Daniel Radcliffe has seen enough of what people say about him online to know that it’s probably best to maintain a buffer between himself and his trolls, so don’t expect to see the actor pop up on Instagram anytime soon.
During an appearance on the First We Feast YouTube series Hot Ones on Thursday, the actor was asked about his distaste for social media confessing that he once considered getting a Twitter account, but is ultimately glad he didn’t cave. “I would love to say there’s some incredibly thought-out, intellectual reason for this because I considered getting a Twitter at one point and I 100% know that if I did, you would all be waking up to stories like, ‘Dan Radcliffe gets into fight with random person on Twitter,’” he explained. “When I was younger, not anymore thank God, I used to look up comments about myself on the internet and read shit like that.”
“That is an insane and bad thing to do,” he continued. “And to me, like Twitter and everything just sort of feels like an extension of that. Unless I’m going to go on to just read all nice things about myself, which also feels like another kind of unhealthy thing to do.” On top of the toll of reading both very kind and very mean messages about himself all day, the actor added, “I don’t honestly think I’m mentally strong enough, but right now I’m kind of all right with that.”
Radcliffe may say that now, but his Harry Potter costar and fellow longtime social media-holdout, Rupert Grint, recently succumbed to the allure of Instagram “only ten years late” in order to post pictures of his very cute new baby and promote season 2 of his Apple Originals show. So, basically, Radcliffe should probably never say never.
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