“I’ve missed it quite a lot and I felt this quite empty feeling…,” actor Rupert Grint, better known to Muggles as Ron Weasley, shares his feelings as the fantasy saga comes to an end.
How do you feel after the ending of shooting of the movies?
I’m not sure really. It’s just been a really weird year since we finished. Initially I was quite looking forward to freedom, because these films really take out a big chunk of our lives and every year for 10 years has been revolved around these films.
You play around with stuff and to not have that in your life seems like it would be quite an easy thing to move on from, but I’ve found it quite difficult really.
What did you miss most?
Just being on set and the people; just that kind of camaraderie that we established over those 10 years. It was like a family, and suddenly, I don’t have that any more. It’s a big adjustment actually and I kind of underestimated that. I think with time, it will get easier. It’s just weird, especially this week, because there’s posters saying “It all Ends Now”. It’s really final.
You’ve been on a film set since, obviously, doing other projects?
Yeah, it is kind of strange, it does take a lot to get used to a new group of people. and it’s quite daunting sometimes to go on film, because we’ve got such a set routine and that’s what I’ve grown up with. It’s quite disorientating when you are on a different film, but it’s also nice to see how other films are made. This is a unique kind of machine.
Looking back on the 10 years, what were the best and worst moments?
There are so many good ones. Getting the part was quite special. I mean, I was a Harry Potter fan and then, next, I was going to be in the films. I just could never have imagined that.
I really would struggle to find anything bad. It does take over a little bit but I’ve still never really regretted it; it’s always been such an easy decision every year to come back and there’s never been a doubt.
Did you forge a strong bond with) Emma (Watson) and Daniel (Radcliffe)? Do you keep in touch? Do you have scripts sent to them and do you speak to each other about roles?
Yeah, it has been quite difficult since we’ve finished to keep in touch. Dan is in America and Emma is somewhere (laughs). I think we will always kind of be in touch, all three of us. Everyone has shared this unique experience; it’s always going to keep us kind of close. We are always going to be interested in what they are doing and care.
There’s a kissing scene with Emma in the film. How strange was that?
Yeah, that was a tricky one because this scene is something that’s been quite anticipated, so it’s been built up from quite a long time and it had to look believable.
You make it sound like it was a hard chore.
No. I mean, most guys would probably kill to be in my position but, for me, I view Emma in a completely different way. I’ve known her since she was nine and watched her grow up and it really is like kissing a relative. (laughs) She’s a bit creepy. (laughs)
Is it weird watching the old movies from 10 years ago?
I’ve never done it really; I’ve never sat down and watched them again. I’ve seen glimpses when they pop up on TV. I’m not embarrassed or ashamed. It is a really weird detachment; it feels like a different person. I’ve recently seen quite a lot of footage from the early days and even our first screen test in the audition process when I first met Dan and Emma. It was really strange.
I think you meant to go to Japan and there are so many people who wanted to get some comments from you, because of the devastating earthquake earlier in the year. Would you mind giving a message to the Japanese fans who couldn’t get to see you?
Yeah, I love Japan, I was there last year. It’s one of my favourite places to go. I just want to thank them for all the support over the years. They are really big fans of these films and big supporters of it. Honestly, I’m going to come down there really soon.
And how would you like your career to go on after Harry Potter? How do you imagine the future?
I don’t know, it’s a bit blurry at the moment. I definitely want to keep acting and find a different role. I did a film in Norway a few months ago, a World War II movie.
Started in the winter?
In April, yeah. I was just on a mountain in this really remote part of Norway and it was quite extreme, but it was very fun as well. It was something completely different and we enjoyed it.
Do you play a British or a German soldier?
I play a British scout; an RAF gunner. It’s a great story because it’s a true story.
Is it kind of a rite of passage to do a war film for an actor?
It’s certainly a part of history I was interested in and it’s not really a story, it’s much about the violence of war. It’s a story of survival and these two groups of enemies coming together and forming this friendship.
Daniel declared in an interview that in the past few years he became an alcoholic. Maybe these movies were more difficult shooting than you thought?
I’ve never really found it hard: I suppose now there are a few restrictions. You have a responsibility and that comes with a bit of pressure but it’s always been so much fun and I always wanted to be there and we always had the choice just not to carry on but we always did.
You were saying you had far too much money with the Potter movies: did you mean that?
May be. Yeah, it does seem like a lot really for what we do but, yeah, I have a weird relationship with it, but I’ve never actually seen it. (laughs)
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