The actor made the admission during an interview on the BBC's 'Victoria Derbyshire' programme
Daniel Radcliffe has admitted that it is “pretty undeniable” that Hollywood is racist.
The Harry Potter star made the admission while appearing on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme, where he was asked directly by the eponymous host if he considered the film industry to be discriminatory.
Quizzed on whether he would say that “Hollywood has been – or is – racist,” Radcliffe replied: “I mean, yes – I think it’s pretty undeniable. Here’s the thing: we like to think of ourselves as being a very, very progressive industry, but we have been lagging behind in all kind of areas that have been very well documented.”
Radcliffe also voiced his concerns about how gay actors may have had trouble coming out for fear of being typecast in gay roles.
“It is sad because, again, we’re in this industry that likes to view itself as totally progressive and liberal, but there is the kind of line where they’ll say: ‘Oh, people won’t buy him as [a] straight [character].'”
The 27-year-old also spoke about speculation that he might reprise his most famous role to date in a possible film adaptation of the current Harry Potter play, The Cursed Child.
“No-one’s asked me about it and I definitely don’t think that I would do it at this point, certainly,” Radcliffe clarified. “It’s only been six years [since he last played Potter] and I’m really enjoying being able to do lots of different stuff at the moment… Maybe if 30 years had passed I would be thinking differently. They will be doing remakes, and I could play his dad, or something.”
Watch clips of the interview via the BBC here.
Radcliffe’s latest film, Imperium, is out on Friday (September 23).