At last night’s 92nd Street Y event in Manhattan, Daniel Radcliffe addressed the public reaction to his not being nominated for a Tony Award for his starring role in Broadway’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The boy who’s been Harry Potter since he was 11 years old was diplomatic in his conversation with host Jordan Roth, saying that he was flattered to be thought of in the same class as some of the nominated actors. “The thing that shocked me was everybody else’s reaction to me, and how they started treating me — because it was like I lost a relative,” said Radcliffe. “In my opinion, it was sweet, but over the top. People would ask me, ‘Are you OK?’ And I’d go, ‘I’m really OK!’

Fortunately for Radcliffe, he seems to have the proper perspective on the entire matter. “I think I speak for 99 percent of actors when I say that the reason we do this job, while it’s lovely to get recognized by your peers, it’s not the reason why we do it,” said Radcliffe. “The people that do this job for awards and recognition are kind of worshiping at the wrong altar, and I’m not really quite sure if I want to know those people.”

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