Dan Radcliffe In August Issue of Attitude Magazine


Jul 27, 2009

Posted by EdwardTLC

Actor Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter) has given a very candid new interview to the UK gay magazine Attitude, which appears in the August issue of the magazine on newsstands now. The August issue of this magazine features a multi-page photo spread and interview with the actor, which can be seen right here in our Image Galleries courtesy of our Order Partner DanRadcliffe.com. The BBC has an article online highlighting parts of this interview, incliding Mr. Radcliffe’s comments on his loathing of homophobia, as well as his liberal political leanings. On the subject of homophobia, the actor relates that, “I grew up around gay people entirely. I was the only child in my class
who had any experience of homosexuality or anything like that.” In the full interview he goes on to say:

“My dad was an agent and represented Jonathan Harvery who wrote Beautiful Thing so I grew up knowing Jonathan and his partner and it was just never an issue. Then when you get to that age at school and someone calls you a poof, and you go, “What?” You go, “Hold on, why is this word being used like this?” It suddenly became really weird for me to have people around me who were homophobic. It was a very strange, weird thing. I’ve always been around gay people.”

The interview continues with Mr. Radcliffe speaking on a number of subjects, including politics and getting out the youth vote. On this subject he says: “It’s so important young people learn about politics and vote even if it’s a protest vote to make a point. Not voting is not a protest.” Dan Radcliffe wraps up his interview in Attitude, which a short discussion of his future after the Harry Potter films. In this section, the actor speaks further to the possibility of playing late photojournalist Dan Eldon in an upcoming project:

“I’m hopefully going to play Dan Eldon,the photojournalist who was stoned to death in Somalia. I’ve spoken with his mother and sister and met them. We need to make sure we get it right and do him real justice.”

A caution to parents, as this interview does contain discussion of
subjects and language that may not be suitable for younger readers. The full interview and complete photo spread can be found over in our Image Galleries.

Many thanks to DanRadcliffe.com.

