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Daniel Radcliffe On Love And Life After 'Harry Potter'

Daniel Radcliffe

First Posted: 01/06/12 12:18 PM ET Updated: 01/08/12 12:00 PM ET

Daniel Radcliffe spent 10 years of his life playing the world's most famous boy wizard, and now that he's left Hogwarts behind him, he opens up about life after "Harry Potter."

The 22-year-old actor stars in the upcoming "The Woman in Black," his first film since giving up his wand, and tells Parade magazine he doesn't feel pressure to recreate the success of the Potter series with his future work.

Radcliffe says he doesn't fear his star burning out, but says it's a reality. "I have accepted that. It's a great relief that I will never, ever do a film as successful as the Harry Potter series. But neither will anybody else," he said with a laugh. "Or it will take them a long time."

The actor, who broke away from his wizard work with performances on Broadway in "Equus" and "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" also opened up to the magazine about his love life with girlfriend Rosie Coker.

The star says he's "absolutely" in love with Coker, who he's been dating since August and tells Parade, "When Rosie's here, every day seems better ... I'm not an easy person to love. There are lots of times when I'm a very good boyfriend but there are times when I'm useless."

Radcliffe is utterly self-deprecating as he calls himself a "mess around the house" who talks "nonstop" and becomes "obsessed with things." But says Coker puts up with him anyway, loving him for his oddness and awkwardness and the things he says he hates about himself.

Radcliffe also spoke about his decision to give up alcohol. In July, he told GQ UK that he had become reliant on alcohol to enjoy things and recognized the problem before it started.

Half a year later he tells Parade that he felt like his "inner life was being drowned."

"I've worked with Richard Harris, Gary Oldman, all those actors who went crazy when they were young, and I always wanted that. The idea of that kinds of life and chaos was always so appealing to me," he admitted. "Unfortunately, the way I do it, there is no romance in it! There is nothing glorious or triumphant about it -- it was pathetic, boring, and unhappy."

For more, click over to Parade.

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