Rupert Grint Biography: Crew Members’ Quotes

David Barron | Steffi Bruhn |David Heyman | Jane Hirshenson | David Holmes | Nadine Jolson| Steve Kloves | Kitty Kratschke| Karen Lindsay-Steward | Martin Pope |Michael Price | JK Rowling | Jody Savin |Helen Sloan | Terje Strømstad

David Barron, Producer Harry Potter

“People I think, underestimate Rupert as an actor; because he is so funny and he makes it look so easy.”
(Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Ultimate Edition, December 2009)

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Steffi Bruhn, Make-up designer Into The White

“I just have to say that Rupert is TERRIFIC! I’ve never met an actor like him before. Unbelievable! He is a professional man in the most positive way. He has discipline, such a natural discipline. He dressed up in his costume every morning and in the evening undressed exactly the same. Nevertheless if outside or inside, hot or cold, he paid perfectly attention to his precious original Costume-Details. Rupert was perfect, just perfect!”

“Oh my god, he was the most uncomplicated of them all. He pulled them on, they fit, boom, finished, thank you! Totally thankful for everything, he was happy. No complaining, no grouching, fantastic. Just fantastic. You chose someone really special, to give your attention to. It was amazing to see how he is in when concentrated, very subtle. The scene begins and he IS there! Amazing!”

“I wish him from the bottom of my heart, that he will get the opportunity to show his natural talent. Because I really believe in it.”
(ICM exclusive Interview, December 2011)

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David Heyman, Producer Harry Potter

“There was a lot of playing around. Dan & Rupert reprogrammed Robbie Coltrane’s mobile phone into Turkish which caused dismay on Robbie’s part.”
(Harry Potter and the philosopher stone DVD, 2002)

“Success has not gone to his head. He is a natural comedian, and his future is what he makes of it. There will always be a need for actors of his great instinct and talent.”
(The Guardian, 27 November 2004)

“And Rupert’s very close to his family, like Ron.”
(Empire Magazine June 2009)

“Rupert is just a natural comedian. I think he will always work.”
(USA Today, July 15, 2009)

“…genuine eccentric.”
(Entertainment Weekly, July 2009)

“And Rupert — Rupert is the most natural comedian of the bunch. I think that he is like an old person in a young person’s body. He is a wonderful eccentric, a distinct original.”
(LA Times Hero Blog Complex, July 20, 2009)

“Rupert is funny, witty, droll. He has the humor of someone 20 years older than he is.”
(Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Ultimate Edition)

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Jane Hirshenson, Casting Department Harry Potter

“We also screen-tested several candidates for Harry’s best friend, Ron Weasley. At first, Chris and I were on opposite sides of this one. He liked one Ron; I liked the other, who I thought had this adorable goofiness that was just perfect for the hapless but determined Ron. When we looked at the test a second time, Chris must have seen what I saw, because he switched his vote. Rupert Grint would play Ron Weasley.”
(A Star Is Found, 2004)

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David Holmes, Soundtrack Composer Cherrybomb

“He is… you know, to be quite honest, I was completely gobsmacked. He gives an absolutely incredible performance and his Belfast accent is flawless.”
(ICM Exclusive Interview 2008)

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Nadine Jolson, director of publicity for Unclaimed Freight Productions

“We love Rupert and, of course, we adore Alan.”
(, May 2012)

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Steve Kloves, Screenwriter Harry Potter

“And Rupert is a kind of genius. I really believe that. I think Rupert is someone who has made lines hysterical that, honestly, I don’t think are that funny.”
(Creative Screenwriting, November/December 2005)

He was pleased to be able to give Rupert Grint, who plays Harry’s best friend, Ron Weasley, room to stretch in “Goblet of Fire”. Grint, he says, is such a natural-born comedian that the filmmakers have to fight the urge to let him become simply the comic relief.

