Harry Potter star says his childhood was lost

Tom Felton, 23, who plays Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film franchise – insists the amount of money he was paid does not make up for the experiences he missed. He said: “I feel a real mixture of emotions. There is a little bit of sadness, but at the same time there is excitement. For the past decade we haven’t had much freedom to do other projects. I certainly haven’t had much freedom to keep my own hair color, or lay in the sun, or do anything remotely dangerous like skiing. One thing that people keep on saying to me is that the wealth and the fame must have made up for missing out on my childhood. But the idea of money — putting a price on your childhood — is ridiculous. You will never get those years back and you can’t put a price on them.” Tom also says the experience doesn’t guarantee any future work. “My last audition was when I was 12, but now I have to put myself out there again and it’s not easy. I went to Los Angeles for two weeks to see what it was like, and after my first audition I came out and nearly fainted. My legs were shaking and I needed three glasses of water.”

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  1. L1feless • November 1, 2010 @ 3:36 PM

    A touch dramatic even for an actor. I will say I can understand what he is saying about hair color and freedom though. That being said I would argue that actors in general don’t have a lot of freedom, regardless of the ‘project’ they’re working on. Something else to consider is that with his natural hair color he has a real shot of breaking the audiences association with the character of Drako Malfoy. Some of his co-stars will not have that luxury. Wish him the best of luck I thought he played a good role in the Harry Potter films.

  2. Elizabeth • November 1, 2010 @ 4:40 PM

    Oh get over it, what a whiner! It was not mandatory that he be in every movie, he could have backed out. If his parents forced him into it then it is them that he needs to go back to and blame. But if I recall, he seemed pretty happy at the time to be doing those movies. And if it’s such a burden now, don’t do it again. There are a lot of people so much worse off so suck it up princess.

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