Rupert Grint discusses his motivations for picking his more recent roles as well as his ten years of playing the adored Ron Weasley.
The actor claimed that portraying the infamous character in the Harry Potter series from the age of 11 to 22 “was rather oppressive” in an interview with Bustle magazine that was posted online on Monday.
In the movies, we melded into one, he said as an explanation for why it became harder for him to distinguish himself from the role. By the time it was through, I was acting as myself. The boundaries were hazy. He continued by saying that he even responds to calls for Ron.
Potter was really demanding; we would film for an entire year and then advertise for the rest of it. Grint acknowledged that he is grateful for all the possibilities he has been given, but added that he “needed a pause to reflect on things.” … For a while, I felt as though I was outside of my body, but I believe we arrived at the proper conclusion. It might have become worse if we had gone on.”
He reconnected with his cast mates in 2022 for the HBO Max special Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts. A part of the series “was a really unique experience only us core group really knew, so it's good to see them [co-stars],” he said, adding that he believes it was premature to have a reunion. It was a nice chance to think back on everything and express how absurd it was all. Always enjoy looking back.
In terms of recent endeavours, Grint appears to have shifted his attention to spookier ventures like thriller and horror films and television shows like Cabinet of Curiosities by Guillermo del Toro, Servant, and the upcoming Knock at the Cabin by M. Night Shyamalan. There's something therapeutic about these jobs, he told Bustle.
He said, “I'm drawn to a latent weakness. “Somewhat damaged, shattered people. It appears to be what I'm doing right now.