“In ‘Goblet’ – we gave him some brass, which made me very happy. Rupert is amazingly funny, but I didn’t want him to become Abbott to Harry’s Costello.”
(The Los Angeles Times, 20 November 2005)

“Ron grow much stronger in the script at the last three movies […] he became a really wonderful character for writing and Rupert is so brilliant in playing him. I think we so underestimate Rupert, how he plays that character…”
(The Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection website, July 2012)

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Kitty Kratschke, Make-up artist Into The White

“We curled Rupert’s hair and painted the freckles. He looked so sweet with them. And I guess that’s the reason he didn’t like it very much and was relieved to wash it off every evening and to just be Rupert again. But he never complained!!
(ICM Exclusive Interview, October 2011)

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Karen Lindsay-Steward, HP Casting Director

“There is a warmth about Rupert, which is absolutely part of the character of Ron. Ron is kind and thoughtful and slightly insecure, and has a generousness of spirit that I also see in Rupert. There are no short cuts with children. You have to see as many as possible until you find the one who has the spark you’re looking for. I’ll go anywhere – primary schools and youth groups, as well as agents and drama schools. The great thing is that every child knows the characters inside out…”

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Martin Pope, Producer Wild Target

“Rupert Grint, who is a huge star, it’s delightful to have him in a low budget comedy doing something very different from what he has become incredible famous for in the Potter movies and he is just great. He completes the trio in a brilliant way.”
(Wild Target DVD)

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Michael Price, Soundtrack Composer Wild Target

“Tony is a wonderful character, open and trusting, and somehow finds himself swept along on this amazing joyride. It’s great to see how he finds his talents and his place in life throughout the film, even though they may be a bit unconventional, and because Rupert is so engaging and likeable on screen, I think you happily go through that with him. I always liked Rupert in the Harry Potter films, but there’s a real warmth and humour to what he’s doing in Wild Target, which I think you’ll really enjoy. And he does appear to have some pretty surprising skills!”
(ICM Exclusive Interview 2010)

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JK Rowling, Author Harry Potter

“I’ve just come along to support Rupert who’s absolutely terrific in Driving Lessons.”
(The Mirror 8 Sept 2006)

“I was at the tea party for Driving Lessons, though, so this isn’t pure fiction. The journalist reports that I said that Rupert is ‘absolutely terrific’ in the film. He is, so that bit shouldn’t be in the rubbish bin at all.”
(JKR’s Official Website 2006)

“He is a genius!”
(The Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection website, July 2012)

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Jody Savin, screenwriter The Drummer and co-writer CBGB

“He is a brilliant young actor whose range exceeds his already stunning body of work.”
(, March 2012)

“When we were writing the script, we wanted Rupert to play Cheetah Chrome of the Dead Boys. He just looks so much like him. And we’re excited to see Rupert in a dog collar, with a scowl.”
(, June 2012)

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Helen Sloan, Stills Photographer Cherrybomb

“The camera does love Rupert. I am sure there is some scientific reason for this!”

“Rupert has a great smile which really helps the photographer. He is also a great actor, and this really comes across in the eyes for me.”

“He is very relaxed in front of the camera. I am sure he gets nervous sometimes, but it really does not show.”

“Everyone has been commenting on this shot! Usually about how pale Rupert is and how red his hair looks.
There is always a certain amount of “grading” or post processing that goes on in photography and film making, but I can safely say, Rupert is very porcelain skinned and very red haired – mother nature has blessed him, not photoshop!”
(ICM Exclusive, 20 January 2009 and 26 March 2009)

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Terje Strømstad, production manager from Into the White

“Rupert is a very calm and easygoing guy, completely free of diva-like-qualities. You don’t really understand how big he is when you’ve lived so close with him for two months, but one day I took him to Stryn to have dinner, and then I understood it. The girls flocked around him to take pictures and get autographs, and he took his time with all of them.”

“Rupert was not just a nice guy, but also an incredibly talented actor. I hope I get to work with him again.”
(, March 2012)

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