Daniel Radcliffe Reveals Secret Alcohol Addiction

Celebrity Body Jul. 4, 2011 AT 5:04PM
Daniel Radcliffe Reveals Secret Alcohol Addiction Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty

Daniel Radcliffe is revealing his dark side.

In a new interview with GQ U.K. (and excerpted by the Daily Mail), Harry Potter's 22-year-old star admits he became "so reliant" on booze to fuel his days while filming the mega-smash film series in his teen years.

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"I became so reliant on alcohol to enjoy stuff," Radcliffe, who currently appears in Broadway's How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and will open Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II July 15, tells GQ. "There were a few years there when I was just so enamored with the idea of living some sort of famous person's lifestyle that really isn't suited to me."

Radcliffe, who appeared in the first Harry Potter film when he was 11, considers himself lucky that the paparazzi didn't bust up his booze habit. "I really got away with that because there were many instances when a paparazzi shot like that could have been taken," says the actor.

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Clean and sober since August 2010, Radcliffe tells GQ his life has slowed down considerably since he kicked his habit nearly a year ago.

"As much as I would love to be a person that goes to parties and has a couple of drinks and has a nice time, that doesn't work for me," he tells GQ. "I'm actually enjoying the fact I can have a relationship with my girlfriend where I'm really pleasant and I'm not f--king up totally all the time. There's no shame in enjoying the quiet life. And that's been the realization of the past few years for me."

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And that quiet life means stowing away the hard-earned cash Radcliffe raked in during his years playing the boy wizard, if for no other reason than he just doesn't know what to do with it.

"I'm very fortunate to have it, and it gives you room to maneuver. But the main thing about having money is it means you don't have to worry about it," he tells the mag. "And that for me is a lovely thing. It's not for fast cars and hookers."

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