I loved the idea of how a lie can spin com­pletely out of con­trol, be­come im­pos­si­ble to keep up

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the path from teenager to adult, but he seems as grounded as a per­son can be un­der the cir­cum­stances. He is re­fresh­ingly hon­est about the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“To have been in­volved in Harry Pot­ter’s adult en­vi­ron­ment at such a young age — that was a strange pe­riod of my life,” he dis­closes. “I don’t have the same in­de­pen­dence as a nor­mal 29-year-old would have, and that’s al­ways made me feel slightly younger than I am. In that sense, I can re­late to Daniel Glass’s char­ac­ter — he strug­gles with grow­ing up and fac­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

Hav­ing said that, Grint ami­ably ad­mits to be­ing a fully func­tion­ing adult. “Yes! I’ve come a long way.”

Yet, as he has ad­mit­ted, Ron Weasley is semi-im­printed on to his per­sona. Even now, al­most seven years since the fi­nal HP movie, he can­not walk down a street in most cities of the world with­out be­ing nabbed for a selfie.

“It’s a daily thing,” he says with a mix­ture of weari­ness and ac­cep­tance. “I had thought it would de­cline be­cause the years have gone by, but new gen­er­a­tions of kids read the books and see the movies, so it’s con­stant.

“Ev­ery­one is re­ally nice, of course, but it’s some­thing I’ve al­ways been ac­cus­tomed to from a young age. It isn’t too ob­tru­sive, but some­times you just want to dis­ap­pear.”

You’d need to be a ma­gi­cian for that to hap­pen, Ru­pert. Oh, hold on…

Sick Note starts on Sky At­lantic on Novem­ber 8

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