In a plain blue-gray hoodie, T-shirt, and cap pulled low, Radcliffe is dressed in what has become his standard garb—it’s the closest thing he’s found to an invisibility cloak for traversing his hometown incognito. “This is me, every day,” he says, pulling at the hoodie—“until it gets dirty, and then a red one.” Sombreros are great for hiding one’s identity, he jokes, “but then people will say, ‘Who is that guy in the sombrero?’ So that’s a problem.” He is, however, adventurous when it comes to socks—most of which his girlfriend, actress Erin Darke, buys for him. Today’s pair features a stripper dancing on a pole with money falling down around her. His favorite, though, is a pair of socks with socks on them.
It goes without saying that the main reason Radcliffe has to hide is because of the one thing nearly everybody knows about him: That prior to adding roles in The Woman in Black, Kill Your Darlings, Equus, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying to his CV, he played Harry Potter for eight films and a decade of his life. Of course, the boy wizard will always be a part of him, and he fully recognizes the impact it’s had on his career, but Radcliffe does admit that it feels nice to be recognized as “Daniel” first—as opposed to “Harry”—in places like New York, where he’s had some success on Broadway in recent years.