Now that ‘Harry Potter’ has wrapped for good, HollywoodLife.com consulted with a leading career strategist, who advises Emma, Daniel and Rupert on their next moves in Hollywood! Where do YOU want to see them on the big screen?
Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe have been playing their unforgettable roles in the Harry Potter films for 10 years, and it’s almost impossible to imagine them doing anything else! However, instead of trying to break free from their Potter characters (as some might suggest), leading career strategist Dr. Philip Dembo of CoachingLifeStrategies.com says they should proceed with their next projects slowly and ease audiences into the “new” them.
“I would advise the actors from the Harry Potter series to take what they have learned and utilize it to recreate and redefine themselves, rather than try and prove that they are not that character anymore. In other words, Daniel, Emma, and Rupert, the main three stars of Harry Potter have to pace themselves and not jump into some role that is the complete opposite of how we see them. This will work against them, ” Dr. Dembo explains.
Unfortunately for Daniel, Dr. Dembo doesn’t see him landing tons of leading man roles in Hollywood.
“It would be a wise decision for Daniel to do more theater, maybe some television and show us more of his skills and versatility,” he says. “He will have a tough time being cast as a leading man, because he doesn’t have the height or the looks, so he should concentrate on different character roles.”
That doesn’t mean all hope is lost for the 5’5″ actor.”Daniel has been smart all along, doing theater work and showing us different sides to himself. This is what makes great actors,” Dr. Dembo says, adding, “Take for example, Jodie Foster she was a child actor and was known for all those movies she did as a kid. She kind of disappeared, went to Yale and then reemerged as this beautiful leading lady.”
Dr. Dembo does think Daniel, 21, acted wisely by opening up about his struggles with alcohol. “It helps people see him as an real person who has real problems instead of just the Harry Potter character. This was perfect timing because not only is it healing for him to own his struggles, it shows that he is human and people can relate to that,” he explains.
Meanwhile, Dr. Dembo sees Emma continuing on with an impressive film career — but only if she treads carefully.
“For Emma I would advise her to do a Disney PG or PG13 movie rather than doing a movie where she gets half naked with Ashton Kutcher,” he explains. ”You have to pace it out, it’s difficult for people not to see you as that original character you are known for. And if you don’t pace yourself or choose the roles carefully, people will always see you as that original character.”
Luckily, Emma has already wrapped a project that perfectly fits Dr. Dembo’s description — The Perks of Being a Wallflower — in which she plays a high schooler who’s eclectic and loves to party.
Ultimately, we’ll never see Emma or Daniel without thinking of Harry Potter — but we’re sure they’ll have amazing careers from here on out, don’t you? Sound off below!