Harry Potter star Rupert Grint revealed that spending ten years playing Ron Weasley in J.K. Rowling’s franchise was suffocating at times.
Rupert Grint says that spending ten years on the Harry Potter movies was suffocating. The English actor played Harry Potter’s best friend Ron Weasley in all eight film adaptions of J.K. Rowling’s beloved books. While it’s been a decade since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, the final installment, hit theaters, the legacy lives on.
At the age of eleven, Grint snagged the coveted role of Ron almost instantly. Despite having no professional acting credits to his name, he put together an unorthodox audition tape after seeing the Harry Potter open casting call advertised on BBC. Grint dressed up as his female school teacher and performed a rap about why he wanted to be in the film. The franchise’s first director Chris Columbus, who helmed both Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets, revealed in the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection that most of the child actors were inexperienced, with their first instinct being to smile and laugh.
Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and all of the main child actors learned the ropes over time. In fact, Grint told Dax Shepard on his podcast Armchair Expert that it got to the point where working on the films was a bit too all-consuming:
"There was definitely a time where it felt quite suffocating. It was heavy going every day for ten years in the end... It was a great experience, such a nice family atmosphere. It was as great place to be, but sometimes it definitely felt like, 'I wanna do something else,' See what else is out there."
This isn’t the first time the real-life Grint has expressed some grievances about being a part of the Harry Potter films. He’s previously said he “wanted to live a little bit” after hanging up Ron’s robe, and even considered quitting acting once Deathly Hallows – Part 2 was finished. While filming Harry Potter, Grint was keen to appear in a smattering of other projects, including movies Thunderpants, Driving Lessons, Cherrybomb, and Wild Target. However, after Deathly Hallows, he took a step back.
Grint isn’t the only Hogwarts alum to slow things down post-Potter. The other two members of Gryffindor’s core trio have also taken breaks and branched off. Emma Watson has primarily appeared in smaller projects like The Bling Ring and The Circle, balancing those out with roles in blockbusters and Oscar fare such as Beauty and the Beast and Little Women. Rumors Watson was retiring from acting were fortunately debunked. Daniel Radcliffe called his Harry Potter acting embarrassing, and his career has followed a similar trajectory after his time in the franchise. He’s largely steered clear of high-profile projects, known mostly for titles like Swiss Army Man and Guns Akimbo.
Still, Grint’s participation in other film projects seems to have received the most backlash from critics amongst the Harry Potter cast. Fortunately, the actor has found some solace on the smaller screen. Grint has gleamed recurring roles on UK shows like Sick Note, Snatch and The ABC Murders mini series. His most recent gig is a sheer departure from the Wizarding World, stepping into Apple TV+’s dark drama Servant. Above all else, it’s clear he and his cohorts are grateful for their time at Hogwarts.