This month's Out magazine features an interview with Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, a pocket-sized heartthrob who is essentially the ideal heterosexual man. And girls, he's single and ready to mingle. Why is he so wonderful? Let's take a look.
He has a British accent, duh.
He's handsome, duh.
He loves theater. Radcliffe had a terrific run two years ago in the West End and on Broadway in Equus, a performance so strong it almost entirely eclipsed all the hubbub about his lengthy nude scene. Now he's coming back to Broadway in How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, a musical. Yes, he sings. Radcliffe says of his love for Broadway:
It's very, very hard to actually describe why New York is so brilliant. But the community is amazing, and if you get involved with all those events, and you show how much you love and appreciate being there, you really get nothing but generosity and kindness back.
Well, you could get a little more back if you want, Daniel.
He's politically savvy:
DR: I've been trying to. Certainly, British politics have been fantastic. I've not been keeping up with America quite as much.
OLJ: I've paid a bit of attention to the politics of Nick Clegg [leader of the government's coalition partner, the Liberal Democrats]. Are you a fan?
DR: I'm a very big fan. I've actually met him, and I have to say he's a really, really good man. I don't agree with everything he says, but of all the party leaders, he was the one I voted for. I thought he was a great speaker and very charismatic and very statesmanlike. And I'm glad that he is still in a prominent position in British politics because I think he could make a great contribution. He comes from absolutely the right place in terms of what his values are.
He's a friend to the queers! He's worked with The Trevor Project, a crisis hotline for GLBTQ youth. His Out interview is with trans singer Our Lady J, a friend of his. Plus, he's modest about his gay champion status:
OLJ: ...[I]s there anything you would like to see for the LGBTQ community around the world, not just in the U.S. or the U.K.?
DR: Well, obviously, in general terms, yes. The world needs to become better educated, but I would defer to you slightly on that, J, because I would never profess to be an expert. What would be high on your priority list?
Best of all, he's single, coming to New York, and wants to date YOU.
DR: I was in a relationship with somebody for just about three years, and we broke up just shortly before we hit that mark. But [the breakup] was very amicable. At the moment, I'm just being single and running around chasing girls. [Laughs] I'm not getting too many responses, but, yes, I'm having a go. I'm also starting to go on dates for the first time. I've never really done it because all my girlfriends that I've ever met, I've met through work. So we got to know each other really well at work and then kind of ended up going out.
OLJ: What is it like to go on dates as Daniel Radcliffe?
DR: It's quite nerve-racking because it's not something I'm used to. Not that I struggle with talking, but I have this incredible anxiety about awkward silences and pauses and all that stuff, which I think everybody worries about. But I get quite wound up about that beforehand. I do actually manage to get quite chatty in the end — probably too much — and probably a bit boring. I just try to make girls laugh. That's really the only thing I'm particularly good at on dates.
OLJ: Well that'll give the ladies of New York City something to look forward to when you're in town.
DR: [Laughs] I can't pretend I haven't thought about that a couple of times. I've already had people offering to set me up!
So there you go. Hang around the theater, befriend his castmates, befriend Our Lady J, do whatever you have to do to win a date with this perfect straight man. Just don't get comprehensive facial electrolysis, a dress, and a shiny new wig and bribe a bellhop into giving you his hotel room number, because that idea is already taken by, uh, someone, all right?