Rupert Grint Biography: Directors’ Quotes

Lisa Barros D’Sa & Glenn Leyburn| Fredrik Bond | Jeremy Brock | Juan José Campanella | Chris Columbus | Alfonso Cuaron | Peter Hewitt | Matt Lipsey | Jonathan Lynn | Randall Miller | Petter Næss | Mike Newell | Ian Rickson | David Yates

Lisa Barros D’Sa & Glenn Leyburn (Cherrybomb)

“Yeah, and we had great fun making the film. I think we’ve said that before, but we were working with a great bunch of people, and working with Rupert specifically was really good.”
(Glenn Leyburn, ICM Exclusive Interview, 23 April 2010)

“I have absolute no doubt that Rupert’s gonna have a fantastic career. He’s such a talented guy, I mean, he’s such an instinctive, intelligent actor and we sort or knew that was going to be the case and we really were blown away by his amazing performances as Malachy. So, I think, you know, the sky’s the limit for Rupert. I think it’s going to be very exciting to watch him do just that.”

“You know, you don’t know how someone who’s been a film star all their lives, really, you didn’t really know what they were going to be like or how they’ve been affected as a human being by that sort of experience. But he was such a lovely, friendly person. And, just a real joy to be around. And, such a great sense of humor.”
(Lisa Barros D’Sa, ICM Exclusive, 23 April 2010)

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Fredrik Bond (Charlie Countryman)

“He’s so synonymous with the Harry Potter series, I think that’s why he was so keen to do this. He’s dying to be doing different stuff outside of the series and be acknowledged for it. He’s an incredible actor. And it’s so different from what he’s done before. He had an amazing time.”, January 2013

“I wanted to find somebody who wasn’t expected to play that part. When we did a reading together we were playing around with how he should approach the character and I thought he was so sweet, this character who had an idea of becoming a porn star, but he didn’t play it as a macho guy. I love that mix, I love that juxtaposition.”
Entertainment Weekly, November 2013

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Jeremy Brock (Driving Lessons)

“Rupert plays it so well, he’s so good at those very small reactions. He has to spend so much of the first 1/3 of the film simply reacting, which he does beautifully, just passes it right.
(Driving Lesson DVD)

“I had seen him in all of the Harry Potter and I just thought that he’s an incredibly gifted, natural actor and I wanted that particular quality because the character then has to carry and convey feelings of inadequacies and frustrations all on his face and that’s what he’s so good at.”
(Blackfilm October 2006)

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Juan José Campanella (Foosball)

“He did an incredible job. He really loved the project and gave it some inflection, some tenderness, that I really think it was even an improvement many times on the original, so I think that he was terrific. It was really nice to work with him.”
(, October 2013)

“I loved Rupert’s work in Harry Potter and I knew he would bring an honesty and intelligence to the part of Amadeo. As it is he played the part perfectly, he has the right nuances, he is the right age and he has the right level of tenderness. It is pretty amazing what he did – he is really very, very good. I love him!”
( June 2014)

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Chris Columbus (Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets)

“When I met him, I thought: This is Ron Weasley!”
(Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Ultimate Edition)

“We immediately fell in love with Rupert Grint. He’s extremely funny and has such an incredibly warm presence.”
(Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone-Production Notes, 2001)

“Rupert, like Ron, has an amazingly good sense of humor.”
(Time for Kids: World Report edition, 26 October 2001)

“Rupert was so strong in that moment.”
(About the chess scene in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone Ultimate Edition DVD)

“For Rupert, for Ron Weasley, same sort of situation happened. He immediately popped off the screen. Rupert is a very shy kid, but he had this devilish, mischievous quality, and he had a face that I’ve never seen before. I mean he was just unique, in his face was just a wealth of all these emotions. He had a wonderful sense of humor, but also a sense of soul. He really felt, like he was one of the Weasley children, and we all fell in love with him for Ron Weasley.”
(Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Ultimate Edition DVD, December 2009)

