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Kidsday interviews actor Rupert Grint

Kidsday reporters, from left, Niko Martinovic, Jackie Falino,

Kidsday reporters, from left, Niko Martinovic, Jackie Falino, Mary Kate Guma and Connor Sivacek with "Harry Potter" actor Rupert Grint Credit: NEWSDAY/Pat Mullooly

We met actor Rupert Grint when he was in Manhattan recently. We think he is a good actor and we really liked him as Ron Weasley in the “Harry Potter” movie series. His next movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” should be out in July.

How did you get the role of Ron Weasley, Is it true that you had to rap?

Yeah it is. I made a video. A lot of my friends were fans of books and there was a TV show that was appealing for kids our age, that were fans of the book to send in stuff. I sent in a video, I did like a rap. Just telling everyone how much I want to be in this films and stuff. I got an audition and just started from there.
Ron has the best sense of humor in all of the movies and actually gets some really great lines. What part of your personality do you think the script writers have captured in writing Ron’s words?

Over the years I hope we kind of emerged to the same person. I use to say wicked all the time, that’s kind of my word and suddenly it kind of started appearing in the script. It kind of does move over to real life.
We heard you’re afraid of spiders. What is the scariest thing that ever happened to you?

Spider wise? Every day I get scared of spiders. I have to check my shoes every day, check the sheets in bed. It’s something I’ve kind of lived with for a long time.
Do you think it would have been easier for you to film the movies quickly back to back rather than having a year or two pass between them?

Yeah, we actually filmed both parts as one film. We just kind of mixed them all together and it just felt like a big long film and they were just going to release them as two. It was quite confusing doing two parts. It was fun.
We read where you enjoy race car driving and your dad was a rally driver. How did that influence you to the race car driving. Did it at all?

It did. Everyone in my family is kind of in the car industry in some way. My brother is a rally driver now. I’ve always been a big car fan as well.
What is the best part of the sport that you like?

Of racing? I use to go cart with my brother and I’m quite competitive as well. I just love to speed.
What was it like knowing "Harry Potter" was going to end because you were doing this for such a long time. What kind of emotions did you feel?

It was really sad. Because I kind of grown up with these people. It’s been a long time. It’s been half my life for it to come down. It was a real random scene that ended up to be the last one we did. Just jumping through a fireplace. It was really emotional, we all cried actually. I was quite surprised at that.

If you’re not portraying Ron in the films what other character would you like to be?

In "Harry Potter" — I don’t know there’s so many good characters. I always like Snape. He was always quite cool. Anyone on the darker side.
Have you ever kept any props from any of the movies?
Kept, probably stole is a better word.
What ways has the “Harry Potter” experience changed your life?
It really has. My life before was quite ordinary. Just went to school and nothing really happened and now I’m in New York talking about the seventh film. And it’s been amazing kind of journey. America I suppose has been the biggest change. I’ve never been visible. It’s fun.
We know your favorite sports is soccer and I  play soccer as well. What is your favorite soccer team in the world?
The Spurs .
When you’re not filming, what is your favorite thing to do?
I draw a lot and paint, music, football.
What motivated you to buy an ice cream truck? We heard that you have one.
I do. Something I always wanted. The just love the music and I actually brought it up the last day of film and me and Emma served ice cream.
We read that you know how to ride a unicycle. How did you learn to?
It was a lot of falling off. It was a difficult thing to do. I haven’t done it in awhile. Just got obsessed with it. Just determined to kind of peddle on. I taught myself. I just kind of keeping your back straight.

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