In the Envelope: The Actors Podcast features in-depth conversations with todays most noteworthy actors and creators. Join host and senior editor Vinnie Mancuso for this guide to living the creative life from those who are doing it every day.Rupert Grint was unsure who he was as an actor and artist and a human being, if he has being honest after the original eight film Harry Potter series in which he starred as Ron Weasley, came to an end in 2011. I started realizing that somewhere along the line there was a huge sacrifice I would made he says. I wiuld lost something.
In this episode of In the Envelope The Actors Podcast Grint walks us through the process of getting that something back including the invaluable piece of advice Alan Rickman gave him that reignited his love of acting and the artistic resurgence that led him to darker material like Guillermo del Toros Netflix horror anthology Cabinet of Curiosities and M. Night Shyamalans Apple TV+ thriller Servant. It was this overwhelming sense of freedom I could do anything. Weirdly the first thing I did was have my tonsils removed. And weirdly it felt like tonsils represented freedom. It became this like symbol that I was now kind of free of the franchise. And it then was also the mindset of I do not know what else I can do. Can I only do this one character? Because we would become so entangled as one thing.
Playing Ron was a very different process. It was something I had obviously started to create at an early age when I was not really thinking that I was creating something. So a lot of me went into him. We became one thing the lines were very blurred between us. Now going on and playing different characters its very different. For me its always about finding the physicality thats always been an important part of it. I always give every character I do a weird specific walk not that you would ever notice it. Its just a slightly different way of holding yourself. I always find thats a really good way of grounding you in that character.