Daniel Radcliffe's 'Out' cover: 'Harry Potter' star talks playing gay character

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com  |  Feb. 13, 2013 at 11:17 AM
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Daniel Radcliffe is coming Out.

No, not as gay--although he's been a staunch supporter of gay rights--but as an adult, a real adult actor finally shedding the Harry Potter cloak making his way in a serious Hollywood career.

Radcliffe covers the March Issue of Out, chatting with the gay mag about his new film, Kill Your Darlings, in which he plays a young Allen Ginsberg and how he's teaching his fans to separate him as an actor from his most famous role.

"I’ve always said that it’s a long process, and in a way it may be a lifelong one,” he told Out, for the cover story, "The Long Education of Daniel Radcliffe." “It’s about proving to people that I’m in this for the long haul, and that I wasn’t just looking to get as famous as I could for as long as I could and ride that out."

"I love almost every aspect of this industry and I want to be in it, and if I could drop dead on a film set at 80, that’s how I’d want to go.”

Kill Your Darlings, which also stars Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Jason Leigh and David Cross, got rave reviews at its Sundance premiere--and Radcliffe most of all.

At just 23, and two years out of the franchise that plucked him from obscurity and made him one of the most recognizable faces in the world, Radcliffe has chosen roles that deliberately separate him from Harry Potter.

All that time spent not watching himself has been put to good use in a diverse slate of demanding projects, any one of which could have brought his career tumbling around his ears. He remembers reading such a prophecy as he rehearsed for the part of Alan Strang in the 2007 stage revival of Peter Shaffer’s intense and difficult Equus, the role that did most to broadcast his post-Potter ambitions. “While we were in rehearsal, there was a headline along the lines of ‘Crash! What’s that? The sound of a career coming to a grinding halt,’ ” he recalls. “I remember reading that and looking around the rehearsal room at [co-star] Richard Griffiths and [director] Thea Sharrock, and David Hersey, our lighting designer, and [set designer] John Napier, and thinking, If this is me f***ing up, there are a lot of good people that are f***ing up, too.”

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