“I don’t use it much in the winter but now it’s open season with the weather improving.

“It’s not the most practical vehicle and I’ve stopped playing the music because you get young kids running out of their houses trying to buy a Cornetto. It’s basically a kitchen on wheels but I love it. I’ve always wanted one.”

Despite his excitement about his trip, Rupert is sad to be leaving the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise after nine years, even though he admits it did affect his friendships.

He explained in an interview with the Daily Mirror newspaper: “It feels a bit strange now that it’s coming to an end because it’s been such a massive part of my life.

“There’s nothing I’d really change, except perhaps my school days. Whenever I got back after filming it was hard to adjust because you had missed all the in-jokes and school trips and I felt a bit out of it.”


Original article found here: STV | April 22nd, 2010

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Rupert Grint interview with Edith Bowman

Rupert Grint interview with Edith Bowman

Transcribed by Morgan (Cookimonstress)

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July 2009

Part 1

Edith: You can listen back—watch back, or just you know, ogle at the beautiful at the beautifulness of Kings of Leon online bbc.co.uk/teainthepot. If you go to bbc.com/radio, you can you can see a picture of moi Muggle-less and now totally in the zone. In the HP zone here and we’re actually walking around the set. This is quite incredible! James King, we see lots of lights—enormous lights! We can see—.

James: I think what’s so great about being out here is the—obviously, when you’re in Dumbledore’s office and just come out of there, you know, it’s full-on Harry Potter world! The moment you step out of the office you’re in building sites. There are lots of people. Kind of laborers, you know, that are looking at doing stuff, People sawing people…Chain sawing stuff, building things—.

Edith: Sawing people, or just—.

James: And it’s just, uh, they saw them in half! They’re magicians, you see. It’s Harry Potter!

Edith: [laughs]

James: No, it’s completely like building site mode. You can be anywhere, but as soon as you go through a certain door or a certain alleyway you’re back in Harry Potter world. It messes with your head a little bit.

Edith: It really does! It’s almost like you’re walking through seasons and you’re walking through different parts of the world and the country, and stuff. The height of the ceiling alone just makes you feel tiny!

James: You know you’re in somewhere exciting as well when people tell you that you can’t mention certain things.

Edith: Yeah!

James: “Don’t mention what’s over there because it’s top secret!” We like being in places like that where it’s top secret places.
Edith: Oh! Golf carts, for example, who hand-deliver people like

Rupert Grint.

James: Hello, sir!

Edith: Hello, mate! How are you? Fancy seeing you here!

Rupert: [laughs] How you doing?

Edith: Alright. How are you?

Rupert: Yeah, no. I’m good, yeah.

Edith: Thanks so much for, you know, letting us come into your world on this set.

Rupert: It’s cool, yeah.

Edith: What do you think of my outfit?

Rupert: Oh. Wow! [Laughs] Yeah, I like it. Yeah.

Edith: It’s good, isn’t it! I didn’t know if it goes that way, or what.

All: [Laugh]

Rupert: It looks really good!

Edith: It’s good isn’t it? I wish you were here in the makeup department—.

Rupert: Oh, looking closely—

Edith: Yeah. You can see the joints.

Rupert: Yeah, yeah.

Edith: [Laughs]

Rupert: But, no. It’s cool, yeah.

Edith: Did you get an early start today?

Rupert: Uh, yeah. It was quite early, yeah. Because a lot of

characters got a lot of prosthetics on and stuff. So—

Edith: Early endorse for makeup.

Rupert: Yeah.

Edith: That was me, too. It took them five hours to do this.

Rupert: Five hours?—

Edith: No, I’m joking.

All: [Laugh]

Edith: We just can’t believe—I mean this is the first time we’ve

obviously been here. You’ve been here all for the last ten years, or what?

Rupert: Yeah. Yeah, it’s kind of like a second home really. Yeah. So
it’s…

Edith: Being driven around in golf buggies. That’s “the know” of it. You’ve still got your name on the front, actually!

Rupert: I do have a bike, though. A BMX with my name on it.

Edith: Really?

Rupert: A pink one, yeah.

Edith: You can just keep the fitness level up watching you.

Rupert: Yeah. No, it’s good!

Edith: But, we can’t believe, like, the enormity of the Harry—how massive everything is! And also, there’s obviously, you know, a little bit of “You can’t go there. Don’t look at that. Don’t mention that.” So, they want secrecy around the final two films which—.

Rupert: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Edith: Which is what you’re filming at the minute.

Rupert: Yeah, we’re in Malfoy Manor at the moment. And, yeah, it’s just—it’s amazing kind of walking around there because there’s so many sets and it’s just…Yeah, it’s like, uh…Yeah, it’s incredible. Yeah.