„Rupert was amazing from his first audition – and he’d only ever been in school plays before that. Then the key was when we put Rupert, Emma and Dan together: There was a tremendous amount of chemistry and charm.”
(Empire Magazine July 2011)

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Alfonso Cuaron (Prisoner of Azkaban)

“I’ve never seen a young actor with such a brilliant timing for comedy. But that’s Rupert in real life as well. Definitely there’s a career there for both of them (Rupert and Emma) if they want it.”
(Growing up with Harry Potter, The Telegraph, 24 May 2004)

“Rupert is not with us. He is in a happier place called “Rupertland”. He’s a little like Chauncey Gardiner from ‘Being There’. Is he a genius… or is he a fool?”
(Entertainment Weekly, 11 June 2004)

Directing the third Harry Potter movie, Cuaron came away with a strong impression of the red-haired but bashful Rupert Grint as the likely future star out of the Hogwarts trio. The director noted that it was interesting to observe Grint’s shyness with girls compared to Garcia Bernal’s legendary affinity for the ladies.
(Bay Area Reporter, 28 December 2006)

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Peter Hewitt (Thunderpants)

“And then we got together on time, and that was just a no-brainer. He was so completely Alan.”

“And then Rupert hot off, you know, eight months of Harry Potter, was this constitute professional, knew all the tricks, you know. Find his light, hit his mark, and all this stuff, and was outrageously good. But could also, you know, twist and change his performance.”
(Thunderpants UK DVD)

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Matt Lipsey (Sick Note)

“Over the years in Harry Potter, I’d seen Rupert really grow as an actor. I saw him in the re-staging of Mojo. He was playing a speed-fuelled thug opposite Daniel Mays. They were that show’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Rupert was utterly astonishing. So I knew he had what it takes to play this man who gets tangled up in a web of his own making as his trail of lies gets worse and worse. Rupert instantly made the part his own.”
(, November 2017)

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Jonathan Lynn (Wild Target)

“Rupert is an excellent actor and what he brought to it was his strong screen presence. Also, his sense of innocence.”

“It was excellent. Bill and Emily were old friends already. They got along well with Rupert, who is a very nice, easy-going, charming person. It would be hard not to get along with him.”

“His presence, his simplicity, the honesty in his acting and the confidence which which he approaches his work.” (On Rupert’s strengths as an actor)
(ICM Exclusive Interview)

“And it was really interesting to work with Rupert Grint, who I’d only really seen as a kid. He’s grown up into a really good actor…”
(Wild Target DVD)

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Randall Miller, director of The Drummer

“Rupert’s character is the window into Dennis’ world. He is the everyman who witnesses the train wreck. Rupert is going to nail it.”

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Petter Næss (Into The White)

“There are many talented young actors, but Rupert Grint is very right for the role. I can say just that he’ll play a young, rebellious and redheaded rebel.”
(Press conference 2011)

“Rupert Grint is always very focused and his intense performances always feel very real and authentic. On top of that his looks make him perfect for the role and also helps to create a visual variation in this ensemble film.

“In Comrade Rupert Grint plays a man that is streetwise, unafraid, straightforward and with a powerful temper. Robert is also a man that speaks his mind all the time, often to provoke the others. So yes, I think this performance will put Rupert in a different light.”
(on Comrade Blog published by Zentropa Norway Tumblr April 2011)

“I only met him once before shooting the movie. Just sitting in this Soho hotel and had lunch. And he was a nice guy. I tried to be on my best side, and then he said yes!”

“I had some thoughts myself, and I mentioned those thoughts to the agent and then he suggested Rupert because we were just starting to search for actors. There’s something about… it had to be a fiery, street-wise [guy] and there’s something about seeing him in the movies, in the Harry Potter movies and all that, that he’s a nice guy but he also has a temperament.

