The Harry Potter series transformed Rupert Grint into a household name and also earned him an estimated $24million, but whilst we’re almost always hearing from Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson these days, you don’t hear much from Grint. What has he been up to since the series finished?
The answer will almost certainly surprise you. I swear to God this is true and all taken from an interview he did with the Daily Mail in 2014:
I was the first of the Potter actors to learn to drive. I passed my test at the second time of trying. On the set, there’d always be a lot of talk about cars among the cast, although Daniel Radcliffe never joined in. He’s never been into cars at all.
My first ambition was to become an ice-cream man, which is why I bought the Bedford van. Not long after I first got it, I pulled into a pub to do a U-turn and there were eight kids with their pocket money out, hoping to buy a 99 or whatever. But I had nothing to give them. I’ve learnt my lesson since then.
I keep my van well stocked. It’s got a proper machine that dispenses Mr Whippy ice cream and I buy my lollies wholesale — 50 for a tenner — so I never run short. I’m not allowed to sell my merchandise. I’d need a licence for that.
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I tend to avoid July and August, but the rest of the year I’ll drive around the local villages and if I see some kids looking like they’re in need of ice creams, I’ll pull over and dish them out for free. They’ll say, “Ain’t you Ron Weasley?” And I’ll say, “It’s strange, I get asked that a lot.”
The van often comes in useful. I drove it up to the set on the last day of filming on Harry Potter. The cast and crew were having a barbecue and I supplied the lollies and ice creams.
I mean what? I can’t decide if this makes him completely insane, completely cool, or on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Probably some combination of all three. I would never, ever have expected him to do that but I suppose it’s kind of cool that he’s living out his first ever ambition, right?
I suppose it’s better than admitting that you masturbated incessantly during the Harry Potter era, which is all Daniel Radcliffe seems to have done recently except make crappy movies.