Edith: [Laughs] And, how many times have you seen the new film that’s just out?—Half-Blood Prince.

Rupert: Uh, about four times I’ve seen it. Yeah!

Edith: Does it still kind of amaze you when you watch what it looks like in the final thing, you know, from being in it and just being—you know, we were just saying when you step out of Dumbledore’s office you’re in a building site. But, as soon as you step in a bit it’s quite magical and you feel like you are in it. But, when you see the final thing, is it still quite amazing for you after all this time?

Rupert: It is, yeah. I mean, um, especially with, like–because all the special effects stuff we just don’t see when we’re filming. Like the Quidditch stuff. I had no idea what was going on when I was doing that.

Edith: Well done on that, this new film, by the way.

Rupert: Oh, cheers!

Edith: [?]

Rupert: Oh, cool, yeah.

Edith: It’s like a new skill!

All: [Laugh]

Edith: And we spoke to Jessie early on today. She’s brilliant!

Rupert: She’s great, yeah.

Edith: She said she was kind of a little bit in awe when she turned up to do the screen takes with you because it was all quite ad-lib, and stuff. And that she was pretty much like her character, so…

Rupert: Yeah, because I was kind of involved with, like, the kind of the casting and that. It was—yeah, it was quite—

Edith: Did you get a say there?

Rupert: Yeah, David was quite interested to see kind of my opinion on it I guess.

Edith: She’s fit! [Laughs]

Rupert: Yeah, it was like that because there was kind of about..eight different girls.

Edith: Wow!

Rupert: Yeah, it was quite great, yeah.

Edith: That’s brilliant!

Rupert: [Laughs]

Edith: So, you get to choose your own girlfriend for the film.

Rupert: Yeah, Jessie’s great, though. She kind of didn’t sit it out.
She was quite scary, yeah.

Edith: “Quite scary”. You know, what you want in a real-life girlfriend.

Part 2

Edith: We are back in Dumbledore’s office. And when we arrived this morning and we weren’t allowed to come in—All the rest of the crew here with us came in and set up, and stuff. I mean, when you go to stare it’s like leave until the last minute and come in and they want to see your initial reaction. James and I were properly like [dramatic gasp]. And you can see a video of that online right now; bbc.co.uk/radio1. On the homepage there’s a picture of me in my witch’s outfit although Rupert didn’t see much difference from anyway.

Rupert: [Laughs]

Edith: Click on that and it will take you to the video! And, I’ve got to say congratulations first of all on the new film because you’ve come through as a comedy genius for this film. It’s nice how your character’s developed. Have you been kind of intricate of how Ron’s developed as a character?

Rupert: Um, I don’t know. I mean, every year there’s kind of a different side you see in Ron. And in this one it was—I had a really good time doing this one. It was just nice to have someone to really kind of get stuck in to. Because in the previous one Ron’s been kind of a wimp, really, and not really kind of done much. But, um, yeah, it was nice to kind of see Ron get a bit of glory, really.

Edith: Yeah, you know. He’s loving the Quidditch. He’s also loving the ladies—

James: Let’s be honest. It’s Jessie who mainly you’ll get stuck into in the film.

All: [Laugh]

James: We should explain Jessie is Lavendar, right? Your girlfriend.

Edith: Yeah.

Rupert: Uh, yeah. Jessie’s Ron’s girlfriend and, um, she’s very kind of unstable and kind of obsessed with Ron and it kind of makes Ron feel really uncomfortable.

James: He at first loves her, though, doesn’t he? Because the thing is she’s into him.

Rupert: Oh, yeah. I mean, he’s kind of the Quidditch hero and he kind of gets carried away with the whole kind of attention he’s getting. It kind of slowly becomes slightly annoying.

James: Rupert, we’ve all been there.

Edith and Rupert: [Laugh]

Rupert: Yeah!

Edith: I heard as well that you’re the person on the set that kind of has fits of laughter a lot of the time. You have giggles a lot.

Rupert: Yeah.

Edith: Is that just because you all get on really well, and it just so relaxed on the set for you all?

Rupert: I guess so. But, I mean, uh…I kind of—

Edith: Or, are you just kind of a joker?

Rupert: I don’t know. I mean, this laughing thing has been going on for a long time. It’s kind of a problem I’ve had for a while now. It’s not even real laughter, to be honest [Edith laughs]. It’s just noise. It’s just kind of really annoying. Yeah, you can see it in the crew’s faces because every scene is, like, thirty takes.

Edith: [Laughs] Really?

Rupert: Yeah.

Edith: I heard Emma’s [nickname] was One-Take Watson. Is that right?

Rupert: Yeah. Um, I’m Go-Again Grint!

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Edith: [Laughs] [?] Can we reveal some of your dark secrets if possible, please? We got a couple of questions that might reveal a few things.

