Why Rupert Grint Is Staying Away from Hollywood

Do you remember Rupert Grint? He's the guy who played Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter fans can certainly recall his name, but everyone else will probably have a problem with it. The thing is, his role in Harry Potter was the biggest one yet for the actor. Although Grint’s performance was perfect, he never managed to replicate his success. 


What happened to him? What unexpected career path did Rupert Grint want to pursue when he was a child? Why can’t he watch Harry Potter past the third film? And what almost made him quit acting after the franchise was over? Find out all the answers in this article!

Image Credits: Getty Images/Michael Loccisano/Rupert Grint attends the world premiere of Apple TV+'s "Servant" at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on November 19, 2019 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City


Born in Essex, Grint comes from a huge family. He is the eldest of five siblings. Unlike Ron Weasley, whom we all know and love, Rupert was a well-behaved child, and he never caused any trouble for his parents or school teachers.

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The actor once recalled,

Probably the worst thing I did was steal a hairbrush and a Billy Goats Gruff book from a local shop.

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I bet his parents were happy to have such a well-behaved son! At school, Grint gained a lot of attention due to his mop of unruly red hair. His nickname was Ginge, which is short for ginger, and his great-grandfather lovingly called him Copper Knob. Who knew that this exact mop would bring Rupert the role of a lifetime!

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His dream was to… become an ice-cream man! Grint once explained that it “always seemed like a really cool job.” Well, it probably is because you get to eat so much ice-cream on a daily basis! But life had other plans for Rupert, and he soon followed his actual calling. 

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At school, he took an avid interest in acting and had a lot of roles in school plays. Among others, he played a fish in Noah’s Ark and a donkey in another play. I’m sure that they were hilarious! But he never studied acting or even acted professionally… when he landed the role we all know him for.


So, it’s no wonder that as soon as he learned that there was going to be a movie about the young wizard, he just knew that he had to be in it. And he knew that the best role for him would be the protagonist’s best friend, Ron. After all, he also had his mop of hair going for him!! 

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So to get the role, Rupert sent in an application. But when he didn't hear back, he decided that it was time to make one more attempt and show how talented and creative he was. He sent in a video, where he… rapped about how much he wanted to get the role! The actor later elaborated on how unique his video was.

The actor shared,

My video was in three parts. There was a rap about myself; I dressed up as a woman and did a little sketch in the character of my drama teacher, then I read some Ron Weasley dialogue.

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I’m pretty sure that when J.K. Rowling and the casting crew saw the tape, they realized that they didn’t have to look for a better actor for Ron! That’s how ten-year-old Rupert Grint landed the role that became the envy of redheads all over the world. And then… the magic began! Rupert’s first day on set was fantastic and literally magical. 

“Walking into the Great Hall for the first time was absolutely incredible,” the young actor recalled. Just imagine this picture for yourself: candles floating in the air, delicious food on the tables, everything is lit… “It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Rupert said. 

And it was only the beginning because when the first movie came out, it was a huge hit, breaking box-office records. Rupert instantly became the star of his school. He even recalled how he came back to school after filming the first movie, and everyone cheered and clapped as he walked in.

The actor said that it was the strangest moment ever for him! And how would you react if you were him? The franchise brought Rupert Grint fame, money, awards, and, of course, new friends. The guy was living the dream!

Image Credits: ImageDirect via Getty Images / Kevin Winter | Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Rupert Grint at the Los Angeles premiere of " Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" at the Village Theatre, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002


Starring in one of the most monumental film series had its difficulties. And as the actor confessed to The Guardian, there were times when he even thought about leaving the franchise.

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“Filming Harry Potter was a massive sacrifice,” Grint said, “working from such a young age for such long periods and I definitely remember thinking during one extended break, ‘This whole thing is so all consuming, do I really want to go back?’” 

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And when the franchise got to the third or fourth movie, things started changing for Rupert. Instead of feeling all the magic, he began seeing the vast responsibility that came from the immense success of the films. “The whole press and red carpet thing was an attack on the senses. I don’t excel in that kind of environment,” the actor admitted.

Image Credits: ImageDirect via Getty Images / Kevin Winter | Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Rupert Grint at the Los Angeles premiere of " Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" at the Village Theatre, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002

What’s more, at some point, it became difficult for Rupert to separate himself from Ron because the line between the actor and his character became so thin. It got so hard for Rupert that even now he refuses to watch the franchise past the third film. 

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Plus, when Grint’s popularity was at its peak, he also felt like people were expecting something from him. Like, to get involved in a massive scandal or something else that is so typical of Hollywood teenagers. But it wasn’t going to happen.

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“We filmed the whole thing in this very intense bubble in Watford not Hollywood, so we didn’t have the chance to discover drugs or anything like that,” Rupert said. So, it seems like for the audience that’s so used to the scandalous stories that involve tumultuous affairs, and rock-n-roll, he was too dull in a way.

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While Grint’s former colleagues, Daniel Radcliffe, and Emma Watson, went on to play a variety of roles in blockbusters and successful Hollywood movies, Rupert took up a different path. Well, in fact, initially, he didn’t want to take any path in acting. As he explained it, he never really wanted to be a famous actor.

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He said,

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.

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So when the franchise ended, Rupert had to ask himself whether acting was something that he wanted to do or not. But eventually, he realized that it was his calling, and he kept on appearing here and there. He even did a few movies while he was still portraying Ron Weasley. 

Among other films, he appeared in a comedy Thunderpants and a coming-of-age tale Driving Lessons, which he called his first grown-up film. And after the franchise ended, Rupert continued acting. He landed roles in movies, played on the stage, and also found himself on TV like the 2017 show, Crackle. 

The actor is currently starring in a British black comedy TV series Sick Note alongside Nick Frost. And he’s also one of the main stars in a psychological horror series, Servant that received quite favorable reviews from the critics. Both of the shows were renewed for second seasons.

Image Credits: WireImage via Getty Images / Gary Gershoff | Actor Rupert Grint attends Apple TV+'s "Servant" World Premiere at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on November 19, 2019 in New York City