Earlier this year, MTV News witnessed firsthand Daniel Radcliffe’s commitment to gay rights, when we hung out while the “Harry Potter” star taped a public service announcement for the Trevor Project, an LGBT support group.
That dedication to working for the issue was not a one-time thing, as Radcliffe makes clear in a cover story in the new issue Out magazine. The 21-year-old was interviewed by transgendered musician Our Lady J. — an artist whose friendship with the actor raised eyebrows in the tabloids last year — and their talk ranged from gay rights to Broadway to movies to Radcliffe’s dating life.
“I was in a relationship with somebody for just about three years, and we broke up just shortly before we hit that mark,” he said. “But [the breakup] was very amicable. At the moment, I’m just being single and running around chasing girls. I’m not getting too many responses, but, yes, I’m having a go.”
When it comes to other people’s love lives, Radcliffe is hoping the rest of the world soon adopts a more inclusive philosophy. He realizes, though, that acceptance of differing sexualities is going to take time.
“I think that with every generation, people become more open to those ideas and more aware and more educated,” he said. “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.”
Out conducted the interview shortly after the final “Harry Potter” film wrapped production, and Radcliffe confessed that he kept a few souvenirs from the set. “I’ve got two pairs [of glasses] from the seventh film and the pair I wore in the very, very first movie — which are really tiny on my head now!” he said.
As he leaves Hogwarts behind, the actor is gearing up to head to New York, where he’ll perform on Broadway in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
“I love the city as a whole, absolutely, but I love Broadway,” he said. “[T]he 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.”
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