Daniel Radcliffe knows a thing or two about signing on for a major blockbuster franchise. The Harry Potter star’s biggest advice to those following a similar path, including the young actors from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is to enjoy it.
Radcliffe, who starred in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at 11, was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week. Entertainment Tonight caught up with the actor, now 26, and asked what advice he would give to folks like Daisy Ridley and John Boyega coming into a franchise of a similar capacity.
“Just enjoy it,” he said. “There’s some weird thing that I think people feel about franchises, where they’re like, ‘You do that so you can do other cool work.’ — franchises are fun! You get to do stuff in franchises that you don’t get to do when you’re doing little indie movies. You get to do stunt sequences and crazy action stuff. It’s a lot of fun!”
Ridley and Boyega, both 23, star as two of the main characters in The Force Awakens, which also features the return of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, among others. Soon they will start work on Episode VIII, directed by Rian Johnson, and are expected to come back for Episode IX for director Colin Trevorrow.
The Force Awakens hits theaters on Dec. 18.