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2011 was a pretty giant year for Daniel Radcliffe -- in addition to starring to wide acclaim on Broadway in 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' he also finished his time as Harry Potter -- but 2012 could be even more important to his career. Radcliffe, who has left 'How to Succeed,' stars onscreen in his first post-'Potter' project, the horror film 'The Woman in Black.' Following that, the 22-year-old actor has some big decisions to make about the types of roles he wants to do in the future. Who will the man formerly known as the Boy Who Lived look to for inspiration? As it turns out, George Clooney.
In a new interview with PARADE, Radcliffe reveals that Clooney and Brad Pitt are actors whose careers he wouldn't mind emulating.
"I now want to make as big a mix of everything as I can, from stage acting to film, and just keep working," he said. "What's lovely is that [my fame] will really help get a small independent film made, because my name carries bankability at the moment, and it will do for a few more years.
"If you look at somebody like Brad Pitt or George Clooney, those are guys who have immense fame and do some very successful commercial films, but they balance it by doing stuff they love, that interests them. Both could have gone down just playing romantic leads for the rest of their careers and made a very nice living. But they wanted to do different stuff. The majority of Clooney's career, acting and directing, is what I look at. If I can achieve half of what he has achieved, I'll be happy."
Radcliffe has previously expressed interest in becoming a director. "I would love to one day definitely get behind the camera and direct. I think that's maybe where I end up," Radcliffe said last year at an event at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. "I'd certainly like to do something in that direction [...] I'd like to make small films, I think."
The wide-ranging PARADE interview with Radcliffe also touches on his personal life ("I hated dating because I'm crap at it!"), his love of poetry and his connection with The Trevor Project, a charity that works to prevent young homosexual men and women from committing suicide.
"I think that any free-thinking person who becomes very wealthy and has strong opinions on things would get involved with something like The Trevor Project or scholarships for schools or whatever. Fame is very useful in directing attention toward those things," he said.
Head over to PARADE to get more on Daniel Radcliffe, from his photos through the years, to insight on what he worries about, to whether he wants to be a father.
[Photo: Jake Chessum for PARADE]
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