Man Candy Mondays: Daniel Radcliffe
He's capitvated our imaginations and our hearts as boy wizard Harry Potter for 10 years, but now Daniel Radcliffe is all grown up — and super-cute to boot. This young thinking woman's hunk digs the theater, books, and social justice issues. We love it when a man can talk nerdy to us!
Born: July 23, 1989
Hometown: London, England
He brought our favorite novels to life
Exhibiting a perfect balance of strength and vulnerability, only Radcliffe could have played Harry as well as he did. But be forewarned: When you see him as the young wizard in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in July, it'll be the last time.
Daniel just told the L.A. Times that he will not be reprising the role (despite rumblings of a mysterious forthcoming "Pottermore" project): "[o]h, I don't know, the idea of going back to something after 10 or 20 years? At that point, I will have worked 20 years to establish a career outside of it, and at that point to go back to it would feel a little self-defeating."
His next film project is 2012's The Woman in Black, a supernatural thriller in which he plays a lawyer. Lawyer or wizard, we love you either way, Daniel!
He's a theater geek
One of Daniel's first non-Potter projects was a turn in the play Equus, in which he appeared nude. (Um, no complaints here!) He's currently flexing his acting, singing, and dancing muscles starring opposite John Larroquette in Broadway's How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
He works to help teens
Daniel has done extensive work with the Trevor Project, a suicide-prevention nonprofit that aims to help lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth.
The organization bestowed the Hero Award on him this year.
Daniel Radcliffe's Relationship Status:
Due to his boyish good looks and his work with the gay community, Radcliffe has battled rumors that he's homosexual, but that's not the case, he says: "If people want to say that, they can," he told MTV News. "But I'm not. I'm straight." Radcliffe confirmed to USA TODAY a few months ago that he has a girlfriend, but won't spill who she is "not so much for my sake as for hers." How chivalrous! Most people say the mystery woman is 19-year-old Olive Uniacke, stepdaughter of David Heyman, producer of the Harry Potter films.
Nice work, Olive!