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Daniel Radcliffe on fear

Our local paper, The Philadelphia Inquirer, includes PARADE Magazine in its Sunday issues. The January 8th edition featured Daniel Radcliffe, who was interviewed as he finished his run on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business . . . and was ramping up to host SNL.

And in his interview, he said a little something that resonated with me, perhaps in part because I'd been thinking about what Steven Spielberg said in Entertainment Weekly. Here you are:

At 17, when you played the deranged, sometimes naked stable boy onstage in Equus, or this past year starring in your first musical, did you worry that the critics would be gunning for you because you're a young, successful movie star?

[laughs] I knew they would. But I've worked out recently that I don't do very well without fear. There needs to be a part of me saying, "You can't do that--that's going to fail," for me to prove myself wrong. What I've learned, particularly this year, is that all actors--no matter their status or brilliance--still feel like fools.

Fools?

Yes, like we're conning people and we're not really any good at it. What I learned is that acting is to a large extent about trying to stave off self-doubt long enough to be natural and real onstage. I'm at the point in my career where I should be learning a huge amount from every job I do, and unless something's going to give me that, I'm not really very attracted to it.



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slatts
Jan. 17th, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
Inspiration for all kinds of fools—writing ones, art ones, music ones—thanks for the share!
kellyrfineman
Jan. 17th, 2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
I liked the quote a lot, as I did Spielberg's quote about "shpilkes" that I posted yesterday - it's always good to know one is not alone, yes?
boreal_owl
Jan. 17th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
Very inspiring. Thanks!
kellyrfineman
Jan. 17th, 2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome!
robinellen
Jan. 17th, 2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
Nice :) He seems like a rather intense young man, I must say.
kellyrfineman
Jan. 17th, 2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
Indeed he does. He's been known to quote Keats in interviews. He can also be completely hilarious. I find him a bit fascinating, especially when one considers that he grew up in the public eye and seems to still be relatively "normal".
lurban
Jan. 17th, 2012 10:41 pm (UTC)
Love this. A good model for all of us
kellyrfineman
Jan. 17th, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
I thought so, too.
writerjenn
Jan. 18th, 2012 01:00 am (UTC)
Well, I'm still learning from every book I write, and I haven't run out of fear yet, so I'll consider myself a student of the Radcliffean school of thought.
kellyrfineman
Jan. 19th, 2012 01:06 am (UTC)
One could do worse than be part of the Radcliffean school of thought . . .
newport2newport
Jan. 18th, 2012 03:21 am (UTC)
It's nice to know we're not alone, in better times and worse. And to know also that fear can be healthy.
kellyrfineman
Jan. 19th, 2012 01:07 am (UTC)
Indeed - feel the fear and do it anyway, yes?
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2012 03:20 pm (UTC)
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Interesting post, this was really useful. thanks!
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