The Wall Street Journal has put a new article online in which Daniel talks about his Harry Potter spectacles, one of his favorite Podcasts, Fantasy Football, and more. The text is edited from an interview by Chris Kornelis.
On his Favorite Podcast
The “How Did This Get Made?” podcast is one of my
favorite things to listen to. It’s three very, very funny people talking
generally with other very funny people. It’s a dissection of crazy
movies, not even necessarily bad ones—though a lot of them are bad
movies. What I think I love about it is there’s a lot of respect in the
way they talk about the film. They have an appreciation for the fact
that getting any film made is basically a victory. They do make fun of
them, obviously, but there’s a feeling of celebration about it, which is
really lovely. Everyone should listen to it.
On Fantast Football
I’ve got all my fantasy football apps on my phone: NFL Fantasy Football and Yahoo Fantasy Football.
And I’m on them fairly constantly. I was going to say from Thursday to
Monday, but then I realized that it’s an all-week thing. I’m in two
leagues. I know people who are in so many more than that, and I have no
idea how they cope. The level of stress it brings into my life as it
is…I don’t know how anyone could possibly deal with more than two
On running socks
I feel like a good pair of running socks is essential. When I first started running, I got a lot of blisters. The Wrightsock Running II socks have this sort of double layer inside them. They save my life.
On his Harry Potter glasses
I did take a pair of the glasses with me [from the “Harry Potter”
set]. But they are not practical. It amazes most people to find out
that they did not have lenses in them most of the time. I don’t keep the
glasses out, but if anyone really wanted to try them on, they could. No
one’s ever asked, which I’m unhappy about.
I’m in, as most
actors are in some way, a sort of a semi-long distance relationship a
lot of the time. I don’t know how people did it before Skype and FaceTime
existed. Even if the signal is bad and the image is freezing, you’re
still getting to see the other person’s face. That’s very important.
On the new iPhones
I have one of the new iPhones without the headphone jack, which I’m still very distressed about. The headphone jack adapter
that allows you to plug your old headphones into your new iPhone is an
actual tech essential. I just can’t quite bring myself to wear the
wireless AirPods, or whatever they’re called. They look a bit silly, but
it’s more that I know I will lose them and that’s really annoying.
On the app Word Warp
My app for killing time is Word Warp.
You just have to find as many words within a six-letter word as
possible. Though it’s probably a complete illusion, I feel like doing
anagrams helps my brain do something more productive than playing other