Harry Potter stars eye new freedoms -- and a tattoo
The young stars of the Harry Potter films admitted Tuesday they face an uncertain future after the series ends but look forward to newfound freedoms -- including the opportunity to get a tattoo.
"A tattoo sounds quite cool, maybe of Dan's face," joked Rupert Grint, 22, when asked what he will do when he no longer has to inhabit the character of Ron, the best friend of Harry, played by Daniel Radcliffe.
Grint was speaking ahead of Thursday's world premiere in London of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One", the penultimate film which, along with next year's second part, will spell the end of the boy wizard's adventures.
Filming has already wrapped up, opening a new chapter in the lives of its stars, who signed up for the parts 10 years ago as fresh-faced children and are now multi-millionaires.
"It's been a massive part of my life, I'm going to miss kind of everything," Grint told journalists. "Harry Potter was a safety cushion, a bubble. I've always felt a kind of connection with Ron. I suppose I'm going to miss him."
He admits to being "unsure" about what he wants to do, focusing on short-term goals such as trying out skiing, adding: "I'll do anything, really, something completely opposite. Explore -- just do different things."
Emma Watson, who plays Harry's brainy sidekick Hermione, has a few more ideas than her co-star but her problem is that "I want to do everything".
The elegant 20-year-old has achieved a high profile as a model in the past couple of years, fronting two campaigns for classic British brand Burberry and appearing on the cover of this month's Vogue magazine.
"I'm entering a new phase of my life, I feel excited to see what comes next," said Watson, who is currently enrolled at Brown University in the United States.
She said she was "really proud" of her performance in the final two Potter movies, but also expressed an interested in writing non-fiction books, adding that whatever happened she would keep working.
"I would go mad if I didn't do anything for a single day," she said.
Perhaps the most settled is Radcliffe, who has already forged an acting career outside the wizarding world, including a critically acclaimed run in London and Broadway in the stage play "Equus" which required him to bare all.
He is currently filming a new Hammer horror movie.
But the 21-year-old admitted: "I now have to work twice as hard to try and separate myself from the character and to create a more varied body of work in the next few years... to prove to people that this is what I want."
He also has an eye on a future role as a director, saying: "I'd love to do that, I'm very interested but I still have a lot to learn."
Radcliffe, like Watson, rejects any suggestion of doing another Harry Potter film -- but said he might be tempted if ever asked to take on the role of the headmaster of the fictional wizardry school where Harry learned his magic.
"Ten years is enough with one character, but if they offer me Dumbledore's part, I'd think about it," he quipped.
© 2010 AFP