Tom Felton: Harry Potter's villain vindicates
Being a villain is not easy as Harry Potter foil Tom Felton can attest to with his longtime portrayal of the perhaps misunderstood Draco Malfoy.
Tom Felton already has another film coming at audiences after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 debuts -- August finds him starring in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. But, on this day, Felton is all about Harry Potter -- its place in history and for him personally.
Tom Felton: Devilish Draco
SheKnows: At the end of the film, the audience meets Draco's wife. Now, she is someone you know quite well...
Tom Felton: Sure, the lovely Jade (Olivia, a stunt assistant on the film). Jade is actually my real girlfriend and has been for three-and-a-half years. It was a lot of fun onscreen to play hubby and wife for a bit and have a kid for three days. Three days is a good amount of time [laughs]. It's perfect because, by the end of it, it's like, "See you later."
SheKnows: How do you think you looked as an older gentleman?
Tom Felton: Shocking! I mean, come on, they prepared for months. They wanted pictures of my dad and my brothers and did loads and loads of endless tests. I think it was a message to kids to say that crime doesn't pay and that anyone with a goatee mustn't be trusted. It was one of the final scenes that I shot so it was a nice way of finishing off for me. It was kind of like my life flashing before my eyes but it was a nice way to wrap up.
SheKnows: You grew up in front of audiences' eyes. Many teens have embarrassing moments left and right -- was there one for you that stands out?
Tom Felton: Oh, there's a handful. Where do I start? Yeah, the most embarrassing thing for an actor is when you are surrounded by other actors you look up to, and [you're] messing up your lines. There was one time that I did it very noticeably. I guess it was the second film, there was a nice closing line for Draco towards the end of it and I couldn't get it out for love or money. I don't know what it was. I actually started crying [laughs]. Chris Columbus, the director was the ultimate director for kids and he really knows how to talk to them, said, "It's fine. It's fine. We got it. It's in the can. It's gonna be in the movie." They cut it out at the last minute but I learned very quickly from that [laughs].
Fans' reaction to his villainous ways
SheKnows: Since you are such a villain, have children had difficulty when they see you in person?
Tom Felton: We have hundreds of kids and adults doing tours around the Harry Potter set and actually no seven and unders wanted to have anything to do with me which was, at first, a little worrying. They always get excited when they'd meet Daniel, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson and then hide behind their parents' legs when it comes to me. I probably lay it on too thick. I'm ultra-friendly. I like to take it as a compliment over the years that minors were pretty terrified of me. No one has shouted abuse at supermarkets yet [laughs].
SheKnows: What are your thoughts as the final film is released?
Tom Felton: I'm really intrigued to see what fans make of the final film. They've been waiting for this a long time. I feel like this is the reason we made the last seven films so we could get to this final chapter. Obviously all good things come to an end and we're just excited to end on a high note. Personally, it's a nerve-wracking but equally exciting time. I don't know what's around the corner so that's always something fun.
Tom Felton: Music and more
SheKnows: Now that the series is over, will you pursue your music more?
Tom Felton: Not really. I don't want to turn music into some kind of career. I think it will suck the life and passion out of it if I do that. It's always something I've done to kill time, especially when I'm waiting for scenes to be set up and things like that. I want to keep it that way. It's something I'm very passionate about and I hope to help other young musicians somewhere along the line but me personally, I don't plan on doing anything with that.
SheKnows: Have you seen Daniel Radcliffe on Broadway yet?
Tom Felton: I was very lucky to finally see Daniel's show last night. For those who haven't seen it, it's unbelievable -- very strange seeing him up there after 10 years seeing him as Harry. He does an unbelievable job.