Sunday 23 November 2014

Rupert Grint opens up about 'ginger bullying'

Eimear Phelan

Published 08/06/2014 | 13:14

Rupert Grint, who plays Josh, arrives for the premiere of Postman Pat: The Movie at the Odeon, West End, London.
Rupert Grint, who plays Josh, arrives for the premiere of Postman Pat: The Movie at the Odeon, West End, London.

Ron Weasley is famous for his shock of red hair but it seems the actor Rupert Grint who plays him has problems with his hair colour in real life.

The 25-year-old opened up about the nicknames he had in school due to his fiery hair "They're all variations on 'Ginge', 'M***e' and 'Ginger Pubes'. That's a popular one. Maybe that was bullying. I embraced it."

Grint went on the reveal the problems with being a ginger in an all boys school in his interview with Empire magazine:  “It was hard making friends!"


The British actor is mainly known for the Harry Potter franchise but has starred in some indy films since growing up such as Cherrybomb, where he co-stars with Robert Sheehan. Despite his relative success he still only rates himself as a “6.5” on the fame scale.

This doesn’t mean he isn't recognisable. Grint revealed he finds it difficult to take public transport as his hair makes him stand out like a “beacon”.

Grint was known on the set of the Potter films for being a bit quirky, famously using the money he gained from the franchise to buy an Ice Cream van he drives around in. The interview covered a range of topics, from who is the most famous person in his phone book (Dizzee Rascal) and his favourite word (Phlegm).

He also revealed that "I can play the didgeridoo fairly well," as well as a host of other instruments such as accordion, sax and guitar.

It seems the Australian instrument is his favourite though: “the didgeridoo, I can make a pretty decent noise.” The aboriginal instrument is a long thin tube you blow through in a particular way: “It's quite a tricky technique; you have to do this circular breathing thing where you have a continuous breath."

Grint’s latest project has been the animated film Postman Pat where he plays the voice of Josh, Pat’s rival in a TV talent contest.

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