He has the ability to be… you know… but even if he’s fiery and he’s really out there and speaks his mind, there’s always a nice side to him. I wanted this Gunner Robert Smith to be a really nice guy that just has a temperament and speaks his mind and dares to confront the enemy and authorities and I felt that from looking at the work that Rupert had done, I felt that he had this – definitely is very charming, boyish and I like [laughs] for me, I don’t know, I’ve always had a fascination for red-haired people, my wife has red hair, my daughter has and there’s something about it that just stands out. I’m not saying that they’re on fire but there’s something about it that’s rare in a positive way. So that combination of temperament and kindness I felt that Rupert had, and also I met him and he’s a nice guy, sweet very sweet.”
(ICM exclusive interview, Novemer 2011)

“Rupert has been very professional. “Very well prepared”…Norwegian actors aren’t always that prepared and it was nice to work with someone who shows up and is ready to go.”
(, March 2012)

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Mike Newell (Goblet of Fire)

“You might think Rupert was rather dozy, but he’s a glorious comic. He’ll be a name.”
(Telegraph, 28 October 2005)

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Ian Rickson (Mojo)

“I’d seen the Potter films with my daughter and always thought Rupert was truthful as Ron Weasley.
There’s something ordinary and centred about him, and in this world of Mojo you want that grittiness”
(Daily Mail, 25 July 2013)

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David Yates (Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows)

“He’s always been the funny one, but he has so much more as an actor than that. In Prince, he has lovely stuff that’s funny and true, but in Deathly Hallows, he must be defensive and haunted, and Rupert took to that like a duck to water. I’m always thankful that Jo Rowling gave us a world that allowed us to turn corners with the actors.”
(Baltimore Sun, April 30th, 2009)

“He has never changed. He’s just Rupert, really laid-back and cool. He’s the coolest person I know. He’s so relaxed.”
(USA Today, July 2009)

“Rupert is such a natural comedian,” Yates affirms. “He was always coming up with surprising little things that made us all laugh. So it was a real thrill to direct him in the comedy scenes, which is something I didn’t really have an opportunity to do on ‘Order of the Phoenix.”
(Warner Bros., July 21th, 2009)

“There will be so many happy memories of the people I’ve worked with. Rupert Grint’s corpsing [cracking up during a take] will stay with me for the rest of my life. He is a terrible corpser and he always tries to hide it. I was doing a shot today where he walks towards Emma — he started to go before he was within seven feet of her and then tried to hide behind her so we couldn’t see. It’s so sweet.”
(Total Film Magazine, August 2009)

“I’ve sat in screenings with audiences who’ve watch what Rupert can do, and he obviously connects with them really brilliantly. That’s the comfort zone the audience had with him. It’s Rupert; he’ll be funny, and appealing. But, he can do really serious, straight stuff. And we’re seeing stuff Rupert do in the Hallows part 1 and Hallows part 2 which is really grown up and dark. You watch and, oh God, it’s really powerful.”
(Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Ultimate Edition, December 2009)

“I think Rupert could be a really wonderful, straight actor. You can always think of him as a comedian and I sometimes watch Rupert when he’s off camera and he’s just off to the side between takes, because he’s the quietest member of the cast and crew. There’s a real poetry about Rupert as a human being, as an actor. I think he could be really, really good. But it’s interesting, the audience is so programmed to just find him funny all the time. He’s a funny guy, isn’t he, so it’s great for him to do some serious stuff.”
(The Star November 2010)

“When you see Part 1 and Part 2, Rupert plays a really straight emotional line, which is intriguing because you’re so used to him doing the gags. My hope is that the audience is gonna go, ‘Oh my God, I didn’t know he could do that.’”
(Empire Magazine July 2011)

“Rupert Grint, ever since I’ve known him, has probably been the coolest person I’ve ever met in my life. He has a hovercraft [and] an ice cream van. He’s really laid back, but quietly quite smart.”
( July 2011)

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