Radcliffe and DeHaan discuss acting

Dane DeHaan (left) and Daniel Radcliffe in “Kill Your Darlings.”
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Dane DeHaan (left) and Daniel Radcliffe in “Kill Your Darlings.”

Daniel Radcliffe will next be seen playing a young man who sprouts devilish growths after being accused of murdering his girlfriend in “Horns.” He’s currently filming the part of the hunchbacked Igor in a new version of “Frankenstein.”

Dane DeHaan’s next film is the zombie rom-com “Life After Beth.” He’ll then take on the role of Harry Osborn, in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

What are their earliest acting memories, and when did they begin to appreciate the art and craft of acting?


Radcliffe: “Before Harry Potter, I played David Copperfield on the BBC. But my only acting experience before that was playing a monkey in the background in our school play, ‘Nellie the Elephant,’ when I was 5.”

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DeHaan: “When I was a kid, I played dress-up all the time, and I started going to a musical theater camp when I was 4. Then I just kept doing those kinds of things, doing everything my community in Pennsylvania had to offer in terms of acting, because it’s just how I always wanted to spend my time.”

Radcliffe: “It was when I was 14, on the third ‘Potter’ film. It was very much to do with the new cast that came in on that film: Gary Oldman, David Thewlis, Timothy Spall. I think the difference was that before when I’d been on set, I’d been a kid. So all the older actors treated me as a kid. Even when I turned 13 and 14, because their first association with me was as a child, they still associated that with me. Whereas, when Gary and David came in, they treated me in a different way, more like a peer than somebody to teach. So being able to talk to them and enjoy their company, and then watch them work and watch them transform, was what really made me think, ‘OK, this is what I want to do.’ ”

DeHaan: “In a lot of communities, musicals are very accessible to kids that want to try acting. But I got to do my first actual play in high school. It was ‘The Crucible,’ and that’s when I thought, ‘Whoa, this is different and this is cool and this is fun. There’s something about this.’ But I think ultimately what I’ve learned is that the craft of acting is very similar to a kid playing pretend, and the power of a kid’s imagination, and trying to maintain that. So in a way, although I didn’t know what I was doing as a kid, that’s still kind of what I try to achieve in my work today.”