Daniel Radcliffe Talks Broadway, Post-’Harry Potter’ Life

The young actor dishes to USA Today about his new musical, and living semi-anonymously in NYC with his girlfriend.

Daniel Radcliffe hasn’t been living in New York City very long — the Broadway musical that brought him here, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” doesn’t even officially open for another two weeks — but he’s already quite comfortable within the Big Apple’s concrete confines. As he revealed in a new interview with USA Today, the 21-year-old star of the “Harry Potter” movies has been living in the West Village with his girlfriend and enjoying the anonymity that city life affords.

“I’m very comfortable discussing my personal life, because it’s so boring,” he said, adding of his girlfriend, whose identity he routinely declines to disclose publically, “She’s here with me as much as she can be. She’s about to start a new job in not too long, though, so I won’t see her for a few months.”

The couple has been living downtown since “How to Succeed” rehearsals began, a short subway ride away from the show’s home at the Al Hirschfeld Theater near Times Square. “I love it, because it’s possible to be kind of anonymous,” Radcliffe said. “I’m 5-foot-5, and I’ll wear a big parka and put the hood up, and nobody gives me a second glance.”

He’s hoping, of course, that the entertainment industry continues to pay him heed after the conclusion of the “Harry Potter” franchise debuts in July. So far, so good. In addition to his stint on Broadway, Radcliffe has already shot a small-scale supernatural tale, “The Woman in Black,” and has lined up a handful of upcoming projects, from the indie comedy “The Amateur Photographer” to an adaptation of “All Quiet on the Western Front.”

“I’ve always thought that as long as directors and casting directors don’t see me as just Harry Potter, I’ll be OK,” Radcliffe said. “People have shown a lot of faith in me, and I owe them a huge debt. They’re letting me prove that I’m serious about this.”

None of these projects, of course, have the cultural cache of “Harry Potter,” whose end to production Radcliffe called sad, while also admitting, “[It] had to end. To have me doing it at 30 would be awful.”

He’s moved on to Broadway, although his “Harry Potter” press duties will interrupt the show for three days in early July. Radcliffe’s greatest challenge onstage, he said, was learning to dance. “I have absolutely no aptitude for it,” he said. “It was a matter of putting in the time so I could develop the confidence. My dance teacher keeps telling me, ‘If you’re smiling, your feet could be doing pretty much anything and no one will care.’ But if you have that rigor mortis look of concentration, it doesn’t work.”

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