Rupert: Oh really? [Laughs]

Edith: Yeah. Have you ever taken a little souvenir from the set?
Rupert: Um…Yes.

Edith and Rupert: [Laugh]

Rupert: Uh, yeah…It’s not really—I mean…um [Laughs]

Edith: Come on, tell us! You can’t say yes and not tell us what it is!

James: [Joking] [?] from behind us over there is Kevin, one of the props guards. Hi, Kevin!

Edith and Rupert: [Laugh]

Rupert: Well, um…Yeah, okay. I took something once from the, uh…Let’s see. It was, um…I took one of the Golden Egg. It was, like, one of the dragon’s Egg. And, uh, yeah, I took that. But I didn’t hang on to it.—

Edith: [Laughing] You lost it!—

Rupert: It was quite a valuable prop. And they traced it down and took off with it.

James and Edith: [Laugh]

Edith: You returned it!

Rupert: But, um…Yeah, I’ve got a tie from the last film; a Gryffindor tie.

Edith: A tie? Brilliant.

Rupert: Yeah, you could probably get [?].

All: [Laugh]

Edith: I wanted to just kind of quietly take one of the forks from the…the big table [in the Great Hall] which is at the end.

Rupert: Oh, yeah!

Edith: Dipped in real gold, [?] they had. Uh, have you ever fancied one of the extras?

All: [Laugh]

Rupert: Um… [Laughs]

Edith: There’s that laugh and then you start—

James: The laugh is basically saying, “Yes, I have”.

Edith: Yeah, it is!

Rupert: Well, um…yeah, I mean, there’s a lot of extras. Some scenes have, like three hundred and fifty.

Edith: There’s got to be at least one, isn’t there?

Rupert: Yeah. Yeah, of course. Haha!

Edith: [Laughs] So, the next thing I need to ask you is Go-Again Grint, is that generally your nickname?

Rupert: Sometimes. At the moment it’s Heart-Attack-Pig-Boy.
James and Edith: [Laugh]

Edith: What? …Why?

Rupert: Um, I suppose I should explain that. It’s, um, probably the swine flu.

Edith: Aww! Mate.

Rupert: It does get a lot of pig stuff on that.

James: [Sarcastic] That’s very caring of your co-workers!

Rupert: [Sarcastic] I know it is, yeah.

Edith: [Laughing] Heart-Attack-Pig-Boy! That’s so evil!

James: So, if you see Rupert in the street—And we all know what he looks like—just shout out to him, everybody! He’ll love it.

Edith: [Laugh] Yeah! Have you ever had a bit of a divas drop on the set?

Rupert: Um, no, I haven’t. I honestly haven’t. Uh, no, we get kind of everything—I’ve got a great dressing room—

Edith: I was going to ask because you had schoolrooms linked to your dressing rooms, obviously, previously. What have you replaced that with now?

Rupert: Oh yeah, um…Well, my now is basically just a games room. I’ve got, uh, table tennis, darts, uh—Air hockey, now, is a new thing I’ve got.

Edith: Wow.

Rupert: So, yeah. No, it’s the place to be, yeah.

Edith: [Laughs] You’re like, “Extras, come this way!”

Both: [Laugh]

Edith: Listen, we’ve got some tracks. We’ve done a little bit of research into musical tastes. And we’ve got three tracks that we hope reflect the broad spectra of music that you’re into. Have a listen to this and we’re going to have you to pick one of these tracks. Okay, here we go. This is Green Day. [Plays part of Time of Your Life by Green Day, and then plays Save the World, Get the Girl by The King Blues] [Have you heard] The King Blues—Save the World, Get the Girl?

Rupert: [Voice drowned out by music]

Edith: You’ve not heard that one? Okay.

James: [Makes a honking noise over music]

Rupert: [Laughs]

Edith: That was Save the World, Rupert. [Plays part of Rock the Casbah by The Clash] And The Clash—Rock the Casabah.

Rupert: Oh yeah.

Edith: Yes, we did two out of three [?] What do you want to go for, then?

Rupert: What’s that middle one? I haven’t heard that one.

Edith: King Blues!

Rupert: l’d like [to know] what that one is, yeah.

Edith: He’s open to new music! I like it!

Rupert: [Laughs]

Edith: This is Save the World, Get the Girl; a choice by Rupert.

[This next part doesn’t have Rupert in it. But, James and Edith talk about Rupert in this last little segment.]

Gushing Session!

Edith: You have just joined us. It’s just after [a] quarter [until] two on Radio 1 and we’re coming to you live from the set of Harry Potter. The brand new film is out today. James is with us. Hey!

James: Happy Harry Potter Day to you!

Edith: Happy Harry Potter Day to you! How lovely is Rupert?

