Daniel Radcliffe: Why This Is The Most Important Year Of The 'How To Succeed' Star's Career

Let no one ever say that Daniel Radcliffe hasn't worked for his credibility as an actor.

The "Harry Potter" star started off at age 11 to play arguably the most popular young wizard of all time, and now that his decade-long commitment has finally come to an end, he's not letting himself off the hook easy. At the moment he's performing as the lead role in the musical "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying," and he's following that up with the release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" in the summer and the non-"Potter" flick, "The Woman in Black," early next year. So, we couldn't resist asking, why not just cave and take a break after spending literally half his life in front of the camera?


Fortunately, Radcliffe has some pretty clear, concise answers for us. Read on after the jump to see why he's continuing to work so hard.

Not Your Average Child Star

It would have been easy to just take some time off and relax from his strict work regimen, but Radcliffe was never one to take the easy route. "I think if I had been taking some time off and not been doing stuff, I think that the temptation in terms of the media and the public to a certain extent is that if you don't hear from a child star for a while, you can kind of condemn them to the been and gone pile," he said.

He Wanted To Try Something New

Just as much as he didn't want to be thought to be taking the lazy road and enjoying his money, he also didn't want to get stereotyped as a major fantasy actor. "I wanted to make sure people knew I wanted to work and that I didn’t necessarily want to take the easy option of just immediately signing up to a huge tentpole fantasy series," Radcliffe explained.

It Gives Him Something To Do

"For me, I get very, very bored unless I am doing something that challenges me and makes me jump through a few hoops," Radcliffe said with a smile, and from what he's told us about "How To Succeed," we'd say this role fits the bill. "This is a huge year for me with a lot of 'Potter,' with this show, as well. 'How To Succeed' is a huge challenge and we're really, really just at the very beginning of it at the moment, and, you know, early next year 'The Woman in Black' comes out. The next sort of 12 months are going to be quite telling I think."

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