Why We’re Most Thankful For ‘Harry Potter’ Star Daniel Radcliffe

All week long we’ve been highlighting the actors and actresses we’re thankful for, with nods to Elizabeth Olsen, Michael Fassbender and Tom Hiddleston. And today is the day we reveal which star we’re most thankful for. MTV News’ muggles agree: Daniel Radcliffe had an amazing 2011. Not only did he close off one of the most successful film franchises ever (we miss you, Harry!), but he gained plenty of acclaim on the Broadway stage with his role in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

We caught up with the actor to find out what the highlight of the past year was for him and where he sees himself in the future.

“[Performing at] the Tony Awards, definitely,” he said of 2011’s high point. “We were the first show to perform, and there is just that weird moment when you’re all standing there. I haven’t been that nervous in a long time. I don’t think I was as nervous on our opening night as I was at the Tonys. I was really, really nervous. Suddenly that huge LED screen goes up, and you’re all revealed like prizes on a game show, and Al Pacino is in the front row, sitting next to Bobby Cannavale, sitting next to Mark Rylance, all these brilliant actors, and you have to do your number. That’s probably a surreal, weird triumphant moment of that year, performing on the Tonys. That’s pretty cool. That’s something I will be able to tell my grandchildren that I did.”

Of course, Daniel isn’t one to rest on his laurels (goodness knows he could probably live off of his “Harry Potter” earnings for the rest of his life, sipping Mai Tais and playing the ukulele on some secluded Pacific island…)

“My worst nightmare is that in 10 years, I will be not working and not doing anything,” Daniel revealed. “Even if in five years time I decide to leave the film industry and go off and become an archaeologist, even if I’m doing that, that’s great, fine.”

Whether he’s an actor or an archaeologist, we can’t help but see big things in Daniel’s future.

Check out our full interview with Daniel Radcliffe over at MTV News!

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