James: Well, I think he’s renowned in the Harry Potter franchise, but also in the film industry. [He] has just been the most chilled-out guy—

Edith: He’s so laid back!

James: I cannot imagine anything fazing him. He’s so laid back. So chilled. So friendly.

Edith: And, you know, you can get the total opposite with the fact that they’ve been in this for, what, ten years now?

James: Since he was, like, eleven years old.

Edith: He could be a right little spoiled brat (You know what I mean.) after being involved in all this and the attention and the money and all that. But, [he’s] so, so grounded!

James: God help him, as well, because he’s so recognizable, you know. And if you’re chilled out about it all, people recognize you in the streets and clubs—whatever. It’s going to take a new stride.

Edith: I think what also helps him chill out is the fact that he owns an ice cream van—which I absolutely love that fact. That’s amazing!

James: It’s a true fact, ladies and gentlemen!—

Edith: It’s a true fact! He told us. He’s been doing some work on it. He’s been repainting it. So, you know, I like to see the fact that he’s getting dirty as well.

James: I’ll have two 99’s please, Rupert!

Edith: Yeah, and don’t be shy on the flakes!


Original Air Date Found: BBCRadioOneI July 15th, 2009

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Heart Showbiz interview

Heart Showbiz radio interview where Rupert answers questions from his fans ranging from his hair, kissing Emma, and his fear of spiders. He also got an invitation to a birthday party from one of his young fans.

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Host: Well first of all Rupert welcome to Heart.

Rupert: How are you doing?

Host: I’m, I’m good. The first question has to be, everyone wants to know if you’re okay cuz you’ve had Swine Flu?

Rupert: Yeah, no I did have Swine Flu but it was no different than any other Flu I’ve had. It was quite easy to get rid of.

Host: It’s not as bad as man Flu though, man Flu is the worst.

Rupert: Oh yeah yeah. (Laughs)

Host: Eight year old Ben, one of your fans, wants to know if you got Swine Flu from going to Hogwarts?

Rupert: Uh ha ha.

Host: Do you like that?

Rupert: Very clever yeah I like that. (Laughs) Well no!

Host: Okay here’s another one. Your first car was an Ice Cream Van, by the way is it fully functioning?

Rupert: Yeah, I’ve had a bit of work done to it, just getting it repainted, but yeah should be back on the road soon. It’s got a Mr. Whippy machine, a freezer.

Host: You ever start selling Icee’s?

Rupert: Well you can’t. It’s not as easy as that really. You need special licenses to sell Ice Cream. It’s a bit complicated but…I do get people queuing up whenever I go out.

Host: Okay Emma wants to know if its true your first acting role, was it as fish in a school play, and did you have any lines?

Rupert: Yeah it was a fish, and uh no it wasn’t a talking part. I think I was fish 6. There was about 10 fish. Yeah it was a bit of a responsibility being the 6th fish.

Host: Scarlet wants to know if you have a nickname that your friends call you?

Rupert: Yeah. I mean there is a lot. Rupe, Poop is one that comes up occasionally. The usual ginger kind of comments..

Host: I’d expect there would quite a few ginger ones there…Simon wants to know if Emma is a good kisser.

Rupert: Yeah, she is.. I mean the kiss was quite weird.. But ohm yeah no she is a lovely girl. It was good.

Host: Anna says she hears you are scared of spiders. Is that true and exactly how scared of them are you?

Rupert: Yeah that is true and I’m very scared yeah.

Host: Standing on chairs scared?

Rupert: I never really see that is a good strategy really, I just run.

Host: Steven wants to know if your parents still make you clean your room even though your famous?

Rupert: Oh yeah definitely. No No yeah, I haven’t done it in awhile but they do still tell me to do it yeah.

Host: Emily wants to know if you performed a hip hop number on your Harry Potter audition tape?

Rupert: Yeah.. Part of the plan of my auditioning was I sent in a video tape, it was just me. I just did a rap basically just about me to a beat. Just something to get their attention really.

Host: So we’re not going to see you MCing anytime. It wasn’t that level of…

Rupert: Probably not

Host: Loves your hair and your eyes and wants to know what it is like to be a sex symbol?

Rupert: (Laughs) I don’t really see myself as that… That’s quite weird. Yeah Yeah getting recognized is quite a strange thing. I’m still kinda getting use to it.

Host: You will be turning 21 next month and Allan wants to know what you will be doing because he is 5 next month and wants to know if you’d like to go to his party. It’s Harry Potter themed.

Rupert: Cool.

Host: …And he’s having carrot cake in your honor.

Rupert: Oh I like that. Cool yeah I’m there.

Host: Rupert it’s always a pleasure to talk to you. Take care thank you.

Rupert: Cheers.


Original article found here: HeartShowbiz | July 15, 2009

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