Daniel Radcliffe finds it ‘super weird’ that Harry Potter co-star Rupert Grint has become a father
Like any 90s kid, Daniel Radcliffe is also having a hard time accepting the fact that he is no more a child and he and his peers are adult enough to become a parent. The 30-year-old actor recently opened up about how he reacted when he heard that his ‘Harry Potter’ co-star Rupert Grint was expecting his first child with his girlfriend, Georgia Groome.
Talking on Bravo's ‘Watch What Happens Live’ via video call on Monday, May 18, Radcliffe, best known for playing the titular protagonist in the ‘Harry Potter’ film series, revealed that he texted Grint to congratulate him when he heard he was going to be a father. “I texted him the other day and said I was so happy for him and it's very very cool. It's also like super weird, for me, to think that we are all at the age where we are all having children, but we definitely are,” he said.
Later in the show, Radcliffe said that Grint and Emma Watson, who played Hermione Grainger, are "terrible yardsticks for how old people are,” adding: "I remember when I turned 30 I remember a lot of people in my life were really depressed to find out that they're lapped."
Radcliffe had earlier told the Inquirer about Grint’s parenthood: “I’m incredibly happy for him. He and Georgia have been together for a while. It’s really exciting. It is crazy to think because it’s in my head. It still feels like we’ve basically just met and we are about 16 years old.”
However, back in 2019, the British star, who has been in a relationship with actress Erin Darke for several years, told The Jakarta Post that he had started thinking about having a family as he entered his 30s.
“I would like to start directing in my 30s and try to get at least one film made before I turn 40. And at some point, not immediately, but in a few years from now, I’ll probably be thinking about starting a family. So to get to my 40s and be a dad and have directed one film, I think I’d be very happy,” Radcliffe said at the time.
The 31-year-old Grint welcomed his first child, a girl, with his girlfriend Groome on May 6. He rose to prominence for his portrayal of Ron Weasley in the eight films of the ‘Harry Potter’ series based on the children’s books by J.K. Rowling. The couple announced the happy news in a statement, saying, “Rupert Grint and Georgia Groome are delighted to confirm the birth of their baby girl. We would please ask that you respect their privacy at this very special time.”
Grint is the first star out of the three main characters of the fantasy film series to become a parent. Earlier in a 2018 interview, he admitted that he wanted to become a father "soon". “Turning 30 felt strange. It just doesn't feel like I'm there yet and I don't know what the future holds. I'm just going to go with the flow, keep playing interesting characters, and see what happens. I'd like to settle down and have kids soon,” Grint told The Guardian at the time.