Rupert Grint reveals the life of a child actor gone right: wife, kid, horror projects

Christie D’Zurilla, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

Rupert Grint is a former child actor who doesn’t behave like a former child actor. That’s according to M. Night Shyamalan, director of “Knock at the Cabin,” Grint’s first feature film project in eight years.

“I’ve said this to him: He shouldn’t exist,” Shyamalan told Bustle in an interview published Monday. “A child actor part of an almost religious IP.”

The redheaded tween and then teen who played Ron Weasley in the “Harry Potter” franchise has a sense of how rare his story might be.

“I’ve always felt there was this expectation for us to go off the rails, follow the child star stereotype,” Grint said in the interview. “That’s always been something to fight against.”

According to Shyamalan — also executive producer and director of four episodes of Grint’s AppleTV+ series “Servant” — the fight is going well.

“He’s kind to everybody,” the filmmaker says. “He’s always on time. He’s super professional. It comes effortlessly to him. He’s just an unusual human being in every way. He’s truly become a wonderful actor.”


So instead of a drug problem, a mental-health crisis and a criminal record, Grint has a wife, a 2-year-old daughter and a slate of crafty hobbies he expects will keep him busy outside of the “one or two” acting projects he told GQ UK he hopes to do each year.

But after the “Harry Potter” actors wrapped work on the final films in the franchise, Grint initially didn’t have a plan for what to do next.

“I couldn’t see an obvious next step, so I just did anything in front of me,” he told GQ UK in another interview published Monday. “I just wanted to get the passion back.”

(That was after he also got some rest, having told The Los Angeles Times in 2010, “The last films have been quite exhausting. It was over a year in production. It was really full on.”)


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