The Harry Potter star says his Equus role gives him "more confidence"

By David Chiu
Updated August 21, 2008 10:40 AM
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Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe says taking the stage in Equus “has given me a little more confidence” – and his nude scene is no big deal.

“It’s only seven minutes at the end of the play,” Radcliffe, 19, told the audience at an Aug. 19 talk held by the New York Times.

The actor is in New York rehearsing for his Broadway debut in Equus, which begins previews Sept. 5, after starring in the play in London last year. Performing live “was amazing,” Radcliffe said. “As long as it goes well, you can’t stop smiling.”

Radcliffe also said he had some brief hesitations about continuing his role as Harry Potter (the sixth movie in the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is due out next summer). “It would have been really hard to see someone else [play Harry Potter]. Especially if he was very good – that would kill me!”

Radcliffe discussed his role models (his mother and father, and actors Gary Oldman and Stephen Fry) and and his favorite bands (the Sex Pistols, the Libertines.) He also said that he doesn t read reviews or look at fan Web sites. “It would be stroking my ego,” Radcliffe said.

Asked about how he would celebrate the end of the Potter film series, Radcliffe joked, “We ll go out and all the actors [will] do the [stuff] their insurance haven’t covered.”