Daniel Radcliffe has said that he shouldn’t have to call himself a feminist because people should just assume that he supports women.
The Harry Potter star was speaking to Elle UK magazine when he said that he hoped the world would have moved on by now to the point that people weren’t asked how they felt about feminism.
He said: “It’s sad that people are having to come out as feminist. I thought we’d have got beyond this point. I would hope it would be assumed of me that I was one.”
Daniel, 27, added of the movie industry: “You see amazing male characters, and there is an absolute dearth of roles for women.”
With the adaptations of JK Rowling’s novels that made his name now behind him, Daniel has taken on roles very different to that of the child wizard, including the upcoming Imperium – where he plays an FBI agent who goes undercover to take down a group of white supremacists.
He told the magazine: “A lot of pressure of looking for that really successful thing has been taken away because it’s already behind me. I’ll never do anything as commercially successful as Potter, so your definition of success changes.”
Many child stars struggle to make the leap to a successful career as an adult, but Daniel seems to have moved on smoothly from Hogwarts, although he wasn’t sure he could offer tips on how to achieve it.
He said: “There’s no blueprint on how to do it. When you are very young and fame becomes part of your identity and you’re still discovering who you are, what you like and what makes you happy, I imagine that can really screw you over when the fame goes away.”
Read the full interview in Elle UK, on sale September 20. Go to www.elleuk.com for more.