Harry Potter is all grown up on the cover of OUT Magazine this month. Look at all that chest hair seeping out from under his tank top (ew, man tank top) and check out those biceps bulging out from beneath his non-sleeves. Daniel Radcliffe is certainly moving past his legacy as boy wizard, that’s for sure.
Radcliffe is one of our favorite young actors precisely because he has no problems appearing on covers like this and supporting gay rights issues in addition to discussing his personal life and career (and yes, Harry Potter!) so openly. We’ve picked some of our favorite quotes from the interview and posted them below.
Radcliffe, on why he loves New York and performing on Broadway: “It’s very, very hard to actually describe why New York is so brilliant. But the community is amazing, and if you get involved with all those events, and you show how much you love and appreciate being there, you really get nothing but generosity and kindness back.”
On his impressive avoidance of Hollywood: “I was just in L.A. for the first time in my life. I went for the premiere of the fifth [Harry Potter] film, but other than that, I’d never really gone there before.”
Discussing his surprising music playlist: “An English singer-songwriter called Frank Turner. He’s absolutely brilliant. Oh, the Drums — I quite like a couple of songs by them. The Divine Comedy’s new album is really, really good. It’s called Bang Goes the Knighthood, and it’s very, very funny and sad. And of course, I’m still listening to Florence and the Machine.”
His take on educating people against homophobia: “I think that with every generation, people become more open to those ideas and more aware and more educated. But it’s a really, really slow process. If you take any family with parents who are bringing their kids up in a narrow-minded way that includes homophobia, it will take a very profound moment of realization to change those deep-seated views.”
So what’s his relationship status? “At the moment, I’m just being single and running around chasing girls. [Laughs] I’m not getting too many responses, but, yes, I’m having a go. I’m also starting to go on dates for the first time. I’ve never really done it because all my girlfriends that I’ve ever met, I’ve met through work.”
And finally…what did he get to keep from the Harry Potter set? “I’ve got two pairs from the seventh film and the pair I wore in the very, very first movie — which are really tiny on my head now!”