Rupert Grint or, as the world knows him, Ron Weasley, the red haired boy in the Harry Potter movie series by JK Rowling, reveals his personal phobias and secrets. These spurious factoids come as Rupert celebrates his 25th Birthday, today. So kick back and enjoy some of the lesser known facts and secrets of Rupert Grint.
Rupert wanted to become an ice cream van man, before he became a famous actor. With his paycheck from the first Harry Potter movie, he bought himself a Mr Whippy van from the ’70s and delighted his fellow co-stars with lollies and ice creams, on the last day of filming.
As if the ice cream van wasn’t enough for Grint, the actor was also given a unicycle, which he received as a birthday present on his 14th. Overall, he has spent millions on his fetish for unusual vehicles, including an orange Range Rover, a swan shaped pedalo and a hovercraft that sits on his lake.
As seen in the Harry Potter movies, it’s not just Ron Weasley that suffers from arachnophobia. Rupert has said to the media that his phobia for spiders has really had an impact on his life; he always checks his sheets and pillows before he goes to bed, just in case there might be a spider waiting to welcome him.
When Rupert auditioned for the part of Ron Weasley, with the casting directors of Harry Potter, he performed a rap and sent it as his audition tape:
“Hello there my name’s Rupert Grint, I hope you like this and don’t think I stink. I’m four-foot nine and age eleven.”
In a mad departure from the norm, it is said that he actually dressed up as a woman for the audition.
Aside from collecting unusual vehicles, his phobia for spiders, owning an ice cream truck and being a wannabe rapper, Rupert has a hidden talent. He has great aptitude for playing the guitar (perfectly normal), the banjo, (a little more unusual) and, of course, the infamous Australian wind instrument, the didgeridoo (bonkers territory). He said, to play the didgeridoo is very tricky to get it right, it requires a technique of breathing which is different from regular breathing, but can be a very impressive party trick with which to amaze all of your friends.
Happy birthday, Rupert. Here’s to the next quarter of a century.
Written By: Landi Bezuidenhout