LONDON (dpa) – Rupert Grint got his professional acting start as Ron Weasley while still in short pants in a film role that brought worldwide fame and a fortune big enough to last a lifetime.
Now it’s time Harry Potter’s carrot-topped sidekick got cracking in real life, the 26-year-old British actor told the Daily Mirror.
“It was a bubble world and quite suffocating,” Grint told the paper.
“A bit like a school, really. Now I’m out I still feel there are things to do.”
The three child stars of the eight-film Harry Potter series are remarkable in that none has had a Lindsay Lohan-style meltdown.
Daniel Radcliffe made a splash in art-house films, Emma Watson is a UN ambassador and this week Grint is to debut on the Broadway stage in It’s Only a Play alongside heavyweight actors Matthew Broderick, F Murray Abraham and Stockard Channing.
“I do feel under pressure,” he admitted. “I feel like I’ve got quite a bit to prove. I’m out of my comfort zone here and am the least experienced out of everyone on stage.”
Grint got his magical break in the Harry Potter series at the age of 11. Before that a top credit was coming on as a horse in the school play.
Grint, who earned an estimated 25 million for his Ron Weasley gig, admitted that “it was kind of ridiculous what we got.”
He has said of the Harry Potter years, which terminated in June 2010 when filming stopped, that they swallowed up his childhood.
“Yeah, it’s very odd,” he told an interviewer in 2011. “Because suddenly it was all over, just like that. It was really emotional for all of us, realising that we’re never going to be doing this again.”
All three have more than survived.