The Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe may appear to have it all but in actuality he is on a journey of self-destruction. Jernigan wrote a book titled "The Life and Career of Daniel Radcliffe" that will hit shelves in July.
Daniel Radcliffe seems to be the most enviable young star. He has a beautiful girlfriend and his every move on screen is worshipped by millions of die-hard fans.
However, appearances hide the reality underneath the veneer. The 24 year old actor has many issues that he needs to come face to face with.
Not only does he have a motor disorder but he is an inveterate alcoholic. And the young adult is in pain especially after the demise of his best friend.
A journalist, Jernigan, who recently wrote a book on Daniel went into the details of his life. His illness is a rare form of degeneration that affects recall power and active abilities.
Due to this malady, Radcliffe had to forgo many of his scenes on the Harry Potter series. He got so inactive at times due to his condition that he could not even perform the simplest actions and so shooting had to be delayed.
“He would go into episodes where he couldn’t do anything, even tie his shoes,” Jernigan tells RadarOnline of Radcliffe’s early days on the Harry Potter set. “They had to stop production more than a few times.”
“Daniel felt [the disorder] held him back in a lot of ways,” the author continues. “He didn’t feel like a normal kid. He felt lost.”
Of course, as often happens in such circumstances, Daniel took to the bottle as a compensatory move. And he started partying like crazy. He slowly but steadily became a booze addict. And soon he had lost all his friends and become totally dependant upon fire water.
“He snuck drinks when he lived at home with his parents,” the writer says. “Then when he moved out with a friend at just 17, he became totally dependent on alcohol. He tried to hide his issues behind the drink.”
Daniel Radcliffe “preferred to go to bed with a bottle rather than hang out with friends,” Jernigan says. “He realized he was becoming an alcoholic.”
He tried letting go of his bad habit but soon relapsed after going clean for awhile. He just couldn’t live up to his expectations of himself.
Furthermore, to add fuel to the fire, his best friend and costar Richard Griffiths died last year leaving Daniel even more distraught. He bawled like a baby at his funeral.
“Daniel considered Richard his best friend,” Jernigan says. “He openly wept at the funeral. He was very disturbed by Richard’s passing. It really set him back.”
However, recently Radcliffe started substituting the drinks and parties with a healthier addiction: reading. He heads home from work and starts reading paperback after paperback.
“At his home, he recently served a friend champagne, but he stuck to water,” the author says. “He told her he doesn’t drink anymore, he just doesn’t need to.“
“He has a passion for reading. He reads one book after another,” Jernigan says. “He doesn’t do a lot of partying, it takes him places he knows he shouldn’t go.”
Finally, he has found a better alternative to self-destruction and self-sabotage. His bibliophile ways are a far better solution to his inner demons than getting pickled.