84 Responses to Dan Radcliffe In August Issue of Attitude Magazine

Avatar ImageHannahLongbottom says: That was hilarious and excellent. I really like the pictures, too.Avatar ImageAwakened says: It's cool that Dan is so open minded. That's definitely one of the things I admire most about him :)Avatar Imagemissdelbridge says: It's refreshing to see that he isn't afraid to say his true thoughts/opinions.Avatar Imageaxlgirl says: I love Dan's interviews. He's always so open, and intelligent, and eloquent. And funny. You rock, Dan! =DAvatar ImageAelaeras says: Well seeing as how everyone's already wrought down what I was going to, just read the other comments =]Avatar ImageFonty says: Essential Dan interview, reading is mandatory for all people interested in Dan. :)Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: axlgirl!!! u stole what i wanted 2 say XD !!!Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: well...everybody is free to think whatever they want! Good luck with Dan Eldon Daniel!!! It really has to be weird to grow up around gay people! Thank God hi is NOT gay!!!Avatar Imagesianletley says: Not the hugest fan of the photo's but I'm not the demographic for this article!!! Also I like 2 think of him as Harry Potter not Daniel Radcliffe, though agree with what he says. I hope that many ppl will share his views it would make the world a nicer placeAvatar ImageMatea says: "Daniel,the champion of the world" hahahahaha. cuttie <3Avatar ImageMarcusHBP says: kudos to you daniel, i was kind of worried after reading reports that he said some "homophobic remarks" Avatar Imagegot2lovme says: Amazed about some stuff in the interview. Seems like a smart guy.Avatar ImagePaintTheSky says: @DiamondWings- while you are free to express your opinion, it is not 'weird' growing up around gay people. It's a fact of life and I'm sure someone you know is gay, even if you don't currently realize it. And what if he was gay? That wouldn't make him any less of a human being, and he should be respected as such.Avatar Imagehepburn says: Yes I agree with you PinatTheSky. Dan is really open minded and funny. I really like him! :)Avatar Imagesiriuslysirius11 says: It's good that he is so open-mimded.Avatar ImageR-for-H says: Very interesting interview!Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: thats awesome!Avatar Imageemdash84 says: Daniel is freaking brilliant. Amazing interview.Avatar ImageGTHunter says: he looks creepyAvatar ImageLillylove says: What a wonderful interview from Dan. It is always refreshing to hear his thoughts - mainly because they have depth and sincerity. I very much admire this young man.Avatar ImageGinnywobbles says: Yes, *emdash84* I'm constantly amazed at how freaking brilliant Dan is! What an interview! He's awesome! Loved the reference to "First They Came..." (and the fact that he loved it, and it's on his family's wall at home!) I don't understand US politics, let alone British, but I imagine he could do well there also. Whatever avenue he chooses to 'save the world' from, I'm all for it!!! Wow! ... still in awe! What a guy... and he's only 20!!!Avatar ImageAmy Darlene says: Fantastic interview!!!!Avatar ImageSwedishSkinJer says: To a previous user who said it must certainly be "weird" to grow up around gay individuals: I am gay, and I have not heard that comment once. I am a community volunteer, top student at my university, and an active member of my local theater group. Does my sexuality honestly define me as an individual? Should I be known as "that gay human being" instead of "a human being"? Should I call you "that heterosexual human being"? Gay individuals are all around us. Maybe the man who bagged your groceries was gay. Maybe one of your friends has a relative who is gay. Maybe the man who offered you assistance at the local store was gay. Maybe the man who drives a taxi is gay.Avatar ImageJadeDanielle says: Is he even capable of giving a bad interview? This was very interesting, glad I took the time to read all of it! Avatar ImageLucia Meadows says: Dan is odd, but in a good way. Thanks for the interview!Avatar ImageMorgana_Black says: this was a great article!!! its nice to see young fame with some intelligence.Avatar ImageFereverto says: "If you keep expectations low, you will always exceed them" Bwahahahahaha!Avatar Imageminitontis says: Lucia Meadows: Why do you say Dan is odd?? I think he is completely normal... I mean, I think his ideas are very normal, you know, the same as mines, like my friends... I think these ideals are very common here in modern Europe. About the gay thing... Well, I do have gay and lesbian friends, they are some of the best people I've ever met. Also, here in Spain homosexual marriage is becoming just a normal thing (like it should have always been). I don't know people think Dan is "so" open minded, because almost every person I normally talk with (friends, teachers, family), I watch just think exactly the same. Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: Dan's interviews are always great :]Avatar ImageSwedishSkinJer says: I agree, Mini. I may be gay (and I'm not ashamed of who I am as an individual, either), but I must say this: gay stereotypes are as inaccurate as any other stereotype. I don't have a high-pitched voice, I don't solely wear pink, and you most likely wouldn't know about my sexuality unless I told you. Oh, and I don't want to "indoctrinate" children, either (kind of odd that this accusation comes mostly from anti-gay theists, considering that they encourage parents to bring their children to religious services). That's possibly the most dehumanizing attack against gay individuals.Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: i must check this outAvatar Imagelau399 says: He looks totally hot!!!! I love all his interviews.Avatar ImageSwedishSkinJer says: Yeah, I absolutely agree. It doesn't matter if you agree with Dan or not. I still think it's admirable that she's able to say what's on his mind without any hesitation. He's so incredibly open and comfortable with his beliefs.Avatar ImageSwedishSkinJer says: Correction: he's able to say* :PAvatar Imagebudgie says: Considering how many gay people don't announce it, how would most folks know if they were around one or not? Most are just people.Avatar ImageWingardium Leviosa says: He seems like a really nice person, and I'm glad he is expressing his views.Avatar Imagechanman says: He definately speaks his mindAvatar ImagePhylis says: What a refreshing view of the world. Kudos to Dan.Avatar Imagedeadtree says: I'm so impressed with how eloquent and open-minded Dan, and for that matter most of the HP actors, are. It's wonderful when you compare them to the likes of Megan Fox et al. This is brilliant. Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: It’s good that he is so open-mimded.Avatar Image-MischiefManaged- says: The more I read these interviews with Dan, the more I like him. Hell, if he wasn't 15 years younger than I am, I might even fall for him. He's bloody brilliant. So eloquent, so wise for someone his age (he really is an old soul in a young man's body), so kind, so honest and open. How many other young stars -- excluding the other young HP actors cause they seem a lot like him -- would be willing to speak their mind as openly as Dan does? How many would even accept an interview request from a magazine like Attitude? Oh and I love it how he still has that very elijahwoody kinda thing going in some of those pics, especially the last one (last in the Leaky Galleries, before the last page of text). :-) I totally fell for Elijah when he played Frodo and it seems that these last Potter films might do the same for Dan. He used to be just this very cute kid, just like Elijah was when he was young, but has grown up to be a very handsome and sexy young man. Again, just like Elijah.Avatar Imagealegria35 says: That's why so many people are insinuating Dan is gay.. he doesn't have any qualms regarding the third sex. WTG Dan...Avatar Imageclauslr says: ah! I get such a good feeling reading this interview with Dan. May you have a long life and the wife and children you want. Also wish you a fruitful career for us all to enjoy. Yes, Diamondwings, you are allowed to express your opinion :-) (Said yet another weird one)Avatar ImageLuce_depp says: That is a really smart interview. I'm slightly blown away by it in a way, coz it's realyl simliar to my view on things as well. That picture on the last page of the article, where dan's head is next to the wall that has a text on it saying something about being wierd, his hair looks great! If only they could use that for potter and not the ridiculous little tuft of fluffly hair bum parted.Avatar Imagehereward says: Daniel appearing in a gay magazine prepared us for his big announcement.....he's a Liberal Democrat!Avatar Imageminishiva says: I love him even more know.One of the most interesting interviews he gave so far. I love that he is interested in politics.Good to see that he is humble, sincere and inteligent.Avatar ImageSwedishSkinJer says: Hereward: What do you mean? I know plenty of gay-friendly conservatives, moderates, independents, etc. In fact, there are a few online blogs that feature gay citizens discussing their conservative views. There are quite a few of fiscally conservative gays that would support other parties if they were aware of their social views. I am gay myself, but I am more of a moderate. Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: I really admire Dan -- what an intelligent young man. It's great that he is so open-minded and willing to be himself in interviews.Avatar Imagejords says: Reading this interview reminds me why Dan does such an outstanding job of playing a hero: he doesn't have to try very hard. What an outstandingly open-minded and humanity-loving man. I'm so very proud to have one with his caliber playing a character I love like I love Harry.Avatar Image-MischiefManaged- says: @jords, that's very very well said! You took the words right off my keyboard. Dan is quite a bit like Harry in many ways -- he's very open-minded and sincere, humane, extremely intelligent, brave (again, how many other young stars would give such an interview) and loyal, just like Harry. Dumbledore's man through and through. I could totally picture Harry giving an interview like that in a wizarding world version of Attitude. :-)Avatar ImageiLoveDolores says: the Potter kids continue to amaze me - they are all such wonderfully unique and interesting people :D Avatar ImageCandyCane2304 says: Good interview.Avatar Image-MischiefManaged- says: Oops, what happened with that previous comment? Anyway, reposting it, hopefully without strikethrough this time. @jords, that’s very very well said! You took the words right off my keyboard. Dan is quite a bit like Harry in many ways, he’s very open-minded and sincere, humane, extremely intelligent, brave (again, how many other young stars would give such an interview) and loyal, just like Harry. Dumbledore’s man through and through. I could totally picture Harry giving an interview like that in a wizarding world version of Attitude. :)Avatar Imagebeewell says: Dan always gives great interviews. His openness at answering the questions reveals that he is very self confident and sure of his answers or opinions. Great going Dan!Avatar ImageDanielBonnie28 says: dan is so funny!!Avatar Imageforgetmenot_007 says: It was really a hearty interview.Avatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: that was an amazing article...i really like the pictures too, he looks really adorable in them :]Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: This is a great interview with great pics, too. Avatar Imagekbicprez says: Dan’s interviews are always so thoughtful. I would have been totally shocked if his attitude about gays had been the kind of whacked-out bigotry we see here in the US. He’s a very sensible guy. Avatar Imagesueml says: I love Dan's interviews - he speaks about real things. Like everyone here has said - he is very open-minded. I would also like to point out how very impressed I am with the Leaky readers who have commented here - you are all very open-minded and intelligent as well. Even the young person (I'm assuming) who wrote it must be weird to grow up around gay people. I don't think it was a matter of judging, but probably of just being young and unaware. I also grew up around gay people (my sister-in-law was a professional ballet dancer and brought many of the dancers home for dinners, holidays, etc. - many of the male dancers happened to be gay). It was no different than having anyone else over - and that was about 30 years ago. Here in Massachusetts there was a bit of an uproar when gay marriage was legalized 5 years ago, but now, no one thinks about it. In fact, at this point, 5 of the 6 New England states all sanction gay marriage (come on Rhode Island, we're waiting for you). I'm glad society is moving forward.Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: That was a very good interview...Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: The pics were amazing!Avatar Imagetreacletartftw says: I absolutely love Daniel! He's so personable and intelligent. His interviews always make me smile. =]Avatar Imagegirlatty1 says: I though this might be a Dumbledore type announcementAvatar ImageAgrippa1 says: What a terrific interview - he's so naturally accepting, it's as if he's Dumbledore's man, through and through, in person.Avatar ImageRose63 says: Wonderful interview and pictures. I feel the reason Dan comes across so mature and is not afraid to state his views is the fact that he is an only child. His parents also respected him and included him in so much of their lives. My son was an only child and when he was a teenager other parents were all the time telling us how nice it was to be around him. He would actually sit and carry on an intelligent conversation with them. This interview really shows how much Dan has matured.Avatar Imagejerseypopopx6 says: Isn't it a shame when a person expresses their opinions about things and gets attacked. One person said it must have been wierd growing up with gay people and boom the defensive mechanism goes forth. One does not have to accept a person for their sexual orientation just because you want them to. As far as the church going members who bring their children to church to "hear" antigay rhetoric, I learned a child will grow up and have a mind of their own when it is time to choose their beliefs. As for as this responder's opinion I have no qulams about Dan being open minded, but please, I am not a robot that shares his views as my experience was not great with anyone gay when I was growing up. Including family members who chose to live their lives the way they wanted. Avatar Imagejerseypopopx6 says: As for my real opinion of the article I think it was timely and greaat for Daan to show how articulate he is. Whether he is gay or not has nothing to do with his abilities to portray a character that many have come to love. I said it before and will say it again it is a fictional character that has captured the imagination of many and for those who choose to belittle Dan because of an article needs to get a life.Avatar ImagePaintTheSky says: @jerseypopopx6- fyi it's also attacking the gay community and any Leaky readers who may be gay (which there are) when someone says it must be 'weird' growing up around them. That is highly offensive. In addition, I find it offensive that you claim most everyone else to be a 'robot' simply for agreeing that love and equality is the right path to walk. Perhaps you haven't had good experiences growing up around other gay people, and I find that quite unfortunate and I feel sorry.Avatar ImageRin68nyr says: Good for you, Dan!!!!! Love the attitude! Paintthe sky is right...you probably already know someone who is gay, and you know what? It's not a big deal! ErinAvatar ImageFlora Lovegood says: YAY Dan! I am straight but not narrow too! :)Avatar ImageJeannine says: Superb interview.....well it's Daniel it would be....but this one was even more thought provoking and informative....love that he doesn't hold back his opinion and expesses his thoughts in such an intelligent ,and often witty way.... He is such an intelligent ,charming ,talented,witty and gracious person so glad to see some major publication,and interviewer, gave him a chance to state his views.Which are always very interesting on any subject. I may not agree with all of them but I defend his right to say them to the hilt. What an incredible man,SO looking forwrd to what he does in the future.......and the photos are fantastic.Avatar ImageFigment says: Dan did a very good interview. The photos look great.Avatar ImageHereticPrincess says: I love Daniel, because he's open minded and also funny. (of course, and very handsome, and getting better with time :P) cheers GryffindorAvatar ImageGwynogs_rabbit says: He is such a great guy! I really like him! Totally platonically of course since I'm Lily's age. Oh well.Avatar Imagebleucatt says: Has anyone seen his interview on Inside the Actor's Studio? It's genius. He' s just a charming and witty guy. I love how open minded and relaxed he is with discussing certain topics. Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: @DiamindWings that is a pretty disgusting way to say something about gays.Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: But oh well it was a funny interview.Avatar ImageAraminta1987 says: @DiamondWings - I know someone else has already said something to you about this, but being gay is not "weird", and there is no reason why growing up around gay people would be a weird or uncomfortable experience. Gay people are just people, not anything weird or anything to be avoided or scorned. PS Dan rocks!!! He goes up in my estimation every time I see or read another interview with him :DAvatar Imagepunkedup88 says: That's a pretty good article. I agree that it's terrible to be homophobic. Even as a Christian, I find it offensive to say it's "weird" to grow up in that environment. I do take offense when people are being put down. Despite his very open views, I enjoy his work. I may not agree with all his views, but his work is what really matters to me.Avatar ImageRin68nyr says: Besides, if you grow up with gay people...it's not at all weird to you...it's normal! The only "weird" thing was when I was told that someone was gay who I had grown up with...it was weird when I first found out (the person told me himself), but that weirdness lasted only a little while...then everything was back to normal...but better! ErinAvatar Imageweasleymyking says: I'm so happy to see Dan is standing up for the homoesexual men and women around the world! He is such a role model!Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: Good for him. I think homophobia is so stupid, especially in the 21st century. I like them photos as well lol! :)Avatar ImageKennedyJames says: I love the advice at the end of the article cos that's what I do with my parents too LMFAO

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