Rupert Grint Says That Making The "Harry Potter" Films Felt "Suffocating"

    “In the movies, we merged into one. By the end of it, I was playing myself."

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    Listen, at this point, you've seen Rupert Grint in plenty of things.

    A closeup of Rupert as he walks out of a building while wearing a baseball cap

    This coming weekend, you can see him in theaters courtesy of the new M. Night Shyamalan movie Knock at the Cabin.

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    Rupert also starred in the M. Night–produced Apple TV+ show Servant.

    But, let's face it — you met Rupert through the Harry Potter movies, and so did the entire world.

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    Rupert's been vocal over the years about how he's felt about his time starring in the Harry Potter films — and in a new interview with Bustle, he certainly did not hold back.

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    Rupert described the act of being involved in the Harry Potter films as "so full on," including a yearlong filming process after which "we’d promote the rest of the time."

    Ron peeking out from behind a wall and Harry Potter standing in a doorway behind them

    "It was quite suffocating,” he said.

    Ron looking nervous as he lays in bed under the covers

    Rupert also said that "the lines were blurred" when it came to playing Ron Weasley versus maintaining his own sense of self — and that, whether he likes it or not, Ron has essentially become his "second name."

    “In the movies, we merged into one. By the end of it, I was playing myself,” he said, later stating that “I answer to it, if someone calls me Ron.”

    A preteen Ron holding his pet rat

    Yikes! But Rupert also concedes that the Harry Potter film franchise, at the very least, didn't go on for too long when it came to his own participation.

    “It was an out-of-body experience for a while," he said, "but I think we finished at the right time. If we continued, it could’ve gone downhill."

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    Read the entire interview here.

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