Saturday 20 October 2018

Daniel Radcliffe talks his first romcom 'What If' and skinny dipping off the west coast of Ireland

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

After a series of challenging roles in films like The Woman in Black and Kill Your Darlings and on Broadway in Martin McDonagh's The Cripple of Inismaan, Daniel Radcliffe is tackling lighter fare.

The 25-year-old Harry Potter star has graduated to play the leading role in a romantic comedy.  In What If he plays a guy who falls in love with a girl (Zoe Kazan) who already has a boyfriend (Rafe Spall).

However, he says he wasn't looking for a romantic comedy.

"I'm always looking for comedy because I love comedy, it's what I've grown up watching mostly," he says, "So I was definitely looking for that but romantic comedy was not something...  If you'd said, 'Do you want to do a romcom, I'd have been like, 'Ah, maybe.  Show me the script.'

For the third role in a year, Daniel has a naked scene, this time he's skinny dipping in Lake Ontario in Canada.

"It wasn't warm but it could have been a lot colder," he reveals. "I've been in Canada a few times in September and it gets cold and we had like an amazingly comparatively mild night to do it on.  It could have been a lot worse, for sure. 

"My other nude scenes I've done have always been about losing my virginity or horses.  So it was really nice to do a film with a skinny dipping scene with a cute girl.  Tough job!"

The actor also revealed that he went skinny dipping off the west coast of Ireland on New Year's Eve before, "I was on the west coast.  It was freezing.  I was naked and there was a woman walking along the beach."

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