Rupert Grint on Fatherhood, ‘Harry Potter,’ and J. K. Rowling

Rupert Grint, best known for his role as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films, discusses many intriguing topics in a recent interview conducted by esquire.com. In this interview, the beloved actor conveys his thoughts on fatherhood, his experience starring in the Harry Potter movies, and J. K. Rowling’s statements regarding the trans community.

 

 

Grint starts off by discussing his nine-month-old daughter, Wednesday, and expressing common concerns that many parents face. For instance, he states that he and his partner, Georgia Groome, have had little help with raising their child, since they have been stuck in quarantine. Grint is also understandably anxious about protecting this fragile new life. He states:

“I don’t want to go too into detail, but the first night was just terrifying. You can’t sleep at all, just constantly checking that she’s breathing . . . Sleeping, in general, for me, is something I’ve really struggled with. I think as a kid, people always said, ‘They died in their sleep,’ so I always thought sleep was a really dangerous, dangerous thing.”

Grint then speaks about his experience playing Ron Weasley and how he eventually began to wonder whether he wanted to be an actor or if he only wanted to play Ron. This may have been why he chose not to pursue acting in his adult years with as much enthusiasm as Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, who played Harry Potter and Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series. Elaborating on this topic, Grint says:

“I kind of peaked very early on, I think. I wasn’t in a huge rush to do as many things as I could. And I think when I started doing a bit of theater, that’s when I got a bit of the love back.”

When discussing possibly returning to his role as Ron Weasley in the upcoming Harry Potter HBO Max series, Grint says that he is not inclined to reprise his role, but that he will never say never. (This should give fans of the franchise at least a little bit of hope!)

 

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The conversation then moves to the statement that Grint recently made to The Sunday Times about his support for transgender people after J. K. Rowling relayed controversial opinions online regarding the transgender community. Grint explains:

“I think to stay silent would have spoke. Sometimes silence is even louder. I felt like I had to because I think it was important to. I mean, I don’t want to talk about all that . . . Generally, I’m not an authority on the subject. Just out of kindness, and just respecting people. I think it’s a valuable group that I think needs standing up for.”

All in all, this interview offers an interesting look at Rupert Grint and his thoughts on parenthood, his acting career, and the transgender community. This interview helps us to better understand Grint and have access to his most intimate thoughts, allowing us to see this world-famous actor as someone with opinions and anxieties that the average person can relate to on some level.

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