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Update: 14th July 2011. Another photo added below. Thanks to Simply Daniel Radcliffe.
You’ve lived in New York before, when you were doing Equus on Broadway. What was your first impression of the city?[Actually] my first exposure to New York was coming here to do press for Potter from a young age. When I came over to do Equus, my experience was less of New York as a whole and more [about] Broadway. It was extraordinary and still is. I like to be around people who want to work hard, and that’s what you find yourself surrounded by [on Broadway]. My favorite thing to do is just to walk around the West Village, and everyone seems to be very cool there.
You probably don’t get mobbed on the street when you walk around here.It’s very rare that I get stopped or get asked for an autograph or anything—none of which I mind—but people don’t really care that much. I just sort of walk by, and they say, “Oh, hi,” [Waves] and then walk on. It’s pretty cool, to be honest. You should be proud of that, as a city, that you’re very chilled out with celebrities. I do miss London, but if I have to spend a year somewhere else, New York is not a bad place to have to spend it.
Is that different from fan reaction in London?It’s definitely different for me in London. People, if they spot you in London, sort of tend to shout. Or say, [Pointing] “Hey, look!” or something like that.
It’s sort of an unspoken rule between New Yorkers and celebrities, to let them be.
I saw Julianne Moore walk past me a couple of weeks ago, and we sort of smiled at each other. I don’t think she knew it was me, I just think she thought it was somebody smiling at her. You do see a lot of people, and I’m as guilty of it as anybody. I get so excited when I spot people, like, “Oh, there’s Kiefer Sutherland!”
I once sat next to Lou Reed during a movie.
Wow! Okay, Jesus. See, that’s the thing I’d find totally intimidating. And the Tony Awards, when we performed this year…I had not been that nervous in years. I don’t think I was that nervous on our first night of doing the show. There’s that moment when you’re all standing behind this huge LED screen, and suddenly you’re revealed like prizes on a game show, and Al Pacino is ten feet from you, and Mark Rylance and Bobby Cannavale and Sutton Foster and all these huge people…it’s fucking terrifying. [Laughs] But it was a huge thrill to perform there.
picture source: Matt Hoyle