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Daniel Radcliffe has devoted most of his life to acting. He had a couple of earlier roles, but Radcliffe became a household name once the Harry Potter series started. Most movies often portray love as a fairytale story, but real life isn’t always like the movies. Except it was for Radcliffe, whose real-life romantic moment involved one-time co-star Ben Foster.

Daniel Radcliffe at the 2012 BAFTA Awards; Ben Foster attends the U.K. premiere of 'Rampart.' Radcliffe's real-life romantic moment with his girlfriend happened because of Foster.
(l-r) Daniel Radcliffe; Ben Foster | Carl Court/AFP via Getty Images; Dave M. Benett/Getty Images

One of Daniel Radcliffe’s favorite movies is a Ben Foster teen comedy

Radcliffe once revealed he has two favorite movies that share the mantle. One is David Niven’s 1946 film Stairway to Heaven, which co-stars Kim Hunter and includes Sir Richard Attenborough in the cast. 

Fast-forward 55 years, and you have another of Radcliffe’s favorite movies — Get Over It — one that features some of his contemporaries — Foster, Kirsten Dunst, Mila Kunis, Colin Hanks — among a strong ensemble cast. Martin Short, Zoe Saldana, Swoosie Kurtz, and Ed Begley Jr. are also part of the cast.

Radcliffe and Foster had a chance to work together soon after he left the wizarding world in 2011.

Radcliffe and Foster made ‘Kill Your Darlings’ together

Radcliffe always planned for his post-Harry Potter career to be filled with roles that appealed to him personally. Having spent a decade as the lead in a blockbuster franchise, Radcliffe wanted to take parts that satisfied his creative side.

His second post-Potter movie was 2013’s Kill Your Darlings, in which he plays Allen Ginsberg. Foster also appeared as Willam S. Burroughs in the film, which is the based-on-real-events version of a 1944 murder in New York City that brought famous beat generation poets in its orbit.

Sharing the set and screen with Foster was a dream come true for Radcliffe — and it also spawned his real-life romantic moment.

Radcliffe and his girlfriend had a real-life romantic moment as they bonded over their love of Foster’s teen comedy

Before filming started for Kill Your Darlings, the cast and crew gathered for a meet-and-greet. Radcliffe got a chance to talk about Get Over It with Foster, but he wasn’t the only one itching to do so.

Erin Darke, who plays Gwendolyn in Kill Your Darlings, was also waiting in the wings to tell Foster about her love for Get Over It. Radcliffe and Darke got to talking about their shared passion, and it was real-life romance from the get-go:

“The moment I met my girlfriend and we both realized and we fell in love with each other through our mutual conversation about the 2000s teen comedy Get Over It, which no one has really seen,” Radcliffe said when asked about his favorite real-life romantic moment during a 2022 appearance with England’s Capital FM (via YouTube).

“There was another actor in it called Ben Foster, who is an amazing and very intense actor. But he was in Get Over It, and that’s all I could think about because I love that movie so much. But Erin was there, and we were having a moment. She was like, ‘I can’t believe Ben Foster from Get Over It is here,’ and I was like, ‘Me too!’ It’s not the height of romance, but that’s what comes to mind.”

Daniel Radcliffe on how Ben Foster spawned a real-life romantic moment

Kill Your Darlings remains the one project Radcliffe and Darke have worked on together. If not for both of them wanting to talk to Foster about Get Over It, they might never have had their real-life romantic moment.

Radcliffe adds to his list of movies with ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story’

Radcliffe played Harry Potter in eight movies. Since then, he’s been a flatulent corpse (Swiss Army Man), an assistant to a mad scientist (Victor Frankenstein), and twice a rich, eccentric villain (Now You See Me 2; The Lost City).


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He’ll tackle another “Weird” role when he plays the title character in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. In addition to Radcliffe playing Weird Al, we know a few other details about the upcoming biopic.

Yankovic produced and wrote the screenplay alongside director Eric Appel. Funny or Die, The Roku Channel, and Tango Entertainment are the production companies, per IMDb. Evan Rachel Wood (as Madonna), Julianne Nicholson (Mary Yankovic), and Rainn Wilson (Dr. Demento) star opposite Radcliffe’s Weird Al.

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