Daniel Radcliffe will celebrate four years of sobriety in August, and his career is going very well. Needless to say, Daniel has managed to turn things around over these past four years, especially after facing enormous career pressure following the ending of Harry Potter. It’s not hard to see why Dan felt such pressure – Harry Potter was a massive franchise, and he was the global face of the movies. But like so many other young adult franchise stars, would his career fade after the films were over? He proved that wrong with his off-kilter career choices and theater and movie roles in different genres, but at the time, I don’t think people knew that he was an actor’s actor, and not just a wannabe movie star.
In an interview with UK’s Sky Arts [promoting a Young Doctor’s Notebook and his upcoming films], Daniel reveals that although his drinking never made him happy, he first turned to alcohol to cope with the pressure of his career and the never-ending fame from the Potter franchise.
He explains, “It is not a real pressure, but it is a pressure of living with the thought, ‘Oh, what is all these people are saying I am not going to have a career? What if they are all going to be right and will be laughing and I will be consigned to a bunch of ‘Where are they now?’ lists?’”
Of course, he needn’t have worried. After starring in Equus on Broadway, Dan proved his acting mettle, and then his indie cred with a series of strongly-reviewed films. He also proved his box office power with The Woman In Black, which allowed studios to continue to invest in him and his films. He’s now found himself a strong niche with interesting but unique films catered to the genre markets. He has yet to sign onto another franchise, and honestly, it’s probably likely that he won’t, especially since he doesn’t seem to deal with the pressure very well.