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For Rupert Grint, Filming Harry Potter Wasn’t Always a Magical Experience

By | March 9, 2021

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Rupert Grint had some of his best experiences while portraying Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter film series, but that isn’t to say that every moment was magical. During an interview on the Armchair Expert podcast on March 8, Grint spoke with Dax Shepard about some of the more “suffocating” moments in his 10 years as the character. “There was a time where it felt quite suffocating because it was heavy going, because it was every day for 10 years in the end,” Grint said. “It was a great experience, such a nice kind of family atmosphere. It was always the same crew we kind of grew up with, so it was a great place to be. But sometimes it definitely felt like, ‘I want to do something else, see what else is out there.'”

At the time Grint was cast as Ron, around 2001, only four books had been published and two movies had been planned. “It just never ended,” he said. “Every year, we came back. And it was kind of like Groundhog Day because it was the same sets. It was the same people. But it was great. I loved it.” If you’re wondering whether he’s relived his Weasley days, Grint’s actually only seen most of the movies once. “It still feels too soon really. I can’t detach myself fully. I can’t face it,” he said. “I’ve got a very different perspective of it now that a long time has passed. I can appreciate what a feat it was.”

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He’ll likely rewatch the films with his daughter, but for now, it’s not something he enjoys. “It wasn’t like it was a bad experience. It made me so conscious of my face of, like, what I’m doing . . . I like being in the moment and creating it and then just leaving it,” Grint said. He also has one major regret when it comes to the series. “My hair in film four is one of my biggest regrets,” he revealed. “I think everyone actually had a phase of having this really long hair. They liked it – it was kind of wizardy. We went through our puberty on camera.”

Being a part of such a major series also made it difficult for Grint to be a “normal person.” “I’m quite a shy, private person and suddenly to be put in that world it was overwhelming for sure,” he divulged. “You can never quite relax, because I guess you are kind of this role-model figure. It’s hugely important to these fans. It didn’t really stop me from having fun, but it was always kind of a bit of a shadow.” Since the end of Harry Potter in 2011, Grint’s kept busy with roles like Cheetah Chrome in CBGB, Jonny in Moonwalkers, Daniel Glass on Sick Note, and Julian Pearce on Apple TV+’s Servant.

Servant Is the Weirdest Show on TV – You Should Watch It

By | January 20, 2021

Apple TV+ is best known for being the home of The Morning Show and Ted Lasso, but the streamer also houses the most unabashedly weird show on television. That show is Servant, and you should definitely watch it. Granted, you’ll spend most of each episode confused, horrified, and flummoxed by the events unfolding in front of you, but that’s all part of its (dark) magic.

In a nutshell, Servant is about a couple, Dorothy (Lauren Ambrose) and Sean (Toby Kebbell), struggling to cope after the death of their infant son, Jericho. Sadly, Dorothy doesn’t accept that her son is dead, and at the start of the series, she’s clinging to a reborn doll to get her through her grief. However, her family believes the only way for Dorothy to move forward is for her to return to work in the hope that she might begin to accept the fact that Jericho is gone. Enter Leanne (Nell Tiger Free), a sheltered young nanny hired to placate Dorothy and “care” for the doll while she’s at work.

While Sean and Dorothy’s brother Julian (Rupert Grint) fully expect Leanne to freak out when she realizes she’s being asked to tend to a doll, she just rolls with it. By the end of the first episode we find out why: Jericho the doll has been replaced by a real baby, and Leanne behaves as if nothing strange has happened at all. Is the baby actually Leanne’s? Did she bring Jericho back to life somehow? Is the entire household suffering from the same delusion? Those are just the questions you’ll be left pondering after the first episode’s final scene – things don’t get really wild until episode two.

Before you decide to watch Servant, you should know that it could be triggering for anyone who has experienced the loss of a pregnancy or a child. The episode in which Jericho’s fate is revealed is particularly heartbreaking, and it’s also the only episode in season one without any sort of potential supernatural strangeness going on. It’s just a painful half-hour of television with a standout performance from Ambrose.

But the rest of the series is just absolutely bonkers. Here are a few things that happen in season one, without context: Sean randomly begins pulling giant splinters from his body (including his throat), an entire party full of people are fed human placenta without their knowledge, and, at one point, Grint’s Julian walks through his sister’s opulent brownstone banging a pot and screaming “Baby!” as loud as he can in a scene that manages to be both unsettling and hilarious, as is Servant‘s way. Add in a man sleeping in a crib, an actual cult that just pops over to visit Leanne, and enough grotesque shots of foods to put you off snacks for good – seriously, do not watch this show while you’re eating dinner – and you have some small idea of what you’re in for.

Ultimately, watching Servant is an experience, and I mean that in every sense of the word. Writer and creator Tony Basgallop excels at crafting a general feeling of unease. From the music to the dim lighting and the claustrophobic setting of the Brownstone, once you enter the show’s universe it’s impossible to know whether the events unfolding in front of you are happening for real or if it’s all just a long con being played by an opportunistic nanny preying on a vulnerable family. And as strange as it may sound, that’s all part of the show’s appeal.

Servant is great in part because it serves up so many questions for the audience to ponder. Will those questions ever be answered in a satisfying manner? Years of watching puzzle-box shows like Lost and Game of Thrones suggest that they won’t be, but that’s hardly the point. This supremely weird show packs mysteries inside mysteries and is full of ominous Biblical references destined to keep you up at night. I feel absolutely confident in saying there’s nothing else like it on TV – and that’s exactly why you need to check it out (just, please, for your own sake, don’t forget to heed my warning about eating food while watching Servant – even croquembouches aren’t safe from chef Sean).