How Daniel Radcliffe and Girlfriend Erin Darke Are Spending Quarantine

Daniel Radcliffe was a guest on The Last Show with Stephen Colbert on March 31. He participated in a video chat interview with Colbert while both were at home. Radcliffe is staying at home with his girlfriend, Erin Darke. He shared how they are keeping busy. Radcliffe stars on Miracle Workers, which is now streaming on the TBS app. 

Daniel Radcliffe had a mandatory two week quarantine

Even if there were not stay at home orders in many cities, Radcliffe would have had to self-quarantine for two weeks. He was on an international flight, which now carries with it mandatory quarantine orders.

“I got in from Europe,” Radcliffe explained. “I was doing a play in London which obviously, [was] among many plays that closed early. My girlfriend is here and I was just like very, very concerned to get back to her through all this and not be [apart]. So I got on what I think was one of the last flights out before they shut down all the flights. This is day 11 of 14 of not leaving the house.”

Erin Darke and Daniel Radcliffe
Erin Darke and Daniel Radcliffe | Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic

Radcliffe did not contract COVID-19, contrary to a hoax that went around three weeks ago.

“I just went into hair and makeup before I was doing the play,” Radcliffe said. “The makeup artist said to me, ‘You’ve got coronavirus.’ He had got a text from his niece, very much like a warning text, you shouldn’t be working with him, he shouldn’t be there at all. I’ve had various weird stories made up about me over the years but none as topical as this.”

Daniel Radcliffe and Erin Darke’s self-isolation actvities

Radcliffe mentioned two things he and Darke are doing to pass the time. One is an individual activity, but the other is something they can do together.

Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe | Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images

“I’m reading a lot, doing all the things that other people are,” Radcliffe said. “The thing that has mainly passed a lot of the time, although there is now a huge hole in our lives because it’s finished, we did a massive Lego project: A 3200-ish piece set of Jurassic Park. It’s the doors and a T-Rex. It’s awesome. It was very, very fun to do and took up a lot of time and weirdly meditative.”

Erin Darke did the heavy Lego lifting

Radcliffe gave Darke credit where it was due. She really built Jurassic Park, but she was kind enough to let him help. 

“I think we did it over the course of three days,” Radcliffe said. “We could’ve done it faster if we’d been exclusively doing it but we’ve got the time. I actually find the trying to follow instructions and wonder if I’m getting it right part quite stressful but I don’t really do that. I just organize the pieces into shapes and colors. Then I pass them to Erin as she puts it together. So when I say I built a Lego, I helped.”

Radcliffe turned his camera around to show Colbert and the folks at home their Jurassic Park build.

“I can’t believe I’m getting ready to go on Stephen Colbert and show him my Legos,” Radcliffe said. “The doors open.”