No matter what Daniel Radcliffe does from here on out, he will forever be best known for playing Harry Potter. Understandable. He totally gets it, and while some actors wouldn’t be, Dan has never been anything other than grateful for the role. With that franchise came millions and millions of dollars. In fact, Radcliffe amassed a £74m (nearly $125 million) fortune and, because he’s got his act together, he’s barely touched his HP money.
“I don’t really do anything with my money,” Radcliffe told the Belfast Telegraph. “I’m very grateful for it, because having money means you don’t have to worry about it, which is a very lovely freedom to have. It also gives me immense freedom career-wise.”
Since his days as Potter ended, Radcliffe has shown that he’s no longer interested in huge blockbusters. Instead he makes an effort to choose his projects based on how they challenge him as an actor, be it on Broadway, Swiss Army Man, where he portrayed Manny, a farting corpse, or his upcoming movie Imperium, in which he plays an FBI agent who goes undercover as a neo-Nazi in order to expose a terrorist plot.
“For all the people who’ve followed my career, I want to give them something to be interested in, rather than just make loads of money on crap films for the rest of my life.”
Some kid actors burn out and spend their time doing not-so-good things on-camera and off but Dan is the man, both professionally and personally.
“Ultimately, the hardest thing about growing up in the spotlight [isn’t] the easy access to drugs or the strange, sort of pandering world that you enter into, but the difficulty is trying to work out who you are while you’re constantly coming up against a perception of yourself that everybody else already has,” he adds. “I think it’s very important, especially when you become famous young, to work out who you are without fame and without that as part of your identity, because that will go.
“Fame does not last forever. For anyone.” Perfection.