Rupert Grint has “never got used” to the attention surrounding him.
The 25-year-old actor soared to fame after starring in the Harry Potter films as humorous wizard Ron Weasley.
Although he has been in the limelight since he was just 11 years old, Rupert still hasn’t come to terms with his fame.
“It’s so crazy, I’ve never got used to that. I mean, I recognize a few of the faces [of fans]. It’s weird how you kind of become familiar with them but yeah, it’s great!” he mused to BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw. “[What they say to me] varies, it depends what kind of age group they’re from.”
Despite being an international star Rupert has managed to remain grounded. While he does sometimes find himself lost for words in front of certain celebrities, it isn’t the cliché A-listers who have an impact on him. British TV personality Alan Titchmarsh is one of them, who hosted gardening program Ground Force from 1997 to 2005.
“I don’t know, I mean I get starstruck, but it’s always the most random people… Alan Titchmarsh. It was a while ago, I think it was 2007. I remember it very well and I’m not particularly [a fan of] gardening… I’m familiar with his work but I’m not obsessed,” Rupert laughed. “It just really affected me. I couldn’t really talk if I’m honest… There’s something about him. I’ve met other people before and been quite laid back about it. It was the Queen’s 80th birthday and it was in her back garden, there was a BBQ and he gave me a postcard with his signature on it.”
Rupert made headlines a few years ago when he bought an ice cream van. He still has the contraption but admits it’s difficult to take it out without being swarmed by the public after a sweet treat.
“It was actually the first car I ever bought, yeah. [I drove it] for a while but I don’t anymore, I haven’t taken it out for a while. It’s just in the garage,” he added. “The trouble is I used to drive it and people used to queue up expecting ice cream. I can’t park anywhere. Yeah I did [have stock]! I did for a while, it’s got the machine. No [I didn’t charge], all free.”
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