03 May 2012

Daniel Radcliffe interviews Helena Bonham Carter for Interview magazine (US)

Daniel has been interviewing his co-star Helena Bonham Carter for the May issue of Interview magazine.

The first part can be found below, follow this link to read more.
Her Harry Potter costar, Daniel Radcliffe, well knows. Radcliffe visited with the 45-year-old Bonham Carter at one of the two homes she shares with Burton and their two children in London.
DANIEL RADCLIFFE: You have quite an overachieving family.

HELENA BONHAM CARTER: Do you think so?

RADCLIFFE: Well, you're descended from a prime minister, several politicians, and a very influential director. And your maternal granddad was a Spanish diplomat who was awarded the Righteous Among the Nations a few years ago, which is amazing. And your mother is a psychotherapist. BONHAM CARTER: Wow. You know more than I do.

RADCLIFFE: But that intellectual milieuhow did that launch you? Because you did start young.

BONHAM CARTER: It was nothing to do with where I came from, in the sense that mum and dad never brought us up with any kind of pressure. There weren't any expectations, which was great. But I was incredibly self-critical and very driven. Thank god I got slightly less self-critical as I got older.

RADCLIFFE: Have you then? Does that go slightly?

BONHAM CARTER: Oh yes. Don't worry. It's so much better when you get older.

RADCLIFFE: Oh, thank god.

BONHAM CARTER: I think you physically fall apart. But mentally, it's so much easier.

RADCLIFFE: I certainly suffer from a slight inferiority complex when I step into a room of other actors because I've never trained, and I know you haven't either.

BONHAM CARTER: Oh, I had a big inferiority complex till yesterday.

RADCLIFFE: But not today!

BONHAM CARTER: Everybody has an inferiority complex when they step into a room. But then when you have children and you get older, it doesn't really matter. When I was young I had so many inferiority complexes. I had an inferiority complex because I didn't go to university. I had an inferiority complex because I didn't train. Then it gets tiring. And you do get bored of it.

RADCLIFFE: Right. And so that boredom is actually what ultimately leads you to go, "Oh, fuck it."

BONHAM CARTER: "Fuck it" is my guiding philosophy.

RADCLIFFE: I think people see your career as almost having two halves, one where you played this kind of ingénue. And then there's a perception that around the time you met Tim [Burton], you started getting weird. But I know you'd been weird long before that.

BONHAM CARTER: I was weird right from the start. It's just that you can't ever expect people to get you. And I do think that really did mess with my head, being well-known young, when you really don't know who you are. This is how ridiculous I was: I'd sometimes go look at a written profile of me and see how I was described and say, "Oh, is that who I am?" You can't ever put your self-definition in the hands of somebody who meets you for 15 minutes.

RADCLIFFE: Typecast is a strange word. All characters are not the same. It's a very easy thing to say that somebody's typecast.

BONHAM CARTER: All those corseted period-dramas. But what was so great about those parts was that they were all from novels. They provided, instantly, way more subtle characterization. I remember that my agent said, "You can't do Where Angels Fear to Tread [1991] and Howard's End [1992]." I said, "Why not? Show me a better part."

RADCLIFFE: Your Harry Potter character, Bellatrix Lestrange, is one of the scariest characters in the books. But I think it's fair to say that she is very playful and quite sexy as well.

BONHAM CARTER: When they sent the part, I thought, What am I going to do here? Because, actually, on the page, she wasn't all there, so I thought, Well, you've got to be noticed. And Bellatrix-kids were terrified of her. So I think, Okay, I've got to be scary. But then also, if you're with kids, you want to have fun being naughty.

RADCLIFFE: Do you think you take inspiration from kids a lot? Because I do. They're very honest in how they act and how they are in the world.

BONHAM CARTER: Oh, yeah. They are. And I also think there's a lot of Peter Pan about me anyway. I never really wanted to grow up. I grew up really young. I moved out when I was 13—that's when I started acting. Dad was really ill—he was pretty much paralyzed—so there was a part of me that felt like I had to become responsible.

RADCLIFFE: You thought that you had to provide. Or help, at least.

BONHAM CARTER: Yeah. I was trying to make up for what had happened to him. I wasn't even conscious of it. There was a lot of vicarious living because he was paralyzed. I thought that if I did something, it would make it better somehow.

RADCLIFFE: Which you probably did in some ways.

BONHAM CARTER: In a way, I did.

RADCLIFFE: You've had a wonderful life, and what more does any parent want than to be extremely proud of their kids? Oh, and speaking of, congratulations. You won BAFTA last year for The King's Speech.

Thank you.

That's very exciting, and you were terrified before that film. You were on Potter, and you were filming it at the same time. You were doing double duty.

BONHAM CARTER: I was doing double duty. I never actually said yes to that film. I said no so many times. [Director] Tom Hooper is relentless, so if he wants something, then he will get it. You end up saying, "Oh, fuck it, I'll do it."

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