"I thought, 'Do I actually want to keep doing this?'"
Harry Potter star Rupert Grint has revealed how he contemplated leaving the iconic film series at the height of his fame.
The 30-year-old actor is best known for playing Ron Weasley, having portrayed the error-prone Hogwarts students for eight films between 2001 and 2011.
However, he’s now admitted that his inability to deal with fame as a teenager meant that he almost stepped away from the role after portraying the iconic character in 2005’s Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire.
“I had just finished my GCSEs,” he told the Independent. “I thought, ‘Do I actually want to keep doing this? It’s a bit of a drag’.
“Because obviously, it’s a big sacrifice. You take for granted anonymity, just doing normal stuff, just going out. Everything was different and a little bit scary. There were times when I was like, ‘I’m done’.”
Although Grint went on to star in the films until their eventual conclusion, he last year admitted that the end of filming left him questioning if he wanted to follow acting.
“We had such an intimate and intense few years in this bubble,” he said.
“When I started, [acting] was never something that I aspired to do. I did acting with school plays and stuff like that. But it was never something that I actively dreamed of. I mean, I fell in love with it while I was doing it.”
Meanwhile, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is set for release next month. It takes place in the Wizarding World of the 1920s and follows the adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). The second film also features a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) as he does battle against Johnny Depp’s Gellert Grindelwald.