Harry Potter Star Tom Felton Says Playing Draco 'Wasn't Cool' For Schoolmates

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There is little doubt that working in the Harry Potter films was a life-changing opportunity for Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint. However, it didn't work that way for Tom Felton. The Draco Malfoy actor has just admitted that being a part of the franchise didn't affect his popularity in school and that the other students didn't consider it as being particularly "cool."

Tom Felton recently sat down for an interview with The Guardian where he revealed that he was able to work and go to school when the Harry Potter movies were being filmed unlike his other co-stars.

"My schedules were fixed in a way I could stay at school with weeks on and weeks off," Felton said. "Rupert, Emma, and Daniel, meanwhile, were there non-stop for 10 years. I carried on as normal."

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The former The Flash star then stated that his classmates didn't really care much that he was part of a multi-billion dollar franchise. "I’d get the occasional gag or comment from my mates, but honestly nobody was bothered," Felton said.

"Some people really struggle with the idea that I wasn’t this special, popular kid, but I was walking around with dyed hair and played an evil wizard. It wasn’t cool. It did me no favours with the girls," he continued.

Although being in the Harry Potter movies didn't make Felton popular in school, things worked out for the then-child actor in the end. He would continue with his acting career and enjoy a life-long friendship with his co-stars, most specifically Emma Watson.


Tom Felton recently turned to theater, appearing in the thriller play 2:22: A Ghost Story at the West End theatre in London. The new play marks his first time performing on the stage in 30 years. He will play Sam in the stage play on its 17-week run with eight performances a week.

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