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Time Out New York: Rupert Grint In The Hot Seat

This week’s Hot Seat: Rupert Grint is king of the gingers

There are plenty of good-looking redheaded female celebrities out there—you know, Nicole Kidman, Lindsay Lohan, Scarlett from G.I. Joe (that one is for my seven-year-old self). There is less competition, however, when it comes to famous ginger dudes, and Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint appears to have distanced himself from the pack—dusting the likes of Ron Howard and Ronald McDonald—when he was this year voted Rolling Stone’s “Hottest Sidekick.” We spoke with Grint about this great honor, as well as the eBayability of various Harry Potter set pieces.

Still filming the last Potter?
Yeah, we’re nearly halfway there. We’re sort of filming in the forest at the moment. It’s going really well. It’s a lot to include, because it’s two films. We’re doing part one and part two. I’m enjoying it.

Excited to be just plain old Rupe again, as opposed to Ron Weasley?
Yeah, I mean, I think it’s going to be quite weird when it’s all over, because it has been such a massive part of my life. I think I’ll miss it, in a way, but I am looking forward to freedom, really, when it’s all over.

What will you do to celebrate?
I don’t know, really. I haven’t thought about it too much, but I’m expecting Warner Bros. might have some kind of celebration. It’s gonna be good.

Oh really? I pictured all of you Hogwarts grads smoking cigars and setting money on fire.
[Laughs] Yeah.

Getting any good souvenirs from the set?
I got a few things over the years. I have a tie. The Gryffindor tie. I’ve never really been given anything, but maybe at the end of this one we’ll get to keep a wand or something.

I guess all the best swag is CGI.
Oh, yeah, yeah. But there’s some really good props. But they don’t really like giving stuff away, because there’s been a few cases where people have stolen stuff and sold it on eBay. They don’t really like that.

Hagrid’s beard?
That could be quite good. Yeah. I don’t know what I’d do with it.

That’d be awesome, though, walking around like you were Moses.
Well, it’s kind of made for Robbie [Coltrane]’s face; unless you have that size head, it really wouldn’t look right.

How much do you want for it?
[Laughs nervously] Really? I don’t know, those beards are worth a lot, because they’re real hair and all handmade and stuff. So I expect they’re quite a lot.

You know, you could slay women here with your accent and soft-spoken ways.
Yeah, you say that, but people tend to think I’m Australian over there. But I guess the English accent is quite popular there as well.

Australian or no, you’re Rolling Stone’s hottest sidekick. You could rule this city!
Well, we’ll be going there in a couple of weeks, in July, for the Half-Blood Prince promotional tour.

Would you rather be the hero or the sidekick, generally speaking?
I’ve always liked the character of Ron. He was my favorite when I was reading the books. I’ve always felt a kind of connection to him, because I’ve found certain similarities between us. Just little things, like us both being ginger, and I have a few brothers and sisters as well. I thought he was funny in the books as well. So, yeah, it doesn’t bother me.

What’s the best way to duck a mob of screaming young girls?
I don’t know, really. It doesn’t happen much here. It’s mainly when we’re in America when they’re much more crazy and forward. Mainly it’s just people staring. It took me a while to adjust to that, because it is sort of a strange experience, being known when you go out.

There’s an online quiz that sorts you into Harry Potter houses, and my brother’s friend—a big, burly dude—became distraught after he was put in Hufflepuff. Didn’t come out of his room all weekend. Overreaction?
No way! [Laughs] That really affected him? That is so weird. I probably wouldn’t mind.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opens Wednesday, July 15.

Original article found here: Time Out New York | July 10th, 2009

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