Daniel Radcliffe grew up in the public eye — along with all his Harry Potter costars. So, the star has been baffled as to why people don’t think he could be a sex symbol.
Radcliffe has been getting some puzzling questions lately during interviews and he just wants to know why people think of him differently than some of his childhood costars.
“Around the time of What If, the rom com, a lot of people were saying, ‘You’re a really unconventional romantic lead,'” he said, according to Us Weekly. “Eventually I got bored of hearing that, so I kind of picked someone up on that, so I was like, ‘What about me is unconventional? Tell me.’ She said, ‘Well, I think it’s probably the fact that we associated you with playing Harry as a young boy for so long.'”
But Radcliffe sees it differently. He said, “The male population has had no problem sexualizing Emma Watson immediately.”
Watson said she has dealt with being sexualized since an early age and she gave a speech at the United Nations in September, explaining how women are treated across the world.
But for Radcliffe, he said he has seen discrimination in his career mostly because he is known as Harry Potter — and that is a difficult thing to get past.
“People seem to think that everything I’m doing is a comment on Harry Potter, which it’s not,” he told the AP. “The thing I do find frustrating sometimes is that some people seem to think that by wanting to do other things, it somehow means that I’m not proud of Harry Potter, which is ludicrous.”