Daniel Radcliffe has opened up in his new interview with Playboy about his past struggles with alcohol. He has been sober since 2012, but recognizes the gossip tidal waves created by his admission to drinking a lot.
He revealed, “Anytime I’d go out to dance, camera phones would come out. That would make me very self-conscious, and what’s the easiest way to escape being self-conscious? Alcohol is a quick way of doing that.”
In an interview from 2014, he described himself as a “really annoying, loud, inappropriate, messy drunk”, but he doesn’t want that to be fuel for gossip. He said, “It becomes painful to watch your personal issues that you’ve tried to be sincere about get turned into fodder for TV gossip shows. I was forthright about it, as you said, but once you start talking about this, that’s all you talk about.”
He is also used to having his words twisted around. He said, “I can say lots of well-meaning stuff – why it happened and how I stopped – for three hours, and the headline would be ‘DRUNK ON THE SET OF HARRY POTTER.’ So I don’t talk about it as much now.”
When asked if he was acting like a normal teenager and masturbated on the set of Harry Potter, the short answer is no. He did the act, but not while working on the set of the wizard franchise.
He said, “I was like every other teenager in that sense. My favorite line about masturbation is Louis C.K.’s, something like ‘I found out about it when I was eleven, and I didn’t skip a day.'”
He insisted that he never did it while on the set of Harry Potter, though. He said, “I think I started very early – before my teens. But not when I was on set.”
He went on to say, “I wasn’t going, ‘When is Alan Rickman [Snape] going to nail this scene so I can run back to my trailer?’ There’s another feeling, again perfectly described by Louis C.K.: That fear after you’ve jerked off that everyone knows what you did. It would have been embarrassing to walk back on set and look the dignitaries of British acting royalty in the eye, knowing what I’d been doing.”