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Daniel Radcliffe Says 'Harry Potter' Fame Made Him An Alcoholic

Daniel Radcliffe Says Harry Potter Fame Made Him An Alcoholic.
March 16, 2020 - 14:00 / Anna Valenzuela Rosas

Daniel Radcliffe was only 11 years old when he was cast as the star of the iconic Harry Potter series. Thrust into the spotlight forever, Radcliffe struggled with the fame and turned to an unhealthy coping mechanism.

Being so young and so famous took its toll on the Harry Potter star. Daniel Radcliffe is open about turning to alcohol to cope.

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At such a young age, Daniel Radcliffe had become one of the highest paid and most recognizable actors in the world. This weighed heavily on the Harry Potter protagonist. Now Daniel is very open on his struggles and his unhealthy escapes.

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As the series was nearing its close, Daniel admits "It was a panic, a little bit not knowing what to do next - not being comfortable enough in who I was to remain sober." 

Alan Rickman, Tom Felton, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Matthew Lewis attend the premiere of "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2"  on July 11, 2011 in New York City.

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He found himself being stared at in public and would drink to numb the feeling of being watched. It got to the point where he would even show up to filming either hungover or drunk. He admits he would black out regularly and "change", then because of his fame his drunken antics would be very public and embarrassing. 

Daniel Radcliffe takes a selfie with fans during the 12th Zurich Film Festival on September 30, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland.

Today, Daniel owes his sobriety to his parents and co-stars who "were able to give me enough perspective on my life and help me at key moments." Now when he craves a drink he goes for a long walk or exercises. We are proud of you, Daniel.

Check out Daniel's newest film here!