If there is any actor in the Hollywood that is truly doing work that makes them happy, it's Daniel Radcliffe. Since being part of the most successful box office franchises in history one could argue that every movie he's done since has been a "passion project", of course he would say that he loved doing the Harry Potter movies just as much as the rest of them. On top of all of that, he's having fun and making friends too.
Take his latest effort Kill Your Darlings, for example. In director John Krokidas' directorial debut about the grisly murder of David Kammerer, a largely unthought-of moment that happened around the true birth of the beat poetry movement in New York City, David was impassioned to play a young Allen Ginsberg. While many have turned the focus on the gay relationship he has with Lucien Carr (played by Dane DeHaan) that was just one element of the literary figure that Radcliffe saw and without his unrelenting support Krokidas has acknowledged that the movie likely would have not been made.
Daniel revealed that he's taking what he learns on every set and is looking to direct his own project in the future.
Us Weekly talked to the 24-year-old Radcliffe about friendship on the movie set, life after Harry Potter and the script he's just finished writing.
Us: What was it about Kill Your Darlings that made the character of Allen Ginsberg appealing to you?
DR: Just talking about poetry is very fun for me. I don’t understand it as well as him, but I do understand poetry, it is an interest of mine. I've read the same books as him. I think when you read through a script you realize whether or not something is going to be fun and this was fun. There is a library heist, all of that stuff was very fun. After auditioning with Dane, one of the biggest draws for me was working with him.
Us: How did you and Dane connect after the first rehearsal together?
DR: Dane is the best friend I've made through acting, through the industry. He and his wife are just fantastic people. I think that building chemistry with people is just about being curious about people and meeting them. I had also known John for years but through this experience they've become two of my best friends.
Us: Dane admitted that he hadn't seen a Harry Potter movie before meeting you, do you think that the public is starting to disconnect you from Harry?
DR: I don't know if there is one movie that will do it. It's a process. I think that these three movies I have coming out together (Kill Your Darlings, Horns, The F Word) help. The main thing that I'm pleased about is that these three films are all so different; maybe people will see what I can really do.
Us: Has your theater work helped with that? Equus, How To Succeed and The Cripple of Inishmaan? Do you see yourself doing another play soon?
DR: I think so. Of course I'd love to do another play soon but that's like asking a woman who's just given birth if she wants to have another child. I literally just finished (The Cripple) and it was very psychically demanding. It may be awhile before I do another one.
Us: You grew up on the Potter film set, you've learned so much from experience, have you ever considered helming your own project?
DR: I would love to direct. I mean, I have written a script. I don't know if it's any good but it's nice to have finished something. That's an achievement in it's own. It's a very dark comedy. There are always themes that I'm interested in. Like friendship and when it becomes unhealthy. What you have to do to move on, but it's a much more heightened scenario. It's probably shit but the point is I've finished it and the next thing that I write won't be.
Us: Maybe you can cast some of your friends.
DR: You know if I had finished making it a year ago maybe, but now Dane (DeHaan), Adam Driver and Zoe Kazan, they're all going to be way to busy to make a movie with me.
NYC: Director John Krokidas will be hosting Q&As at Landmark Sunshine & Walter Reade Theaters this weekend.
LA: Dane DeHaan will be hosting a Q&A at Arclight Cinemas.