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Daniel Radcliffe Says He Doesn’t Watch “Heavy” Dramas Like ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Breaking Bad’

"Honestly, I watch cartoons, and I watch reality TV," the actor explains.

Daniel Radcliffe has revealed his preferred shows that he likes to consume and it may come as a surprise to some that it’s not popular television dramas.

Following his time leading the widely successful Harry Potter franchise, the actor has found joy in guest starring in adult animation series, including The Simpsons, particularly because those are some of his favorites to watch.

“Honestly, I watch cartoons, and I watch reality TV,” Radcliffe recently told CBR. “I’ve never seen Breaking Bad. I’ve never watched The Sopranos, or The Wire. All the sort-of, heavy hour-long stuff. Just, I can’t. … I think it does probably in part stem from growing up on The Simpsons in the way that I think so many people of our generation’s kids.”

The Miracle Workers actor has not only landed guest voice roles in three episodes of The Simpsons, but also in other animations over the years, such as Robot ChickenBoJack HorsemanRick and MortyDigman! and Mulligan.

“I was watching Jeopardy! the other night, and one of the contestants credited a ton of his trivia knowledge to The Simpsons. That’s absolutely true of me as well,” he explained. “There are so many weird facts, and things from my general knowledge of the world to my sense of humor were formed in some way by The Simpsons.”

For Radcliffe, one reason he enjoys animated projects is because he feels they’re able to depict things that wouldn’t work in live-action.

The actor added, “It makes sense that our generation of people that have grown up on The Simpsons would want to continue watching more adult-themed cartoons when they got older.”

In 2022, Radcliffe told The Hollywood Reporter that he wanted to be known as an actor who always makes interesting choices, and chooses projects purely because they excite him.

“When I finished Potter and was trying to figure out what my career was after that, I always said that I wanted to be the kind of actor that keeps his roles interesting enough that when you’ve got something coming out, people go, ‘Oh, he’s in that, he always makes interesting choices,’” he explained at the time.

“I’m very fortunate in that I’m mostly in a position now to pick jobs on the basis of what seems fun,” he added. “It’s like, what seems like it’ll be a really fun thing to do?”

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